Green home insulation
The Australian Energy Efficient Homes Package aims to install ceiling insulation in Australian homes making them more energy efficient; to boost the economy and to create jobs. An energy efficient home is an environmentally sound home and to achieve energy efficiency insulation is vital.
An energy efficient home is an environmentally sound home and to achieve energy efficiency insulation is vital. It must be used liberally, and it must be properly installed. There are all sorts of insulating materials, and their green credentials may vary.
The most common is Pink fiberglass Batts which are by no means the worst from an environmental perspective but they aren't the best either. Fiberglass itself is chemically inert, but the glues and backing materials that provide structure to the batts can release dangerous fumes and there is some concern that minute particles of fiberglass can filter into living spaces, presenting a health risk. Rigid polystyrene panels, another popular choice, are made from petrochemicals which are flammable and emit toxic fumes when burned.
Whereas Cellulose, which is made from recycled paper, has become one of the more popular and safe green insulation products available. It is reasonably priced and relatively easy to install. When mixed with borax and boric acid, cellulose is vermin resistant and extremely fire retardant.
Insulation efficiency is indicated by its R-value, or thermal resistance. R-value refers to the ratio of temperature difference across an insulating material and heat flow. Bottom line: The higher the R-value, the better the insulation. Cellulose has an R-value of 3.7 which is higher in comparison to other insulation products.
Why choose Cellulose fiber insulation over other available products in the market?
· Cost-effective to install and installation just takes 2-3 hours
· Creates a seamless seal in every nook and cranny of every structure to get the maximum protection from air flow and noise infiltration
· 50% better fire resistance than fiberglass
· Made from 95% recycled material
· Vermin resistant
· Estimated life span is 300 years at 100% humidity and 70 Celsius
Misconceptions about Cellulose:
1: Prone to mold and insects;
Cellulose Fiber is treated with two non-irritant, non-toxic, safe to handle allergy free agents; Borax and Boric acid which make it vermin resistant.
2: Fire retardant chemicals disappear in 5 years;
The most exhaustive study and technical literature review concluded it would take 300 years to do so and only under continuous harsh conditions of 100% relative humidity and 70 degrees Celsius.
For information on environmentally friendly cellulose, go to www.premiuminstallation.com.au.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Premium Installation Pty Ltd is a Victoria based home insulation manufacturing and installing company. It offers its services both in Victoria and South Australia.
Being one of the registered insulation installers with the Australia government we are currently working alongside the current economic stimulus package. An insulation rebate of up to $1,200 is being offered to all home owners, landlords and tenants.