As the world becomes more conscious of its responsibilities towards the environment, people are constantly looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprints. Every person requires a home to live in, and this has to be comfortable and has to be one in which there is climate control. This awareness has made people realise that insulating of home needs to be a given a high priority in the wall and roofs of their homes.
Insulated wall panels and roof panels can go a long way in certifying that a home is complying with the Leadership in Energy and environmental Design or LEED norms that are becoming increasingly important for all new homes and properties. These panels are single component systems that are manufactured in controlled conditions in factories, and only reach the site of construction, when they are completely ready to be placed in position. A major advantage of this form of construction is that labour costs are reduced and build times are much faster. Insulated wall panels can also be retrofitted onto existing structure and go a long way in making them energy efficient.
Wall panels can be used vertically and horizontally and integrated with any building system or other construction methods. They make for an ideal choice of partitions and creating space for renovation and modification projects. These insulated wall panels use insulation material that can vary from fibreglass, polyurethane foam or other insulating mediums that are sandwiched between two metal sheets or vinyl or other structural material. They make for very flexible design choices.
These insulated panels can even be made in such a way that they are able to withstand high loads and stresses. These structural insulated wall panels are very strong and make for energy efficient walls. These structural panels may have a higher thickness that makes them ideal to function as permanent walls in any structure. These panels can be made in large sizes and customised to form an entire panel of a building and even include windows and doors. Some of them may be big enough to require erection using cranes and other lifting equipment.
Insulation provides a barrier against outside temperatures and can go a long way in saving energy costs. The entire envelope of a building must be considered while deciding on insulation and any insulated wall panels must provide the same amount of protection that comes from the roof and foundations. The choice of insulation in a wall panel must depend on the temperature conditions in the geographical area where they are being used. The insulation must be able to provide the R factor recommended in local building codes. It can also help if insulated wall panels also have a vapour barrier that prevents dampness from coming into the building.
Choose insulated wall panels that have fewer seams. Larger sizes can also reduce costs of installation. Special pieces may be required for corners and windows. An advantage with panels is that a panel can easily be replaced if they get damaged.