Wood is a fantastic natural material that has extremely useful properties when made into insulation, properties that are rarely, if ever, matched by synthetic insulations. It is a carbon negative material (locks up carbon) rather than emitting carbon during manufacture and massively reduces the impact that newly built or refurbished buildings have on the environment.
What is internal insulation? Internal insulation is essentially insulation which is applied to the inner face of external walls in a building. It’s usually bonded or screwed to the walls and usually extends from the very bottom of the ground floor all the way up to the eaves level and then carries on and meets up with the roof insulation. It’s there to provide a full internal skin of insulation to keep the interior of the building warm.
On this episode I’m talking about air tightness and answering some questions we regularly get asked. So starting at the beginning – what is air tightness? Air tightness essentially is a measure of how much air leaks out from the interior of a building when there is a pressure difference between the interior and the exterior.
In this episode specifically we’re going to be answering questions all about cavity wall insulation. Cavity wall insulation’s a topic that I get asked an awful lot about and come across a lot of situations where it’s used either inappropriately or it isn’t used when it should be used. So I’m going to answer all the questions that we’ve been asked over the last year or so and hopefully answer everyone’s questions about it.
So, in this episode I’m going to take a bit of a departure from the usual line that I go down in looking at the different issues, and actually look to the future. There’s so many exciting new developments in construction that are taking place, that really have the power to revolutionise how we build buildings and create buildings that really without that sort of technology, we wouldn’t be able to produce otherwise.
In this episode specifically, I am going to be talking about the various different manufacturers of wood fibre insulation, the differences in their products and the similarities in their products and also all the things that you need to consider when you’re buying your wood fibre insulation.
Welcome to this week’s ‘Back to Earth’ podcast. This show is for building professionals and is all about the use of sustainable building materials. This week I’m going to cover a presentation that I did to the Green Register and the ASBP in Bristol, which is basically a wood fibre 101 which really goes into detail about wood fibre, the way it’s manufactured and all the different uses of it.
As an independent company, we at Back to Earth have all of the materials on the open market to choose from when selecting the best materials to supply to our customers. We’ve chosen wood fibre insulation because of it’s amazing properties that make it so useful in construction. Here are some of the reasons why.
This week we have three or maybe four main areas of questions. We’ve had quite a few enquiries about roof insulation this week. We have a load of enquiries about a floor construction without using concrete. We’ve got enquiries about fixing fixtures and fittings to walls after they’ve been insulated and then we’ve got a load of questions about render and what they can be applied to, how you care for them, how long it takes to dry and how you clean them.