The science of building. Building science principles

Integrating building science into a project, also called a ‘Systems approach’, means considering how all the separate components of a structure interact together. Foundations, walls, doors, windows, lofts, roofs, mechanical systems and insulation are all taken into account. The result is optimised building performance, and a much decreased likelihood of building failures.

It’s also crucial that the occupants of a structure are aware of the ways they can limit any loss of energy. A completely optimised structure with an functioning insulation solution will go to waste if the occupants are not respectful of the environment.

The principles of building science include:

  • Using continuous air barriers alongside effective mechanical ventilation
  • Limiting heat bridges and optimising thermal resistance
  • Moisture management
  • Improving air quality levels indoors
  • Use of optimal heating systems

Our AirTight spray foam insulation meets all these demands, letting construction and design teams meet best practice for building science techniques. We have a proven track record, and our products have undergone extensive testing and research to ensure they offer the best performance levels.

How spray foam plays a vital role

Spray foam insulation is now at the forefront in design and construction, thanks to its ability to create an effective air barrier. Many older buildings, where air barriers were incomplete or absent, have consistently failed in controlling damage from moisture, and the mould growth that comes with it. Additionally, research shows that insulation cannot perform at optimal levels of comfort and energy efficiency if an air barrier is not present. This is why new or renovated buildings are often required to undergo a blower door test to measure air tightness.