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Review of Various Types of Insulation Materials Used in Buildings

Thermal performance of the building envelope has always been a priority for building designers and owners. Today’s requirements—based on the National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB)—do not specify which type of thermal insulation should be used, but rather indicate the minimum performance requirements based on U-values.

The selection of the insulation material used in roofs or exterior wall assemblies is a critical step in ensuring adequate thermal performance of the building. Various insulation types will be presented, along with their individual strengths when used in building construction. Conventional construction types will be reviewed in terms of their overall thermal performance.

 

Learning objectives :

Understanding the concept of U-value and the difference between U-value, R-value, and effective R-value

 Recognizing various thermal insulation types and identifying their individual strengths when used in building construction

 Recognizing the impact of construction type on overall thermal performance

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SUPERIOR INSULATION. COMPLETE SOLUTION.

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Superior Reliability.
Superior Insulation.
SOPRA-ISO.

 

POLYISOCYANURATE INSULATION PANELS

SOPRA-ISO insulation boards, engineered to provide improved thermal resistance, are made at our state-of-the-art, LEED® Gold-certified manufacturing facility.

MAIN BENEFITS

  • Highest thermal resistance of all rigid insulation products
  • High dimensional stability
  • Technology that has proven itself over time
  • Compatible with most solvents used in construction adhesives
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Superior Toughness.
Superior Insulation.
SOPRA-XPS.

 

EXTRUDED POLYSTYRENE PANELS

SOPRA-XPS is a closed-cell, strong and versatile foam insulation made of rigid flat panels. It is mainly used as thermal insulation for foundation systems, parking lots and inverted roofs, including rooftops and green roofs.

MAIN BENEFITS

  • Exceptional water and moisture resistance
  • Superior initial and long-term thermal performance
  • One of the highest compressive strengths on the market
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Superior Versatility.
Superior Insulation.
SOPRA-SPF.

 

CLOSED-CELL SPRAY-APPLIED POLYURETHANE FOAM

SOPRA-SPF is a high-quality product designed for interior and exterior insulation applications, whether commercial, industrial, or residential.

MAIN BENEFITS

  • Fast installation due to its monolithic shape without joints
  • Can be used as both insulation and an air/vapour barrier
  • Best resistance to mould
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Superior Eco-friendliness.
Superior Insulation.
SOPRA-CELLULOSE.

 

THERMAL AND ACOUSTICAL CELLULOSE INSULATION

SOPRA-CELLULOSE insulation is made of 85% post-consumer recycled newspapers. It acts as a protective shield to reduce the transmission of heat and sound. Efficient and environmentally friendly, SOPRA-CELLULOSE will reduce energy consumption and improve comfort under a wide range of climatic conditions.

MAIN BENEFITS

  • Highest thermal resistance of all blown insulation products
  • Exceptional acoustical properties
  • Excellent flame-retardant properties
  • Eco-friendly

SOPREMA:
Your Complete Building Insulation Solution

Hover over the building and discover different applications for our insulation technologies for the complete building.

 

THE ONE-STOP SHOP FOR ARCHITECTS

“We only use SOPREMA products on our building envelope projects. Not only do we love the products, but we also receive great customer service and technical support from our technical representative. SOPREMA goes above and beyond.”

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Randy Gould

Steelco Industrial Inc.

“SOPREMA is our preferred source for envelope systems. We know that by having SOPREMA on the job, we’re getting a high-performance product with reliable service and great product support!”

 

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Brent Stewart

Goguen Architecture Inc.

“SOPREMA offers a wide array of different products to suit the entire building envelope all available from one supplier. SOPREMA products are very user-friendly, and the people are very knowledgeable in regard to technical and product support.”

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Dean Brown

Paneltech Exteriors, Inc.

CHOOSING SOPREMA BRINGS YOU PEACE OF MIND

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Turnkey Solutions

We cover roofing, walls, foundations, and more. This means you get material compatibility and tie-in solutions. No more confusion at transitions.

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Full Support

We’re there for you every step of the way, with our quality assurance training program (QATP) focused on building-envelope science. The result? More peace of mind, since it’s the best way to help control and limit your liability.

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Experts at Work

More than 60 technical representatives across Canada support and train the pros who install waterproofing products. Proper training reduces the risk of error during installation and helps ensure the longest product life possible.

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Insulation Manufacturer

With its polyisocyanurate, cellulosic and extruded polystyrene manufacturing plants, SOPREMA has demonstrated its ability to offer a wide variety of low-environmental impact insulation products suitable for any type of application.