Fit for the Future: Achieving True Durability with Stone Wool Insulation

Sponsored by ROCKWOOL®
By Amanda C. Voss, MPP
1 AIA LU/HSW; 0.1 IACET CEU*; 1 AIBD P-CE; AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines; AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.; MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.; This course can be self-reported to the NSAA; NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; OAA 1 Learning Hour; SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define durability goals and analyze how insulation can contribute to durable designs and systems.
  2. Assess how durable insulation contributes to comfort in a building during normal weather events and survivability in the case of extreme events like a fire.
  3. Examine how stone wool exterior insulation provides architects and designers flexibility in balancing beautiful aesthetics while meeting energy efficiency and fire safety standards in the building code.
  4. Evaluate how buildings made of durable components require less technical supervision and refurbishment, leading to savings in energy and materials used for maintenance and repair over the lifetime of the building.

This course is part of the Durability Academy

Choosing the correct insulation is a critical component to achieving the long-term resilience of the built environment. Over its service life, a good insulation must perform day in and day out against weather and environmental volatility while also standing ready to shield a structure against sudden and extreme threats, like fire. To be a better insulation, the insulation product should demonstrate undegraded, as-manufactured performance for as long as possible, maximizing service life and the performance of the building. The very best insulation must add one additional layer of performance: ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all the people interacting with it. Besides action as a thermal barrier, the testing matrices used to evaluate insulation will be discussed in detail, as well as the unique attributes of stone wool insulation, aiding architects in making a durable insulation decision.

Fit for Future

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Originally published in January 2022