The primary function of insulated panels is energy conservation. PIR insulated panels are designed using one of the highest performing and most efficient insulations; they are also capable of providing extremely high levels of airtightness.
These attributes uniquely contribute to the energy efficiency of the building envelope with the potential to considerably cut CO2 emissions. As fossil fuel supplies dwindle and our reliance on imported gas increases, reducing our overall demand for energy is also a major step towards increasing energy security.
Energy Conservation Regulations
To address the growing needs of the industry, regulations are reviewed and amended over several years to bring guidance in line with research and industry consultations. EPIC published a summary of the guidance for England AD-L2, Wales L2, Northern Ireland Part F, and Scotland Section 6 which is available as a free PDF download here. Minor amends to the Energy Conservation Regulations were made in 2016 to alter the wording, but nothing technical was changed.
As building regulations tighten, and the need to move away from fossil fuel grows, the use of renewable energy technology is becoming more widespread and more closely integrated with building design and construction. This is an essential part of the drive to cut carbon emissions and to increase energy security. The high thermal efficiency of insulated panels systems first reduces space heating energy demand, making it easier to supply as much of the remaining demand as possible through the use of renewables.
Whether for new build or refurbishment projects, the structural strength of insulated panel systems also provides a highly suitable and adaptable platform for renewable technologies, including wind turbines, solar hot water and photovoltaics. Some insulated panel manufacturers also supply solar based technology that is specifically designed to work with or as an integral part of their panel systems, both for heating and for the generation of electricity. Any surplus energy generated can be sold back into the National Grid, providing a more rapid payback on the investment, as well as the benefit of having an onsite energy supply.