Insulation is an important part of any house, and more so in a house that is going to be energy efficient and going to be certified.
As mentioned before, we are using a lot of insulation, in fact a truck load and a half arrived from Belgium for the exterior walls alone. The R-values are going to be quite amazing! The theory od insulation in the winter simple to grasp. In the summer the high insulation value works in a similar fashion as it holds the summer heat outside, and keeps the night cool that the house absorbs, on the inside. Studies have shown that the house will consume around 600 Euros of energy per YEAR (not month, YEAR). This is simply astounding as most houses consume 8-10 times that amount.
The concept is quite simple. We build the outside walls and mount the roof to that structure. This wall is a 2x6 frame and in completely insulated. The middle structure is 100% insulation and is not in any way structural. The vapour barrier is mounted to the warm side of this layer, and then on top of that is another thinner wall (2x4) that will be used for all the services (electrical, plumbing and other wiring) and to hold up the 1st floor. Simple idea: the outside wall, middle insulation layer and vapour barrier all are separate from the interior walls and floors. That way the vapour barrier remains 100% intact. No holes for plumbing and wires!
|The first outside walls being insulated|
You may notice that this insulation is a peculiar colour. It is a recycled product that is manufactured in Belgium. It contains no formaldehyde binders and is certified to be a green product. It requires 70% less energy to manufacturer than other similar products due to the use of vegetable based binders. The only unfortunate by product is the somewhat less than appealing colour. Oh well!
|12cm foil backed panels installed|
|11" of insulation, and more to come.|
|Bottom floor of vapour barrier installed and taped|
|Insulating the roof. 32cm (R-52) so far....|
The remainder of the insulation will be installed just as we did the lower portions.