If you’ve ever experienced a boiler breakdown in winter and sat shivering around a small electric heater, you’ll know the effect being cold has on your quality of life.
Having a comfortable environment to live and work in is a fundamental human need. And insulating buildings is the best way to create a warm, comfortable environment.
Why Insulation is Your #1 Tool for Energy Efficiency.
Heating buildings without effective insulation is expensive. Think of the energy being used to heat a building as water running into a bucket. If your bucket is leaky water just keeps flowing out of it, but plug the hole and it quickly fills up. Insulation acts as that plug to keep the heat you’re generating inside the building – where it belongs. This means lower energy bills, and it also improves the effectiveness of using renewable heat technologies such as air source heat pumps.
There’s another reason why wrapping a building in insulation makes the environment inside more comfortable. When heat is leaking out of that metaphorical bucket, it doesn’t ooze out through a membrane, it’s funnelled through small holes. In the same way, cold winds whipping around a building literally suck the warm air out of it, creating draughts.
Even when it’s warm inside, these currents of air nip at your toes and ankles making it feel colder than it is. Insulating a building prevents warm air being sucked out, putting an end to draughts and improving overall comfort.
Unlike boilers or heat pumps, there are no annual maintenance costs with insulation. Once it’s fitted, it will keep your home or office warm for the lifetime of the building. How? Well, that’s down to the science inside glass wool insulation.
If you think back to your high school physics lessons, you’ll remember that glass is classed as an insulator – a material that’s a poor conductor of heat or electricity. In glass, electrons are packed close together with no free electrons to conduct heat. Metals, on the other hand, are good conductors.
That’s why they’re used to make electrical wires and why heat leaks out of buildings through metal beams, lintels and wall ties. Air is an excellent insulator which is why brick-built properties are constructed with cavity walls. But cavity walls aren’t perfect – circulating air continues to draw heat out of the building.
Glass wool insulation reduces heat conduction in two ways: 1) Glass is an insulation material; and 2) the fibres are structured to create millions of cells of trapped air.
The closer you look, the easier it is to see the difference.
The first step in creating glass wool insulation is to heat recycled glass to a very high temperature. When it melts, it’s then spun into thin fibres that we bind together, locking air into the gaps between the fibres.
Although air can pass between different air pockets, the route through the insulation is so complex that air finds it difficult to pass from one side to the other, preventing the convection of heat.
We’re continually working to advance glass wool science. Our new state-of-the-art furnace and advanced processing equipment help us manufacture insulation that looks better, smells better and, most importantly, provides very efficient thermal protection.
At Superglass, we’re driven to create insulation that’s sustainable for the long term. To us, that means creating a practical, long-lasting product that will keep buildings warm for decades using recycled materials.
Glass wool insulation is designed for superior thermal comfort, easily meeting the low U-values required by building regulations. But it’s not just about ticking a box. We make sure our insulation works just as well in practice as it does on paper.
Glass wool is flexible, allowing it to fit snugly against uneven surfaces, leaving no gaps for heat to escape through.
Our ’made to measure’ rolls and slabs are designed to fit between standard wall ties, joists or timber stud spacings, reducing waste and making installation easy.
What’s more, all our insulation products are certified non-combustible.
Condensation inside buildings can lead to the build-up of harmful moulds. Superglass insulation helps reduce condensation.
It can even act as an acoustic barrier, reducing noise transmission between walls, floors and adjacent dwellings.
Wrap your home in Superglass insulation and you can relax in a warm, quiet and safe environment in your home or office, knowing that you’re doing your bit to reduce energy use and look after the environment we all share – all thanks to glass science!