In the realm of contemporary architecture, the significance of thermal insulation in building facades cannot be overstated. Architects, builders, and engineers are increasingly turning to innovative solutions to enhance the thermal performance of buildings. Let’s have a look at what thermal insulation is, what can be used as insulation material and why are aluminium composite panels so popular.
Why do we need thermal insulation in buildings?
Well-installed thermal insulation guarantees indoor thermal comfort and this impacts the well-being and productivity of everyone in the building. In a well-insulated room or building people can, amongst other things, think clearly and be effectively productive.
Effects when a building is not thermally insulated
When a building is not well-insulated it is often too cold in a room during winter and people easily feel stressed or annoyed. If a conference room, for instance, is uncomfortably cold people can easily become distracted.
When, on the other hand, a room is too hot during summer due to a lack of good insulation people can become sleepy and suffer to concentrate. Usually, when there is insufficient or no insulation, heating or air-conditioning is turned on to compensate for the temperature changes. Unfortunately, these measures are not very effective. They increase energy bills and are not environmentally friendly.
How does thermal insulation work?
Nowadays thermal insulation of buildings plays an important role when buildings are designed or renovated. If a building is well insulated, heat is blocked either in or out of the structure. During winter it stops heat from “escaping” while it forms a barrier to stop external heat from entering the building in summer. The temperature inside the building will normally always be comfortable – in winter and summer.
The best way to insulate a building is to incorporate facades with the insulating material.
Insulation materials in facades
Different materials that can be used for façade insulation include the following:
- Mineral wool
- Natural cork
- Expanded as well as extruded Polystyrene
- Cellulose fibre
- Aluminium composite cladding and aluminium panel cladding
Aluminium composite panels as facades
Although many materials can be used as insulation the recent trend is to use aluminium composite panels as facades.
What is an aluminium composite panel?
An aluminium composite panel consists of two thin coil-coated aluminium sheets with a core of non-aluminium material. Usually, the core consists of polyethene or a fire-resistant mineral filler.
Reasons why aluminium composite panels are a popular material to use for insulation
Reasons why composite aluminium panels are chosen by many as ideal for effective insulation include
- the strength of the material,
- the easy installation process,
- the freedom it offers designers to use the product in any form, and
- the fact that it is a material that reduces the carbon footprint.
Aluminium panel cladding in Sydney
For Australians, aluminium cladding is also becoming a trend, especially in Sydney. For more information regarding aluminium panel cladding in Sydney, contact one of the many companies providing this insulation material.