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Retrofitting to increase your home's energy efficiency

Retrofitting to increase your home's energy efficiency

The National Construction Code contains within it a 6 Star Standard in relation to thermal performance of a home or its renovation. 6 Star’s is the baseline for any new construction to achieve a high level of thermal energy performance and to be deemed energy efficient. The challenge for existing home owners is to make their home more energy efficient to meet this 6 Star Standard.

Polystyrene can play a major role in retrofitting an existing home in order to achieve the performances that new houses feature, and become 6-star energy rating compliant.

Heating and cooling can account for more than 40% of a household's annual energy consumption and has a significant impact on a household’s energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

Proper insulation allows you to cool or heat your home to a comfortable temperature, turn off your heating or cooling appliance, and keep that temperature steady by preventing the air from leaking out.

Building insulation is the most cost-effective way for households to significantly reduce the global warming effect of greenhouses gases by drastically reducing their household CO2 emissions.

Sustainable insulation should be integrated into building projects at an early stage, ensuring solutions are durable and energy efficient. Polystyrene is the most cost effective insulation solution, yielding high energy efficiency potential and therefore seriously mitigating climate-changing CO2 emissions.

Polystyrene is a natural insulator against temperature and noise. Not only does polystyrene insulation stop heat from entering the home, it also regulates the temperature inside the home by not allowing the heated or cooled air to escape.

Polystyrene building panels increase insulation

By building or renovating with foam insulation panels, the insulation properties reduce your reliance on power-hungry cooling and heating devices, reducing your household carbon emissions as well as your energy bills.

The resources it takes to insulate a home compared to the resources it takes to constantly heat and cool one highlight a stark efficiency in favour of insulation. For each kilogram of oil used to manufacture a Styroboard insulation alternative, it takes around 200kg of heating fuel to service a home over its lifespan. In turn, this plays a positive role in reducing carbon dioxide emissions and the effects of global warming.

Underfloor insulation can reduce the cost of heating of cooling

Draught-proofing your home is one key way to reduce the impact of the outside elements and make your home more energy efficient.

Expol Underfloor Insulation is the ideal way to insulate and draught-proof your home. The polystyrene insulation panels are placed snugly between your floor joists, ensuring a continuous insulated floor with no gaps for draughts to slip through.

Expol Underfloor Insulation panels ensure your home is protected from the extreme outside temperatures under your floor, reducing your overall energy bills and energy consumption in both winter and summer.

 

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