How Thermal-Acoustical Insulation Protects and Upgrades Your Multi-Use Facility
Sharing a space with other trades is cost-effective, but it can also present challenges in regards to building code requirements. Proper insulation is necessary across the board, but insulation methods and products must remain compatible with every trade and with other important tasks such as fireproofing. Thermal-acoustical insulation restricts the transfer of both heat and noise within a building. Here’s how thermal acoustical insulation protects and upgrades your multi-use facility.
How Thermal Acoustical Insulation Protects and Upgrades Your Multi-Use Facility
Maintain Compliance Across Trades
Building codes vary based on location, climate, industry, and other factors. When multiple trades occupy the same building, they must each comply with relevant regulations while not interfering with one another. With proper design and careful planning, thermal acoustic insulation installers can provide every distinct space with the correct levels of heat- and noise-mitigation to keep every trade within the mixed-use building compliant.
The degree to which an insulative material resists heat transfer is known as its R‑value. The higher the R‑value, the more effective the insulation and the more energy-efficient the building. Depending on your location and industry, you may be required to maintain or exceed a certain R‑value. Generally speaking, however, it’s better to aim for the highest R‑values possible. High-quality thermal-acoustical insulation raises the R‑values of all trades within a multi-use facility, helping them save money and stay safe. Best of all, spray-applied insulation is compatible with fireproofing products, so it won’t negatively affect fire protection protocols or fireproof installation.
Keep Noise Levels to a Minimum
The acoustic side of thermal-acoustic insulation dampens sound inside a building and prevents sound from leaking out of it. The average sound absorption performance of acoustic insulation is referenced by its noise reduction coefficient (NRC), a value ranging from 0.0 to 1.0. Like R‑values, NRC values, lower numbers indicate weaker performance and higher numbers indicate more effective insulation. Reducing noise is important in any facility, as it minimizes distractions and protects the ears of all occupants. That said, a high NRC rating is even more important in multi-use buildings, since each trade must maintain a significant degree of separation from one another for privacy and safety purposes. Thermal-acoustic insulation helps maintain NRC compliance, increase safety outcomes, and maximize productivity for all trades.
Don’t Sacrifice Visual Appeal
Insulative materials aren’t necessarily designed with aesthetics in mind – these important materials are more concerned with the aforementioned benefits of noise reduction and heat transfer resistance. That said, there’s no reason your building’s insulation should be a major eyesore. On the contrary, ugly and showy insulative materials can take a toll on productivity and morale. As such, Kaloutas prefers spray-applied thermal-acoustical insulation, which not only provides years of thorough protection but also blends right in with an aesthetically-pleasing finish. Of course, the quality of application makes all the difference in terms of visual appeal, which is why it’s best to hire an experience professional like Kaloutas to tackle this important task.
Insulate Your Mixed-Use Building the Right Way
There are several ways to approach thermal and acoustical insulation in your building. Trust the experts at Kaloutas to provide high-quality, visually appealing spray-applied thermal-acoustical insulation in your multi-use facility to improve R‑values, NRC ratings, and facilitate your fire stopping efforts. To learn more about us and all that we do, contact us online or give us a call at 978−532−1414 today.