How to know what type of, and how much, insulation your building needs

As building codes are updated, they tend to focus on changes that will improve energy efficiency and that means better insulated buildings. Well insulated buildings tend to lead to more efficient buildings with lower energy bills that are quieter and more comfortable inside.

But the answer isn’t always a better insulated building. It’s important to first think about how your building is being used. If it’s corporate office space, then the comfort of individuals working inside the building would be an important consideration. On the other hand, if you are a manufacturing or food processing facility, your building may require that certain conditions be met inside the building for optimal production results. By planning the right type and level of insulation, you can have a greater control over the environmental conditions inside the building.

There are also building codes and standards that must be met. These can vary from state to state and city to city. The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) has set standards for thermal insulation, which can include cement, fiber boards, glass blocks, coatings and blankets, that ‘help laboratories, device and equipment manufacturers, construction companies, and industrial firms, and other groups of people that deal with thermal insulating materials and procedures in examining these respective materials for efficiency.’

The bottom line is that there is not one set R-Value of insulation or type that will be a magic fit for your building. There are many other factors that have to be taken into considerations that will help determine the type of insulation and the amount that is needed to obtain your desired interior result. It’s critical that you work with an experienced, knowledgeable partner who understands the science of buildings and can work with you to deliver the best solution.

At Exterior Solutions Group, our experienced team has years of experience in designing the best solutions and systems that can meet your needs while maximizing your investment in your building.  Contact us today to request an evaluation.