Much of a buildings energy use is related to hot spot areas where heat transfer occurs because they aren’t properly insulated. When youve got poorly insulated areas in a building envelope it means higher heating bills in the winter as heat escapes the building, and higher cooling bills in the summer as heat conducts into the building.
Knowing where these prime energy loss areas are and how to insulate them better means a more comfortable and more energy efficient building.
One of the things that people love about Syneffex coatings is that theyre multipurpose. For example, the same product can be used to insulate interior and exterior walls, ceilings, and even ductwork. Energy Protect is a powerhouse that packs the benefits of energy savings, mold/mildew resistance, and UV and moisture resistance into a simple-to-use coating.
Building Hot Spots and How to Insulate Them with Energy Protect
Here are some common areas of a building where energy is lost due to inadequate insulation and how to make them more energy efficient.
Walls Between Conditioned and Unconditioned Space
If you have a warehouse thats not air-conditioned and shares a wall with conditioned offices, thats a big area where you could be losing a lot of energy. Likewise, exterior perimeter walls that are metal or solid block without any insulation can also be costing you big time.
Energy Protect is a perfect solution for these types of hot spots because it doesnt require any additional space. Simply paint the wall with 3 coats to reduce the heat transfer and stop that energy waste. Tested at 3 coats over 8 centimeters cement wall sections, the coating was shown to reduce heat transfer by 34.8%.
Skylights or Factory Windows
Windows and skylights often go uninsulated since they cant be covered with older methods of insulation. While allowing in natural light, they also let in harmful UV rays and allow heat to get in or escape, depending upon the season.
Energy Protect is easily coated over skylights and factory windows that dont require complete clarity. The coating reduces heat transfer, allows 90-92% of the visible light through, while reducing harmful UV rays by 80% and reducing harsh glare.
Construction Connectors and Beams
Concrete slabs and metal beams can often conduct heat from a hotter area to a cooler one, especially if they run from outside to inside the building. This is another area where our coatings can easily be used to seal up a hot spot by coating the surface to reduce thermal bridging.
The ductwork that brings the cool or warm air throughout your building can be costing you in energy dollars if its insulated with older or failing materials. Ductwork is often subject to condensation due to the temperature differential and this moisture degrades older insulation materials, like fiberglass, so its not insulating much at all once it gets wet.
Energy Protect coating has been used by large corporations as a better way to insulate their buildings ductwork because its moisture resistant, wont degrade like other insulation, and improves the energy efficiency of their HVAC system.