22 March 2018

Table of Contents for Insulation Materials

Insulation Materials

An Eco-shield


The undeniable importance attached to incorporating energy-saving features in buildings has the ability to stimulate investments in quality insulation materials. An increasing traction of construction sector to obtain green building and energy efficiency certifications would also aid in the growth of insulation materials in times to come. What would truly catapult the industry dynamics is the steady investment inflow from the global as well as domestic players and offer construction industry innovative ways to enhance eco-efficiency reports Prerna Sharma



The insulation in buildings contributes to reducing the required air-conditioning system size and also in reducing the annual energy cost. It helps in extending the periods of thermal comfort without reliance on mechanical air-conditioning especially during inter-seasons periods. The magnitude of energy savings as a result of using thermal insulation vary according to the building type, the climatic conditions at which the building is located and the type of the insulating material used. Insulation reduces the exchange of heat through the many surfaces in building walls, ducts, roof, etc.


The global building insulation market was valued at around $22.63 billion in 2016 and is expected to reach approximately $27.74 billion in 2022, growing at a CAGR of slightly above 3.45 per cent between 2017 and 2022. While the global market size of high-performance insulation materials market was $5.79 Billion in 2015 and is projected to reach $10.93 Billion by 2021, at a CAGR of 11.2 per cent. Growing end-use applications such as oil & gas and industrial are driving the market for high-performance insulation materials. Increasing concern over energy conservation in industrial applications is also driving the market.


The global insulation market is driven by several factors such as energy conservation and reduction of carbon footprints. Growing public awareness about the need to save energy is another driving factor for building insulation market. Non-residential insulation is another important application of insulation materials. Green buildings with very low energy consumptions are provided with tax benefits by several governments across the globe, thereby promoting the growth of building insulation market.


However, Plastic foam insulation materials are susceptible to the volatility in crude oil prices in the international market as polystyrene is a downstream derivative of crude oil. This reduces the competitiveness of plastic foams with respect to fiber glass insulation materials. Nonetheless, development in the construction industry in economically developing countries will propel the demand for building insulation market in times to come. Wool insulation segment dominated the market in the year 2016 and is expected to lead the market for next few years. Due to the hygroscopic nature of wool, the insulation is able to absorb, store and release moisture, naturally controlling condensation levels within the building and improving internal air quality. Applications of the building insulation are wall insulation, roof insulation, and floor insulation. Among this, roof insulation market generated the largest revenue for building insulation market owing to increase commercial and residential building insulation across the globe.





The oil & gas segment dominated the high-performance insulation materials market in 2015, in terms of value. The increasing demand for advanced insulation materials for critical applications is expected to sustain the growth of the high-performance insulation materials market in the oil & gas segment between 2016 and 2021. The demand for advanced insulation materials in oil & gas applications is mainly supported by increasing concerns regarding energy conservation. High-performance insulation materials are also used in the automotive industry as it provides several unparalleled benefits such as enhanced acoustic performance, thermal signature reduction for hot engine components, lightweight thermal insulation for exhaust, impact damping, and fire protection.


The aerogel materials segment is projected to witness the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Factors such as superior insulating properties, increasing concerns for energy conservation, reduction in green-house gases emissions, and cheap and abundant raw material availability will continue to drive the growth for this segment in the global high-performance insulation materials market.


The global building thermal insulation market is driven by the increased demand from applications such as wall insulation, roof insulation, and floor insulation. Building thermal insulation are materials that reduce the amount of power required to heat or cool a house. They minimize the amount of heat that escapes during the winter and limit the hot summer air penetrating into the house. Building insulation is the most cost-effective measure in climates that have a wide range of annual average temperatures.


The plastic foam segment accounts for the largest share among all material type segments. The market for plastic foam is estimated to grow owing to its attributes such as higher thermal resistance (R-Value), versatility, strength, and life span. The growing demand in regions such as Asia Pacific and Europe also fuels its growth.The wall insulation application segment dominated the building thermal insulation market, both in terms of value and volume in 2016. The rising demand for energy efficient buildings and maximum loss of energy through walls in a building drive the demand for wall insulation.The residential building type segment dominated the building thermal insulation market, both in terms of value and volume in 2016. This is due to the boom in housing sector in countries such as the US, Germany, and China. In addition, the awareness regarding energy efficient buildings and rising cost of energy also drive the demand for thermal insulation in residential buildings.






