Does your home have thermal insulation?

Well we can guarantee after reading this you will want to invest. Insulation has enjoyed a lot of positive press recently and rightly so. Not only does it reduce unwanted heat loss or gain, it can also decrease the energy demands of heating and cooling systems.

How much insulation a house should have depends on building design, climate, energy costs, budget, and personal preference.

We are thrilled to announce Aus Home Insulation will showcase the exciting SuperQuilt insulation product at the Build & Renovating Expo. The innovative multi-layer insulation blanket for roofs, walls and floors provides massive thermal insulation in a thin, flexible, easy to fit multi-layer membrane.

This revolutionary insulation product is widely used in the UK, Europe and in particular Germany, a country which produces 20% of its energy needs through renewable energy and is widely known for their energy saving technology.

Due to the special composition of multi-layers of insulation, SuperQuilt effectively deals with all forms of energy transfer (ie. conduction, convection and radiation) and works most effectively by reflecting infra-red radiation.  This means that not only is SuperQuilt effective in winter by reflecting heat back into the building and cold out, but also in summer it is a very effective solar over heating barrier, therefore reducing the need for artificial cooling systems and preventing uncomfortable heat build up in the roof.

Insulation is the most effective way to improve the energy efficiency of your home.  Studies have shown that insulation of your home reduces the cost of heating and cooling by over 40%, therefore paying for itself in almost 5 to 6 year.  And insulation with a higher R-value results in even less requirement for heating and cooling, and will have more drastic effects on your energy costs.

For example, in Melbourne, adding R3.0 to ceilings and R1.5 to walls can save an additional 12% on energy bills each year (www.allstarenergyrating.com.au/insulation types.pdf).  As of January last year, the average energy costs in Melbourne in a house of 200 sqm was $507.00 per month (www.liveinvictoria.vic.gov.au).  That’s a saving of around $60 per month / $780 per year simply by increasing the R value in the ceiling by R0.5 (minimum requirement in Victoria is R2.5).

As SuperQuilt has an R rating of 2.85 for roofs and R3.1 for walls, application of SuperQuilt would again result in further savings.  Energy saving calculators using Melbourne examples showed another 14.5% increase in energy savings by also increasing wall insulation from R1.0 to R2.5.  This equates to an additional saving of $70 per month, a yearly saving of $1660.00 by simply increasing the insulation in the ceiling by R0.5 and the insulation in the wall by R2.5.

SuperQuilt is only 40mm thick which isn’t very common in insulation types of similar R ratings.  This attribute allows for ease of application, with quick and simple installation by DIY home renovators and owner builders, again reducing labour costs.  Due to being so thin, SuperQuilt fits in smaller cavities and is easy to cut at corners and windows allowing for a reduction in heat loss through windows due to air leakage at gaps.  Studies show that 25% of heating energy is lost due to air leakage at the building fabric.

SuperQuilt is a reflective foil which also allows for ease of application being a non irritating material which is also non asthmatic or allergenic.  It’s also an aluminium foil material compared to a metalized plastic material which dramatically improves the non-flammability of the material.

Watch this video below to view the SuperQuilt in action;

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Be sure to chat to the Aus Home Insulation team on stand k23 at the Build and Renovating Expo for a demonstration of application at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre from 4 – 6 July, 2014.

For more information or to register, visit buildexpo.com.au