IsoBoard and the challenge to be sustainable.
IsoBoard has performed extensive modeling of various buildings to assess the level of thermal resistance (and equivalent thickness of IsoBoard) necessary to achieve comfort with the minimum of energy usage and at an affordable cost.
Professor Dieter Holm has compiled maps of South Africa and which show the difference between the thermal neutrality of any point and the mean temperature for the season (summer or winter), in terms of a heating or cooling difference.
- Summer dT Map
- Winter dT Map
Summer dT required for indoor thermal comfort
Winter dT required for indoor thermal comfort
IsoBoard’s contribution to sustainability is based on its proven ability to provide a comfortable living and working space through insulating from weather extremes. Most humans are thermally comfortable in the range 20 to 27 degrees Celsius, temperatures below this find us looking for heating, and higher temperatures have us wanting cooling. As heating and cooling are often provided through mechanical interventions using electricity, providing an insulated space with a stable temperature requires less heating and cooling intervention.
A further direct benefit is the energy efficiency of an insulated space, producing savings from lower running costs. From the adjacent maps, we can see the difference between Thermal Neutrality and the average temperatures for summer and winter in the different regions of South Africa. This is the amount by which the prevailing seasona temperature needs to be increased or decreased to achieve a comfortable temperature which is neither to warm nor too cold.
IsoBoard has developed rational design solutions for standard building occupancy types for each of the climatic regions of South Africa, which result in appropriate levels of thermal insulation within the building envelope. Please contact the company directly to discuss your requirements.
IsoBoard is in discussion with Ecospecifier and other measurement and validation agencies to quantify the environmental effect of using IsoBoard as thermal insulator.
IsoBoard's impact on the environment: The gases currently used to extrude IsoBoard are HCFC’s, which have only 0.05% of the ozone depletion capability of CFC's. IsoBoard will however change to alternative gases before the timeframe as established by the Montreal Protocol.
The product has an almost indefinite life-span if installed correctly, and will contribute to significant energy savings resulting from reduced heating and cooling costs, and reduced carbon emmissions.