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Noise and Sound Insulation
It’s often only when you leave a big city that you realise how noisy it is. The problem is that not only do most of us live in big cities in Australia but they’re also often the most low impact places to live. Being able to live close to where you work and play reduces driving and allows for more use of walking, cycling and public transport. With smart application of sound insulation you can also make your home a quiet sanctuary in the middle of a noisy city.
Phase Change Materials
For a long time they’ve been one of those things that would be available sometime in the future. Well they’re available now in an Australian company Phase Change Energy Solutions.
The product – BioPCM appears to be coming out of the US by a company of the same name (more details on their US website).
Insulating Paints and Additives
A range of insulating paints and additives are on the market providing an additional opportunity to insulate your home. Insulating paints can be applied to ceilings and walls where insulation is required. Insulating paints are also available for external applications to roofs to reduce heat entering the home during summer.
Your floor is typically responsible for 10-20% of heat loss in your home.
Options for insulating it include:
- Concertina Foil Batts
- Insulation batts
- Spray on insulation
- Draft sealing gaps in exposed floor boards
- Seal from the underside using runs of “No More Gaps” or similar
- Under floor insulation which restricts airflow
Windows are both a major source of heat loss and heat gain in any home.
Options for reducing unwanted heat loss or gain through your windows:
Wall insulation is required in news homes but is rarely found in older homes. Brick cavity and brick veneer walls offer only relatively low levels of insulation from the external environment.
Roof insulation is readily available via a large number of vendors in Australia.
When installing roof insulation consider:
- Hyper insulation by insulating at least 2 R values above the recommended insulation level
- Choose natural products with low embodied emissions
- Ensure down lights are protected and insulation gaps around them are kept to the minimum required levels
- Thermilate paint additive internally on ceilings
When insulating your home, the entire building envelope must be considered, insulating a single area such as the roof will not offer a complete solution. Reducing heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer is very much about doing something on all fronts.
According to Your Home air leakage accounts for 5-15% of heat lost from a home. Products to help reduce heat loss from drafts include: