Is your building insulation up to standard?
Your premises could be losing a lot of heat without you realising if they aren’t well insulated. It may be the time to look at the levels of insulation you have and whether you need to upgrade. Our quick guide will cover the basics to help you decide if it is a route you want to go down.
The cost of heating is one of the biggest outlays for a business, so the last thing you want to do is let your precious heat escape because your premises are leaky.
This is often the case in buildings that are old and lack insulation measures to limit heat loss. It could also be caused by poor draughtproofing with heat (and your business’s hard-earned profits) escaping through holes and cracks.
Building regulations have changed a lot over the years and unless you are in modern premises that adhere to the latest standards, it is definitely worth checking that your insulation is as good as it can be.
The levels of insulation you need to consider installing depend on the type of building you are in and when it was built, but among the insulation measures you should be checking out are wall, ceiling, roof, floor, doors and windows – essentially all the areas where your heat may escape.
The different types of insulation include:
Insulation can be often overlooked in favour of installing a new energy-efficient heating system. It’s invisible most of the time, so it may not seem quite as important.
Fitting insulation will reduce energy demand which has the potential to save on your energy bills and reduce your carbon emissions. For instance, 15% of heat can be lost under your feet.
Insulation can also lead to a healthier environment for your staff. For instance, if you have noticed any mould appearing, the chances are that is down to poor insulation. The sight of mould is not only unsightly, but also poses a health risk to staff. Fitting insulation will help to solve this issue.
And it isn’t just during the colder months that you will appreciate the difference insulation can make. It also works to help keep your workplace cool during the warmer months leading to year-round savings.
Installing insulation can be disruptive to your business, so you may decide to use a quieter time or a weekend when no one is around. Remember, this inconvenience is far outweighed by the long-term benefits.
If you are having cavity wall insulation put in, you probably won’t notice the work going on. But if you are thinking about internal insulation, bear in mind that the insulation will reduce your floor area and you may also have to redecorate
If you are having external insulation, you will need to consider how this will affect the outside appearance of your premises. There may be a need for new exterior decoration.
The costs to upgrade existing insulation will vary a lot from building to building and there are many factors that will influence the costs, For example, the size of your building, the age of your building, current levels of insulation and the type of upgrade required.
Cavity wall insulation is cheaper than a solid wall alternative and costs around £20-£25 per m2 for the material. One of our clients, Pend Books, spent £12,500 internally insulating new stone wall premises.
If your current levels of insulation are not satisfactory, then the answer would be a resounding yes. You can invest in the best heating system, but if your insulation is sub-standard you will see not the full benefit.
If you are a Scottish SME and would like to know if retrofitting insulation is a good option for your business, we are here to help. We can arrange for an independent consultant to visit your site and make recommendations for free. You can arrange a free assessment here.