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Last edited 06 Nov 2020
The word ‘insulate’ means to protect something by interposing a material between it and other elements that prevents transmission between them. The word ‘insulation’ refers to the material that is interposed.
Insulation may be used in the construction industry for a number of different purposes:
- Thermal insulation to prevent the transmission of heat, typically between the inside and outside of a building. For more information see: Thermal insulation.
- Acoustic insulation to prevent the transmission of sound, for example between a recording studio and a performance space. For more information see: Acoustic insulation.
- Fire insulation to prevent the passage of fire between spaces or components.
- Electrical insulation to contain and separate electrical conductors.
There are a number of articles on Designing Buildings Wiki about insulation:
- Acoustic insulation.
- Acoustic insulation market.
- Advice for External Wall Insulation (EWI) systems with a render or brick-slip finish.
- Aerogel insulation for buildings.
- BR 135 Fire Performance of external thermal insulation for walls of multi-storey buildings.
- BREEAM Insulation.
- Cavity wall insulation.
- Celotex RS5000 PIR insulation.
- Designing out unintended consequences when applying solid wall insulation FB 79.
- Domestic floors: Part 1: Construction, insulation and damp proofing.
- Expanding foam.
- External wall insulation.
- Floor insulation.
- Icynene spray foam insulation.
- Insulation envelope.
- Insulation for ground floors.
- Loft insulation ruling.
- PA ratio for insulation.
- Phenolic foam insulation.
- Reducing thermal bridging at junctions when designing and installing solid wall insulation FB 61.
- Roof insulation.
- Solid wall insulation.
- Solid Wall Insulation: Unlocking demand and driving up standards.
- Sound insulation in buildings.
- Sound insulation in dwellings Part 2: New-build (GG 83-2).
- Sound insulation in dwellings: Part 1: An introduction (GG 83-1).
- Sound insulation in dwellings: Part 3: Material change of use (conversions) (GG 83-3).
- Specifying insulation for inverted roofs.
- Ten facts about Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) insulation to help specifiers.
- Thermal insulation for buildings.
- Transparent insulation.
- Types of insulation.
- Understanding Insulation and the Part It Plays in Building Regulations.
- Wall insulation and moisture risk.
- Wood and insulation.
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