Thermal Insulation Boards are manufactured from different types of thermal insulating material. They are sheets which have insulating qualities, and are placed into buildings where heat loss can be a problem, causing unnecessary economical costs.
They are available in many different sizes, and can be simply cut to fit the desired space, then laid, glued, or fixed into place with the appropriate fixings i.e. nails or screws. Insulation boards are made from various insulating materials, and very commonly manufactured using rigid insulating foam with a thin sheet of reflecting foil adhered to one or both sides.
The areas of a building usually requiring thermal boards or similar insulation applications are the roof, floor and exterior walls. They are generally fixed into the building at the time of construction; however boards are generally not fitted into floors or roofs, and can be applied later on in the buildings development if so desired.
In many buildings and particularly in the housing sector, solid timber in the form of head rails, studs, and sole plates, as well as intermediate floor joists and trimmers, will usually account for more than 20% of the external surface area of the building. This means that quite often less than 80% of the building is actually insulated.
Recent modern methods of construction have seen a rise in the popularity of steel framed buildings for commercial and residential developments. This is because the framed panels are constructed off-site and then transported to the location where they are erected.
To reduce heat loss a thermal insulating layer, typically some form of insulating board, is placed on the outside of the frame to eliminate thermal bridging through the metal studs. This is known as warm frame construction.
There are many different types of insulation boards and some of these can include:
Roof & Ceiling
Exterior roof insulation boards & sheets
With today's changing climate, offsetting and minimizing any carbon footprint by saving energy is becoming a popular and necessary action to take.