Currently, it is widely known that during summer more than 93% of the heat saving is reflected and, therefore, doesn’t penetrate into the house. 50% to 75% of the heat during the year is lost through the ceiling/roof, and 65% to 80% through the walls.
The energy costs to warm up or cool down a building currently amount to around 50% to 70% of total energy cost spent by the consumers.
With the use of SPACE REFLEX® reflective foils these spending can be reduced to minimum values, leading therefore to energy saving.
We should remember that the traditional ways of insulation are virtually transparent to radiation energy, and are also affected by variations of humidity and levels of dust in suspension. With a 1% to 2% drop on the humidity variation, added by dust and consequent degradation, its performance can drop by 36% because of it. An aluminium barrier is not affected by humidity or by destruction or aging, but rather keeps getting the levels of thermal resistance without problem.
With the use of SPACE REFLEX® thermal insulation, the levels of desired comfort can be reached along with a considerable reduction in costs when we have to artificially cool down or warm up a building, bringing therefore enormous benefits for the environment.
What is Thermal Insulation?
Thermal insulation is the use of material in the construction of buildings, notably, to fill in walls, coverings and pavements, which, by its characteristics, can increase the material resistance to the exchange of heat with the outside environment.
Thermal insulation provides:
> Set up energy-saving measures to reduce heat/cold losses.
> Protection of a building by reducing the risks of condensation (dampness) in some cases and improving the thermal qualities of others.
> Increase of comfort by reducing the “cold wall effect” (exchange of heat by radiation between the walls and the home-users), which generally occur in the outside walls, cutting therefore the maintenance costs of the building and increasing the life of the structure.
> A more comfortable, productive environment and a more habitable structure.
What is Acoustic Insulation?
Acoustic insulation is the use of material in the construction of buildings, notably to seal off walls, coverings and pavements, which, by its characteristics, can hamper the sounds spreading from one side to the other.
What is Sound?
Sound can be described as a feeling produced in the ear by the vibratory motion of bodies and transmitted through an elastic medium.
Bodies that vibrate, through gases and vapours, as well as through solids and liquids produce sound. It is unable to propagate within an empty space.
Why use Thermal-Acoustic insulation?
Currently, we all know that the scientific community recognizes that the increase of nervous damage is increasingly due also to noise effects.
The results of some tests showed that the performance of people at workplace drops in quantity and quality if an environment of intense noise surrounds them.
At home, the comfort of people is connected with the fact of being comfortable in their houses, without being annoyed by their next-door neighbours, but rather enjoying the increasing feeling of well-being.
By using the SPACE REFLEX® thermal-acoustic foils, you are not only solving the thermal, but also acoustic problems of your home.
What range of temperature can SPACE REFLEX® provide?
The work temperatures range from + 80ºC maximum to -15ºC minimum.
Where can I use SPACE REFLEX?
You can use SPACE REFLEX where you would normally use other thermal insulation, with the added advantage that it has of uses that other products do not have, thanks to its manageability.
SPACE REFLEX products can be applied to air gaps in walls, all types of roofs, lining of forced air ducts, cooled tunnels, underfloor heating, containers, etc… without the need for special tools, obtaining an insulation with great durability, waterproof, excellent at reflecting long waves of radiant heat, creating a comfortable building in all climatic situations.
Construction of Residences, New or Reconstruction:
> Walls, basements, floors, roofs, pipes, etc…
Commercial, New or Reconstruction Buildings:
> Walls, basements, floors, roofs, pipes, etc…
Construction of Prefabricated, New or Rebuilt buildings:
> Walls, basements, floors, roofs, etc…
> Barns, aviaries, caravans, garage doors, water cylinders, stables, and much more.
Should it have an air gap?
SPACE REFLEX® is made of a bubble matrix that splits the external layers of aluminium, which is in itself an air gap. However, to take full advantage of the material’s reflective capacity, it is vital to provide an air gap or ventilation space.
What would be the recommended air gap?
The recommended air gap ranges from a minimum of 2 cm to 4 cm, though the more the better.
Is SPACE REFLEX® insulation able to work when covered?
Yes, the SPACE REFLEX® does not have to be openly exposed to “reflect”. The radiant heat crosses through many types of building materials, though it is reflected on the opposite direction by the SPACE REFLEX® penetrating through these same materials.
In a double wall is there no heat transmitted by radiation between a wall cloth and the insulation?
Yes there is, any body at any temperature emits radiation, otherwise we would not see different colours nor would infrared glasses work.
Does the SPACE REFLEX® also operate to keep the temperature fresh?
Yes. The SPACE REFLEX® principle of reflection has the dual function for heat and cold.
The Value of Thermal Resistance (R)?
Most people are familiar with traditional insulation materials such as glass wool, rock wool, cork, etc.
These products are energy absorbers trying, due to their thickness and density, to resist the transmission and direct contact of heat.
Therefore, they give rise to a certain R (Thermal Resistance).
In terms of thermal characteristics, studies confirm the effectiveness of reflective insulation. It is impossible to compare reflective insulations with conventional ones, as the method of action is very different, as traditional methods do not include the reflective capabilities of materials.
SPACE REFLEX insulation when properly installed has a respectable R-value, which in fact resists radiant heat transfer via thermal conduction. The main attribute of SPACE REFLEX is that it can also act as a reflective energy barrier.