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

Sponsored by ROCKWOOL®
By Amanda C. Voss, MPP

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.

Credits:

HSW
1 AIA LU/HSW
ICC
0.1 ICC CEU
IACET
0.1 IACET CEU*
AIBD
1 AIBD P-CE
AAA
AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
AANB
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
AAPEI
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
NLAA
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
NSAA
This course can be self-reported to the NSAA
NWTAA
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
 
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia

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

Photo © Jason O'Rear

 

ROCKWOOL<sup>®</sup> ROCKWOOL® is the world’s leading manufacturer of stone wool insulation offering a full range of high-performing and sustainable insulation products for the construction industry with solutions that help create more resilient, energy-efficient, safe, and sustainable buildings. www.rockwool.com

 

Originally published in January 2022

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