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Insulation basics

Saturday, 03 February 2018  
Posted by: Bert vd Heever
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The Thermal Insulation Products and Systems Association SA (TIPSASA) was formed in March 2015. Their website is well worth a visit when specifying insulation- and thermal products.

They say that: "Insulation is the most effective way to improve the energy efficiency of a home or a building. Insulation of the building envelope helps keep heat in during the winter and out in summer to improve comfort and save energy. Insulation could add additional benefits such as acoustics and waterproofing. Effective draught proofing, moisture control and ventilation are important at design stage.

The appropriate level of insulation intervention will depend on climate, building construction type, and whether auxiliary heating and/or cooling is used."

When specifying thermal insulation ensure that the material:

  • Is in compliance with the application of the South African National Building Regulations SANS 10400
  • Is in compliance with relevant South African National Standard (SANS) i.e. Product standard at SABS;
  • Is appropriate for the intended occupancy class in accordance with SANS 10400 part A
  • Complies with the Fire safety requirements given in SANS 10400 part T and SANS 428.
  • Complies with the recommended R-value for the relevant climatic zones in accordance with SANS 10400 part XA and SANS 204

Click here to download the TIPSASA Thermal Specification Guide