Multi-Comfort Buildings Save 90% On Energy

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Multi-Comfort Buildings Save 90% On Energy

Sponsoring the 3rd National Building Physics and Environmental Control Conference, İzocam drew attention to the role the right insulation plays for energy efficiency, thermal and sound insulation, and fire prevention as well as the health of the inhabitants of buildings and the quality of the living area.

Organised with the cooperation of the Association of Building Physics and ITU Faculty of Architecture, the 3rd National Building Physics and Environmental Control Conference was held on 10-11 May 2018 under the sponsorship of İzocam. Development of effective solutions in the field of Building Physics and Environmental Control which involves artificial environmental control systems such as heat, light, sound and fire; building service systems such as air-conditioning, lighting, fire safety; energy management, alternative sources of energy, sustainability and water preservation to create the desired artificial environment was discussed at the 3rd National Building Physics and Environmental Control Conference.
 

Considering energy efficiency to be the most important item on the agenda, İzocam underlines the relationship between insulation, energy efficiency and multi-comfort houses on every platform possible. Turning the spotlight to the benefits energy efficiency will ensure through insulation will provide to the country’s economy, İzocam believes that the highest energy efficiency is achieved through multi-comfort buildings, and that urban transformation represents a great opportunity in this regard.
 

The bill of the energy imports of Turkey, which paid over 37 billion dollars in 2017 for energy raw materials, in the last decade is over 400 billion dollars.  Nearly three fourths of the consumed energy is imported and the energy imports constitute the most significant portion of the foreign trade deficit. The energy savings in buildings is of critical importance to lower the current account deficit, and the excessive dependency on foreign sources for energy.  The biggest step to be taken for energy efficiency is buildings insulated using the right material in the right thickness and the solution to achieve the highest energy efficiency is multi-comfort buildings.
 

The solution to achieve the highest energy efficiency: Multi-Comfort Buildings

Originating from the concept of homes with little to no energy, aiming bioclimatic design and considering sustainable, ecological, economic and social factors “Multi-Comfort Buildings” offer maximum thermal comfort as well as high energy efficiency.
 

Multi Comfort Buildings which offer perfect acoustic and visual comfort, quality interior air, fire protection and safety, and highly flexible design solutions both indoors and outdoors, aim to save at least 90% on energy. These buildings contribute to lowering the dependency of countries such as Turkey which import over three fourths of its energy, on foreign sources.
 

Urban transformation projects create a perfect opportunity to quickly and safely renew the low quality residences which are the result of unplanned housing, to achieve high energy efficiency, and to establish a healthy environment. The construction of new buildings which feature thermal and sound insulation, offer high energy efficiency, and provide fire safety, will decrease the energy consumption.
 

Multi-Comfort Buildings are the champions of the struggle İzocam set out to against noise pollution with what it calls “quiet cities”. Measures to be taken to steer clear from the stress caused by the noise of the city, include keeping it away from living and working environment where a lot of time is spent. In advanced cities, people spend 90% of their time indoors. The outdoors city noise calls for measures to be taken for noise generating indoors as well. Providing protection against the noise between volumes and from the streets at homes, worker health at factories and quiet work spaces at offices is only possible through the Multi-Comfort criteria. Multi-Comfort Building criteria also serves to protect special locations to prevent sound permeability through the right acoustic installations in theatres, cinemas, concert halls and other locations where cultural events are exhibited.
 

Achieving the desired quietness in these areas requires the right insulation installed with the right materials on internal wall surfaces, in partitions and between storeys in addition to external facade insulations. İzocam’s stone wool and glass wool products which are effective in creating “quiet cities” provide sure solutions for sound insulation with their sound absorbent properties.
 

The relationship between insulation and the human health

Focusing on the importance of insulation in the fields of energy efficiency, heat and sound insulation and fire safety, İzocam pointed to the fact that people living in uninsulated or improperly insulated buildings suffered from health issues and economic setbacks due to excessive loss of heat, noise and a lack of fire safety.
 

Underlining the fact that insulation needs to be addressed in the project design phase, İzocam said that buildings should not be designed based solely on construction costs but also on usage costs as well, emphasising that living in insulated buildings had a positive effect on the human health.
 

Correct installations make protection of both the buildings and those living in them, and good living conditions for people in the buildings where they live, possible.

  • The comfort value of a residence, a house or a room is set by the delicate balance between the human and the room climate. Keeping the irradiation balance between humans and the environment in check, is more important than the temperature of the air in the room.
  • Cold external walls not only disrupt the irradiation balance, but also, much like windows, decrease the room temperature. The cold air coming from cold windows and walls, and flowing through the furnishings, creates and uncomfortable environment and may lead to various diseases.
  • Even though external structural elements do not allow the condensation of water on their internal surfaces, condensation is observed in kitchens and bathrooms and poorly heated rooms in uninsulated or improperly insulated buildings. Water condensation causes the external structural elements to become completely humid, decreasing their heat preservation efficiency and causing a smell. Humidity, mould and smell, which are detrimental to the human health, can be prevented through the right insulation which can achieve a remarkable increase in the surface temperature of external structural elements.
  • Unpleasant situations are observed in the summer as well, due to insufficient heat insulation. Walls facing the south or the west store a significant amount of the heat radiated from the sun. If the external wall does not feature a quality heat insulation layer, a significant portion of this thermal mass enters the room behind the external wall, increasing the temperature to unbearable levels. This will amplify the load on cooling and increase the energy consumed for it.

It should be noted that today’s protected structures can fulfil their purpose only through insulation. If we are to consider the usage costs of the building as well as its construction costs, it becomes apparent that the return of investment of insulation is significant. 
 

For information: Burcu Ertek / İzocam Corporate Communications / 216 440 40 70 ertek@izocam.com.tr

Multi-Comfort Buildings Save 90% On Energy