Asia-Pacific dominated the high-performance insulation materials market in 2015. China is the second-largest high-performance insulation materials consumer in the world. The demand for the high-performance insulation materials is driven by from various sectors such as oil & gas, construction, automotive, and industrial, among others. The increase in infrastructural investments and rise in the number of new manufacturing establishments is anticipated to lead Asia-Pacific as the major driver of growth for the high-performance insulation materials market.


By region, the building insulation market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Middle East& Africa. North America is the largest market for motion sensor and estimated to retain its dominance over the estimated period. Increasing investment in the construction industry and stringent energy efficiency regulations are propelling the demand of this market in North America. The US Government promoted home insulation by offering tax rebates on new home insulation or re-insulation if the insulation standards were met by the individual home owners.In Europe, renovation and refurbishment of existing structures play an important role in the development of the market for insulation.


Some countries such as Germany, Spain, Denmark, Russia, Poland, Netherland, UK offer considerable potential in the segment renovation and refurbishment, as a large part of existing buildings have been equipped with only limited insulation. Poland, Russia, and Turkey have been forefront for implementing insulating material. Development of demand for insulation material following from increased renovation and refurbishment activity, however, also depends on the willingness of and financial means available to respective governments to attain energy efficiency objectives.The Asia Pacific market for the building insulation is forecast to the highest growth rate of adaptation compared to other regions due to the rapid growth of construction industry in economically emerging countries such as China and India.Building insulation market for Japan is matured. In addition, cheap labor cost, low cost of setting up manufacturing units, and low cost of insulation materials drives this market in Asia Pacific region. Moreover, residential and non-residential construction manufacturers have adopted the usage of insulation materials due to rise in demand as a result of climate change, need for lower energy consumption, and more sound-proof buildings. Growth in disposable incomes and living standards of middle-class families is boosting the demand of insulation market.






Energy efficiency in buildings is achieved through a multi-pronged approach involving adoption of architectural principles responsive to the climate of the particular location by combining efficient insulation with robust structural design. Implementation of energy-efficiency in building systems is almost entirely dependent on effective thermal insulation of the building envelope.India is quite a challenge in this sense since there are as many as six major climate zones: cold and sunny; cold and cloudy; warm and humid; hot and dry; and composite and moderate. Translation of optimum architectural design in the Indian context therefore poses a major challenge in proper choice and deployment of insulation, vapour retarder, weather protection and aesthetic finishing.


Thermal insulation in buildings plays an important part in achieving thermal comfort for its occupants. Insulation reduces unwanted heat loss or gain and can decrease the energy demands of heating and cooling systems. In addition to a wide choice of Thermal envelopes, Lloyd Insulations provide complete solutions for scientific thermal Insulation of HVAC system elements like chilled water Refrigerant lines, supply and Return air ducting and air handling units a hot water plumbing to provide comprehensive energy efficiency to the built environment.Lloyd joined major players in the building sector in India, in co-ordination with energy experts, to draw up Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC). This aims to specify norms for insulation resistance requirements for buildings servicing various specific functions in various climate zones.


As the inventors of flexible foam for equipment insulation and a leading provider of engineered foams, Armacell develops innovative and safe thermal, acoustic and mechanical solutions that create sustainable value for its customers. Armacell´s products significantly contribute to global energy efficiency making a difference around the world every day. In line with the innovative product portfolio worldwide, Armacell India has recently launched 2 products with focus on various industries. Armaflex® Alu E is the latest offering from Armacell India which combines excellent fire performance with superior aesthetics and forms a complete insulation solution for ducting. The other offering from Armacell India Pvt. Ltd. is Class 0 Armaflex® with Arma-Chek® GC specially designed in 5 different colors to combine mechanical & UV protection with aesthetic value.






