United Builders Service is in the business of providing interior and exterior insulation for commercial buildings, targeting a combination of optimal thermal performance, air tightness, sound reduction and moisture management. Insulating a building has tremendous long-term benefits for businesses as it dramatically reduces energy use as well as energy costs. With the multitude of materials available nowadays, developers have many options to choose from and, generally, insulation products for commercial application fall into three categories:
• Mechanical insulation
• HVAC insulation
• Insulation for metal buildings
Controlling condensation and improving comfort
Achieving a temperature-controlled work environment is not only beneficial to productivity but vital to employee health. A comfortable climate is a key factor in any office space and insulation in walls, ceilings and ducts is what makes it possible to maintain a proper environment for building occupants.
Maintaining consistent temperature throughout a commercial building, it is advisable to use glass mineral wool duct insulation products, which benefit the HVAC system in delivering conditioned air at design temperatures without over-working it. This reduces the size of necessary HVAC equipment, which results in reduced operating costs.
Preventing unwanted moisture, particularly in the HVAC system, is another important function of insulation in commercial buildings. Glass mineral wool HVAC insulations prevent moisture from condensation on the inside or outside of ducts or dripping onto ceiling tiles.
Metal Building Insulation is engineered specifically for commercial metal buildings. It is a glass mineral wool blanket insulation that can be faced, or unfaced, based on the place it is used in the building. It is manufactured in lengths and widths that allow it to fit between the steel girt and purlins inside the metal construction. Metal Building Insulation is used to control heat flow, absorb noise, prevent condensation and increase lighting efficiency.
Sustainability and cost efficiency
The strongest demand that is driving today’s commercial construction is the requirement for sustainable design for the creation of energy and cost efficient, comfortable buildings using products that reduce the negative impact on the environment. In this sense glass mineral wool insulation is a “green” product. It has a long history of proven thermal and acoustical performance and is one of the most technologically advanced sustainable building materials available—especially when assessing its impact over the product lifecycle altogether.
Insulation installed in commercial U.S. buildings is known to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere (through energy savings) by close to 780 million tons per year based on data from the U.S. Dept. of Energy. As these gases are directly linked to global warming, this mean that business owners who look for ways to save energy and reduce their heating and cooling bills are also making a positive impact on the environment.