Natural insulation is becoming increasingly popular in the UK as awareness of its many benefits grows. It’s a far greener way to insulate your home, reducing your carbon footprint as well as energy ...
Natural insulation is becoming increasingly popular in the UK as awareness of its many benefits grows. It’s a far greener way to insulate your home, reducing your carbon footprint as well as energy bills. Natural materials such as sheep’s wool offer excellent performance along with many other advantages over traditional synthetic insulation.
Natural insulation materials are fully recyclable at the end of their long lifespan. They can be safely disposed of without any concern for environmental damage. In addition, natural materials such as wool have a much lower carbon footprint due to the eco-friendly materials and manufacturing process.
As well as being treated to be fully fire safe, natural insulation is also far more effective at fighting humidity. For example, wool insulation is hygroscopic, meaning it can absorb, store and release moisture into the air. So, your home’s condensation and humidity levels will be better controlled whilst internal air quality will be improved.
Eco friendly insulation doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals, making it much kinder to the environment. It’s also far safer and easier to install yourself. Installing natural insulation requires very few safety precautions compared to manmade options. These factors make it ideal for more environmentally conscious homeowners.
We stock a wide range of high-quality, natural insulation from top British brands such as Thermafleece. Thermafleece manufacture a broad range of environmentally friendly products made from sheep’s wool and recycled plastic, with them all offering superb thermal insulation whilst also aiding acoustic insulation.
Benefits of Natural Insulation
While it is true that a greater thickness of eco friendly insulation is often required to achieve the necessary U-values, thermal performance is no longer the only thing to consider. When choosing insulation, homeowners are increasingly concerned about the environmental impact as well as performance.
Eco friendly insulation materials are also far more breathable, meaning they outdo traditional options at removing excess moisture from the air and improving the general air quality inside your home. This can prevent the build-up of condensation in attic and cavity walls, therefore reducing the chance of mould.
For many years, the most popular options for home insulation have been cellular, oil-based materials. While they do provide effective thermal and acoustic insulation, these products come with a number of environmental concerns, which is why many homeowners or construction companies are beginning to move away from them.
Natural insulation has much less embodied energy, which is the energy consumed during the production process. This includes everything from sourcing materials, to manufacturing, transport and installation. Unlike synthetic materials, eco friendly insulation has a far lower or even negative carbon footprint. At the end of its usage, it can also be recycled without any concern for pollution.
Fight Humidity and Improve Air Quality
As well as keeping your home warmer, increasing energy-efficiency, and dampening sound, natural insulation also helps to regulate relative humidity in your home. This is thanks to natural materials which provide a vapour-permeable system to reduce the risk of excess moisture-build up in your home.
This improved air quality will prevent mould, damp and other unwanted bacterial activity which can cause significant health problems. It also extends the lifespan of your insulation, with synthetic materials often being rendered useless due to moisture and the resulting mould that can build-up.
Not Irritating or Itchy
Although some people may find wool itchy to the touch, natural insulation does not cause any irritation to the skin or eyes. This is in stark contrast to synthetic insulation materials which can cause severe irritation. This is why manmade insulation requires eye protection, face masks and more to keep you safe while you install it.
Natural materials don’t have any of these problems, making them super safe and easy to put into your home. Eco friendly insulation materials are also much safer throughout their lifetime, providing protection when you’re searching for the Christmas tree in your loft space
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Common Questions About Natural Insulation
Is It Safe and Easy to Install?
Natural insulation materials are much easier to work with than conventional materials, posing far fewer health-risks. For example, eco friendly insulation does not produce what are known as “man made mineral fibre particulates”, nor do they release pollutants that lower air quality such as formaldehyde.Not only are they far healthier during installation thanks to the fact that they present no danger to the skin, eyes or respiratory system, they’re also much healthier throughout their lifecycle too!
Off-cuts of natural insulation from the installation process are also safe and easy to dispose of, with no requirement for specialist waste streams and can even be composted to avoid unnecessary landfill. Simply contact with your local recycling centre to confirm where and how to dispose of any waste.
Is Eco Friendly Insulation More Sustainable?
If you’re looking for insulation that’s far better for the environment, then natural insulation is the perfect choice for you. Buildings and construction sites present some of the most resource intensive, toxic, wasteful and polluting areas of modern society. However, this needn’t be the case thanks to green options such as sheep wool or recycled plastic insulation.
Natural insulation is being integrated much more commonly into new build projects for its sustainability as well as other advantages over traditional synthetic options. Natural insulation materials are much more permeable and hygroscopic, meaning they absorb, redistribute and release moisture as humidity rises and falls to control internal moisture levels in the air.
What Sort of Roof Is Natural Insulation Good For?
Natural Insulation is highly versatile, able to be used for a range of requirements from lofts to walls and roofs. Their vapour-permeable qualities are particularly beneficial when your home or structure is vulnerable to moisture decay. Examples would include timber roofs, lightweight steel roofs, or older buildings made from traditional materials.
There are some cases where natural insulation cannot replace manmade materials however, as while natural materials wick moisture away effectively, if they get wet and cannot dry out they’re susceptible to rotting. So, we don’t recommend it for cavity walls between brick and block constructions.