Are you in the process of constructing a new commercial building? Well, a great office building is the right balance between aesthetic appeal and commercial feasibility. While new designs and innovative façades are crucial for the aesthetic, a fully functional structure is one that is well planned for occupant comfort and energy efficiency. This is where new building insulation comes in.
Pure Eco Inc is a trusted and reputable new building insulation contractor that offers various insulation services that add comfort, energy efficiency, and value to commercial buildings in Los Angeles, CA. Our highly skilled and experienced team installs insulation in homes, offices, apartment buildings and more.
Options for New Building Insulation
1. Thermal Insulation
Thermal insulation is all about preventing heat transfer in and out of the building. Heat can be transmitted either to or from the building through the roofs, walls, floors, doors, windows, etc. Thermal insulation is crucial to sustaining a tolerable temperature inside the building. During hot weather, thermal insulation aims to reduce heat from entering the building. In cold conditions, insulation aims to minimize heat flow out of the building.
When choosing a thermal insulation product, there are several things to pay attention to. They include:
R-Value: Your goal should be to maximize the R-value you get for the dollar you spend. Aim to get the most R-value for your budget in the insulation material you choose.
Air filtration: Your aim should be to find an insulation material that effectively reduces air filtration. Mineral wool insulation and fiberglass insulation have been found to minimize air filtration.
Product settling: Your aim should be to find an insulation material that does not settle as its thermal performance can be sustained for the life of the building. Mineral wool and fiberglass batts do not settle, thus most ideal in this context.
UV stability: You want an insulation option that is UV stable. Mineral wool insulation and fiberglass insulation are highly UV stable, which means that they neither shrink nor experience thermal performance loss when exposed to UV rays.
At Pure Eco Inc, we can help minimize heat flow out of your new building and boost your building’s energy efficiency by installing fiberglass insulation and cellulose insulation. These two options are extremely durable, thus will offer great value for your money.
2. Acoustic/Sound Insulation
Also referred to as soundproofing, acoustic insulation includes methods of minimizing the transfer of sound from one room to another. Besides reducing sound leakage from/to adjacent rooms, soundproofing also helps to improve sound within an acoustically insulated room. This means that insulation can help building occupants create acoustically sound settings, where they can take advantage of a peaceful space, or turn up the volume without disturbing their co-workers.
Mineral wool insulation and fiberglass insulation can give your new building an edge by attaining a high level of sound control between floors and ceilings, between interior rooms, and from exterior sources. When choosing a sound insulation product, you should pay attention to the Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) and Sound Transmission Class (STC) ratings.
At Pure Eco Inc, we use Roxul soundproof insulation, which offers impact insulation in addition to sound insulation. The secret behind the effectiveness of Roxul in diminishing both impact and airborne noise lies in the denseness of the rock wool material this insulating material is made from. Our experts have many years of experience in suitably installing soundproof insulation, so they know exactly how to maximize its effectiveness.
Also referred to as fireproofing, fire insulation is a method that involves using materials that make a building resistant to fire. It aims to contain or prevent the spread of fire to other parts of the building, thus limits building damage and provides more time for building occupants to be evacuated safely.
Mineral wool insulation and fiberglass insulation are naturally non-combustible. Spray foam insulation, on the other hand, can ignite at 7000F. As for cellulose insulation, it contains fire retardants that minimize flammability. Even though the fire retardants add some level of fire resistance to cellulose insulation, it doesn’t mean that the insulation is non-combustible.
Heavy machinery creates a lot of stress on the structure of a building. Impact insulation is used to provide a building with cushioning that helps minimize shock and vibration. This makes it an ideal option for industrial and manufacturing buildings that are looking to minimize vibration from heavy machinery.
Forms of New Building Insulation
1. Blanket: Rolls and Batts
Blanket insulation is the most common and widely available type of insulation. It consists of flexible fibers, most commonly fiberglass, and it comes in the form of rolls or batts. There are also rolls and batts that are made from mineral wool, natural fibers (sheep’s wool and cotton), and synthetic (plastic) fibers.
2. Concrete block insulation
This involves filling the hollow cores of concrete blocks with an insulating material, such as polyurethane, polystyrene, or polyiso, through injecting or pouring liquid foam or loose foam beads. Concrete block insulation is an ideal thermal insulation option whose primary task is to minimize the temperature in the structure.
3. Rigid foam insulation
Rigid foam panels or boards can be used to provide insulation in almost any part of a new building, from the foundation up to the roof. It is a very effective option in interior insulation for basement walls, exterior wall insulation, as well as special applications such as attic hatches.
4. Fiber insulation
Rigid fiber insulation generally consists of either mineral wool or fiberglass material. It is an ideal thermal insulation option. It is also a perfect option in places where there is a great need for insulation that is able to endure high temperatures.
