Insulation effectiveness - not as straight forward as it seems.

Habitech wall and roof panels utilise panelised insulation  - a much more effective solution than site installed batts and blankets.

The construction industry talks about insulation installation as though it's a fairly simple business. The bag of insulation batts delivered to site has a large R-value printed on the side, and when the batts have all disappeared inside your new wall or ceiling, the expectation is that your wall or ceiling now has that R-value.

Unfortunately that is rarely the case.  In a study conducted by the University of South Australia, it was shown that installations of R3.0 ceiling batts achieved an as-built R-value of 1.37 - 45% of the expected value.  

Even small gaps greatly reduces the effectiveness of insulation. Setbacks around light fittings can also significantly compromise ceiling batts. 


A second issue is thermal bridging.  Thermal bridging is the name given to the transmission of heat through materials that span the depth of the insulation.  A traditional stud wall has timber bridging from the back of the plasterboard to the back of the external cladding.  A pine stud has an R-value around 0.9, which is substantially less than typical 2.5 wall batts.  So around 10% of your wall has an R-value less that half of the batts. Steel studs conduct heat more easily than timber studs and so significantly reduce the R-value of a wall if installed in a way that creates a thermal bridge.


Using panellised insulation ensures there is no opportunity to leave out the insulation, substitute it with a  lesser product, or for it to be installed with gaps. Habitech wall  and roof panels get much closer to their theoretical R-values when installed, because the system is manufactured with fine tolerances and factory based quality standards.