Insulating your property is a crucial part of the whole-house approach to a more comfortable and sustainable lifestyle. Get the insulation right and you will be insulating yourself and any future buyers against the threat of increases in fuel prices.
GREEN LIVING HOMES NATURAL INSULATION MATERIALS
Some mainstream insulation can contain fibreglass, formaldehyde, and other toxic components. At Green Living Homes we use a collection of Natural materials such as Jeans, Wool, Cellulose and Spray Foam.
Recycled waste denim from manufacturers is used. Did you know that cotton fibre is as effective as fibreglass providing both thermal and noise insulation. Wool is another natural fibre that is used for insulation and is naturally resistant to fire. Cellulose comes from recycled shredded newspaper - it is treated with non-toxic substances to inhibit susceptibility to fire and mould.
Believe it not there is such a thing as eco - friendly spray foam insulations! Water based spray is a mix of carbon dioxide and water and is sprayed into spaces where it swells, just like traditional unnatural foams.
CAVITY WALL INSULATION
As the name suggests, cavity wall insulation is designed to fit between the two parts of the wall. The external wall of a house is constructed of two masonry (brick or block) walls, with a cavity (gap) of at least 50mm between.
At Green Living Homes natural materials such as Cellulose (made of recycled newspaper treated with a flame retardant) or spray foam is blown into the cavity.
SOLID WALL INSULATION
Alternatively insulation boards for internal or external insulation are made from wool, hemp, jeans straw. For this type of insulation you will need to ensure that the wall is sound and free from damp. Internal insulation however does reduce internal floor space.
Insulating under the floorboards on your ground floor will save on your energy bills. New or existing timber floors can be fitted with quilt loose fibre or rigid board. Green Living Homes use Bamboo, cork, stone, and rubber linoleum as part of this process.
Heat rises! Around a quarter or more of the heat lost from an un-insulated home escapes through the roof. Insulating your roof or attic is a simple way to save that waste and reduce heating bills! Loft insulation should be effective for at least 40 years - so it will more than pay for itself. Mineral Wool, rock fibre and natural sheep wool are all suitable for Roof insulation. Rolls of mineral wool are laid between and at right angles to the joists of the attic.
DOUBLE AND TRIPLE GLAZING WINDOWS
All properties loose heat through their windows. Having double or triple window glazing keeps heat within the home, reduces energy bills, insulates against noise outside and reduces your carbon footprint!
The cavity between the sheets of glass is often filled with gas, (argon) being the most common to further reduce heat loss. Triple glazing performs better than double glazing, especially acoustically!