The most important single requirement is that the materials deployed in the insulation system should remain in place and continue performance of their assigned role over the expected life of the building. This stipulation would require that each material should be unaffected by exposure to the environmental media for the entire life span of a building.Lloyd insulations offers a wide range of materials, each of them developed, tested and validated to deliver the best value to the end user. The Rockloyd range of bonded mineral wool combines excellent insulation value with total fire safety. Its fibrous matrix affords excellent acoustical and Noise control properties as well. It is offered in all possible forms - Slabs, flexible Mattress, performed Pipe Section or sprayable formulations.



Isoloyd Nilflame, Superfoam, Lloyd Foam and Superthemrepresent the higher end of thermal efficiency, while delivered excellent structural strength properties. These closed cell Rigid Urethane Foam insulating materials resist vapour migration and water ingress.Lloyd Panel Systems provide the ultimate value in building insulation. They provide a one-step solution towards excellent insulation value, extraordinary structural strength and the highest levels of aesthetic finish to a building. Exciting opportunities are offered to architects and designers to extract maximum benefit to the end user in applications like commercial complexes, large Industrial buildings and public buildings like Airports, stadia and convention centers. In line with changing times, AEROLAM Insulations Pvt. Ltd. is involved in the manufacturing and marketing of reflective roof insulation and air bubble insulation material for the purposes of construction. It is also available as a pre-engineered building insulation material. AEROLAM™ foil insulation materials are used during construction of buildings and are placed between two layers of the roofs. Through its reflection qualities, this reflective insulation material reflects the heat from the external environment. Such thermal insulation material does the same with the coolness, developed inside the room through the use of air conditioners. The coolness is reflected back inside to maintain the effect of the AC for longer periods of time.The same application of AEROLAM™ can be made use of in the cold countries too. The reflective qualities of air bubble insulation sheets reflect the coldness of the external environment and retain the warmth created by the heaters. The first benefit of these aluminum foil insulation sheets is that they make the environment, within the rooms, comfortable. Secondly, by retaining the coolness and the warmth of the air conditioner and heater respectively, AEROLAM™ home insulation bring down the amount of energy which is being consumed, which eventually contributes to the reduction of the effects of global warming.Energy is the single largest operating expense and accounts for over $100 billion in expenses forcommercial buildings each year. With a view to improve efficiency and enable conservation of energy, the Thermal Insulation Division of Supreme provides top-of-the-line insulation solutions with its ‘INSU’ range of products. Each of the products that Supreme offers i.e. ‘INSU shield’ - FR, closed cell chemically crosslinked polyethylene - XLC, ‘INSUboard’ - Extruded polystyrene - XPS and ‘INSUreflector’ – Radiant heat reflective material are for the purpose of saving energy in different segments of the industry and for different applications.






Most new eco-friendly insulation materials meet building regulations with minimal thickness, making the process of laying, cutting and installing an easier one all round. They also provide excellent compressive strength, even when compared to their traditional counterparts. But this doesn’t just apply to floors and walls, with the same quality and ease of installation also possible in most new forms of roofing insulation.Recycled plastic products are also becoming common building choices, and with thermal conductivity of 0.040 W/mk possible, are considered highly competitive with other, non-environmentally preferable insulations on the market. Sheep’s wool, however, remains one of the go-to options for eco insulation, and is a highly efficient thermal insulator with comparable performance to traditional glass fibre.






Global insulation materials industry is poised for growth due to the rising demand of efficient insulation in both residential sector on account of the increase in energy costs and tightening governmental policies. The importance of energy conservation is also expected to drive the insulation market. Over the last few years, various government initiatives have been put in to place to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and thus promote energy efficiency, thereby, boosting the insulation market. Additionally, efficient materials are also being used to provide sound and vibration insulation.



The building thermal insulation market is projected to reach $29.62 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 3.65 per cent from 2017 to 2022.




Fast Facts
Thermal insulation:
  • Helps maintain temperatures as perceived by the occupant to be within his limits of tolerance.
  • Reduces over-all cost of heating or cooling by cutting down energy consumption.
  • Reduces capacity of capital equipment to be installed for HVAC duty by cutting heat loss or heat gain to be compensated.
  • Keeps the temperature of the inner surfaces of buildings within acceptable limits to reduce possibility of their acting as ‘Radiators’ causing added thermal discomfort in summer and possible condensation in winter.
  • Provides fire protection to metal structures.
  • Reduces break-in of external noises and absorbs internally generated Noise.


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