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Home insulation guide

How to improve insulation in walls

Insulation in walls can make a huge difference to the comfort of your home. Find out how to improve your wall insulation.

How to improve your home's insulation

Is your house not keeping out the neighbour's noisy parties? Perhaps you're intending on setting up a home theatre? Find out more about how to improve the soundproofing in your home with better insulation.

DIY vs. professional insulation

What sort of insulation can you install yourself - and when might you need to hire a professional do the job properly? Find out more about what's required to install different sorts of acoustic insulation.

What is insulation?

What is insulation?

Ever wondered about what insulation actually does - or what it's made of or how it works? Find out everything you need to know with our introduction to insulation.

How does thermal insulation work

How does insulation work?

Different types of insulation work in different ways to help control the way heat and sound travel through your home.

what type of insulation is right

How to choose insulation

Different sorts of insulation vary in terms of how effective they are at controlling heat and sound, how they can be installed and how much they cost. Find out what's right for your home.

Insulation & passive design

Effective insulation plays a starring role in how well a house is able to separate the climate inside from that outside - and is therefore a critical part of passive house design and climate control.

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How to soundproof a home

How to soundproof a home

There's a bit of an art to properly soundproofing a house. Mostly it comes down to knowing how sound travels through different materials, and which parts of your home are the weakest spots.

Types of thermal insulation

Types of thermal insulation

There are all kinds of options when it comes to thermal insulation. Find out what sorts of insulation are available, and what's likely to suit your house.

Insulation for different areas

Find out what sort of insulation is required in different parts of your home, and why. Learn more about roof, wall, under-floor, door and window insulation.

Installing plasterboard walls and insulation

Once the plumbing and wiring have been roughed in, it’s time to put in insulation and internal linings (normally plasterboard) on the internal walls and ceilings of your home. This can all happen either before the lockup stage (i.e. when your home can effectively be 'locked up') or afterwards, depending on what’s been agreed upon in your contract.

Double glazing

What are double glazed windows?

  • Reduces heat transfer very effectively
  • Excellent acoustic insulation
  • Costs much more than single glazing
Low-e glass

Low-e glass

  • Improves solar and thermal control
  • Reduces UV transmission
  • Relatively expensive
  • Can reduce solar heat gain in winter

Insulation and climate control

Artificially cooling an area depends heavily on how well you can keep heat out of it. Good insulation is vital to ensuring that your house remains cool.

Bathtub insulation

Insulation can make a big difference to how long your bathtub is able to retain its heat, and as a result, might also significantly affect your gas or electricity bills.

Asbestos and asbestos sheeting

Asbestos, which was used for many years as an insulation material, can pose a serious risk to anyone renovating a home. Find out more about what to do if you suspect you have asbestos insulation in your home.

Thermal mass and wall insulation

Walls can play a big part in how energy efficient a house is - particularly in terms of how much heat they absorb and release.

Soundproofing and wall insulation

Keeping heat and sound in (or out) are two of the biggest jobs a wall is expected to fulfil. Find out how this is achieved.

Thermal performance of walls

Walls can absorb a tremendous amount of heat. This can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on where you live.

Floor insulation performance

A properly insulated floor can help lower your heating and cooling bills, and reduce unwanted noise from wooden floorboards.

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