5. Loose-fill insulation
This is a type of insulation that consists of tiny particles of foam, fiber, or other materials. Tiny particles form an insulation material that can be blown in. It easily conforms to any space without disturbing finishes or structures. The ability of loose-fill insulation to conform makes this type of insulation ideal for insulating areas that would be hard to insulate with other types of insulations.
6. Sprayed foam insulation
This is a type of foam material that is in liquid form. The liquid foam insulation material can be poured, injected, foamed in place, or sprayed into floors, walls, and on attic surfaces. Besides being efficient in insulating surfaces, sprayed foam insulation can also be used in air sealing as it is efficient in minimizing air leakage.
Why Air Seal Your New Building?
According to the U.S. Department of Energy air leakage can account for about 30 percent of a building’s heating and cooling costs. The best way to prevent air leakage is air sealing, which is essentially the process of using a material that prevents the passage of air.
In addition to boosting comfort and minimizing energy costs, an air seal also helps to sustain health. Air sealing comes in handy when some of the building occupants suffer from allergies or asthma. This is because creating an air seal also locks out moisture. When an air seal is made, all allergens are locked out. Moreover, it helps to prevent future possible problems such as mold and mildew growth.
Of all forms of insulation, foam insulation is the most efficient at blocking air movement in and out of your building. When installed, this form of insulation fills all the nooks and crannies. It can be installed on walls, the attic, rim joist, and crawl space.
At Pure Eco Inc, we understand how crucial it is to create an effective air seal. That is why we usually create an effective air seal before installing insulation. This not only helps to prevent costly drafts, but it also helps to deny troublesome rodents/pests entry into your house.
Advantages of New Building Insulation
When constructing a new building, it is important to adhere to the most recent building energy costs. While building to code enables you to meet the legal minimum, it does not deliver the benefits that new building insulation offers to occupants, such as:
Greater energy efficiency
Cost saving is one of the key mandates for any business. The value of new building insulation in this context is apparent: it enables building occupants to save money on energy bills. By insulating your building, you are more likely to have decreased vacancy rates compared to other un- or under-insulated buildings.
Increased comfort for building occupants
Thermal comfort is one of the key drivers of occupants’ satisfaction. Even though localized control of heating and cooling may seem to be a trouble-free solution to control building temperatures, there is still a high chance of temperature oscillations devoid of proper air sealing and insulation. Therefore, new building insulation can go a long way in ensuring that all occupants are comfortable and contented.
Noise distractions are among the biggest drains on productivity in the office. Most office workers can attest to be distracted by coworkers’ conversations. A survey by Cambridge Sound Management revealed that about 60 percent of employees report being more productive when the office environment is quiet. Office soundproofing using insulation can enable the staff to concentrate on their work, thus become more productive.
Sound insulation also helps to boost privacy. Occupants can be able to hold private conversations or return private phone calls inside their offices without having to worry that they are being overheard.
Environmental Considerations of New Building Insulation
The production, utilization, and disposal of insulation is linked to a number of both positive and negative environmental impacts. Unfortunately, not many are conversant with the environmental characteristics of insulation. Consequently, deciding on one insulation material over the other can be difficult.
Even though choices appear to be obvious today, factors may change. Therefore, those decisions should be reconsidered from time to time. We offer the following recommendations in relation to the choice of insulation and use:
Choose insulation material that provides sufficient insulation levels. Minimizing the energy consumption of your building is the single most crucial thing you can do to minimize your building’s overall environmental impact.
Never substitute an environmental-friendly insulation product for a non-environmental insulation product if the change will hurt energy performance.
Increase insulation thickness if the insulation material you are using has a lower R-value. It is best to design your building to allow greater insulation thickness so that there is no sacrifice in energy performance.
Go for high-recycled content insulation materials. Mineral wool and cellulose have higher recycled content compared to other insulation materials.
Be sure to install a layer of sheathing between the roofing surface and the insulation. This will make it easy for re-roofing in the future without damaging the insulation.
When insulating with fiberglass, be sure to install a continuous air barrier between the living space and the fiberglass insulation. This is in order to prevent the fiberglass fibers from contaminating indoor air.
Choose a non-off gassing insulation material, most especially if you or any member of your family is a chemically sensitive individual.
If you are having a hard time choosing environmentally-friendly insulation for your new building, we can help you make an informed choice. This will not only ensure that you are making a choice that is safe for the environment, but it will also ensure that the health of all occupants of your building will be safeguarded.
Why You Need a New Building Insulation Contractor
Even though some insulation materials are very easy to install for any do-it-yourselfer, it is highly recommended that you hire the services of a new building insulation contractor in Los Angeles, CA. While there are many reasons why you need to delegate this task to an insulation company like Pure Eco Inc, they can be summed up in one word – Experience.
By hiring an insulation company, you are simply delegating this intricate task to a highly experienced staff that knows the most ideal type of insulation materials to use on your new building, and how to install the materials so you can get the most of the insulation. we will consider all important factors, such as the climatic conditions of the area your building is located in, among other factors.