Insulation, the secret to a warm home: InsulFound

Cantabrians know the value of warmth. Not all homes are created equal when winter begins to bite. While heating solutions offer respite, the real key to cosiness is proper insulation.

New Zealand homes generally use between 50-70% of their energy consumption on heating and cooling. This figure would be drastically reduced if all homes were properly insulated.
Most of us probably have a pretty clear picture of what insulation looks like. It’s pink or white fluffy clouds of glassy wool, tucked in between our walls and ceilings, helping to keep the warmth in and the cold out. Unless you work in the industry however, you probably aren’t aware of the other types of insulation that are crucial in maintaining a warm, dry home environment.

Concrete slab insulation stops the flow of heat energy out through the edges of a building’s concrete foundations. Angus Beattie of Christchurch company InsulFound is something of an expert on the subject. He’s been in the industry for over a quarter of a century and knows the difference that can be made by properly insulating your home’s concrete slabs. If you’re building in this part of the world, it’s paramount.

Getting this right is easy if you’re in the process of building a new home. InsulFound comes in a range of profiles and can be simply fitted to all concrete foundations. It can also be retrofitted onto existing concrete slabs, meaning no matter where you call home, InsulFound can offer you a versatile, durable solution, specifically designed for New Zealand conditions. Better yet, it’s manufactured right here in Canterbury from materials almost entirely sourced from New Zealand.

The cost of power is in what seems like a constant state of ascension and winters are only getting colder. Properly insulating your new-build or existing property with products like InsulFound can help make sure your home is not only warm, comfortable, and inviting, but also efficient, saving you money in the long run.

The potential savings in heating costs if your home is properly insulated have been independently assessed at 30-40%.

Stats NZ estimate there are 500,000 inadequately insulated houses in New Zealand.

Independent research shows that up to 80% of foundation heat loss can be avoided by properly insulated concrete slabs.

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