Air Structure Insulating System
Insulation for your air-supported structure cuts the cost of heating and cooling bills. Not to mention, you can save hardware costs because a smaller furnace can provide the heating needs of a bubble. Using reflective bubble pack insulation, The Farley Group can increase the efficiency and the green factor or running an air structure.
Reflective Foil, Double-Bubble Insulation
With two layers of bubble pack sandwiched between two layers of reflective foil, we use the principles of radiant heat transfer for our insulation system rather than traditional insulating principles that rely on heat transfer through the means of conduction and convection.
We use the measurement in emittance or ‘E’ values, which ranges from 1 to 9 rather than ‘R’ values to determine the effectiveness of our reflective insulation. As a result, it is difficult to compare the two insulating systems because of the different insulating principles.
Evident in reflective insulation, it has been said that ‘E’ values can provide the same insulating efficiencies as a fiberglass system that’s rated R10.
Is Fiberglass Better Than Reflective Insulation?
We strongly stand behind the product despite competitors that challenge the quality of reflective insulation. The many successful projects we’ve undertaken over the last 10 years are proof of the quality of product. It’s hard to argue the performance of reflective insulation when one can see firsthand ‘live’ case studies of this insulation system in action.
We can also provide customers with technical third-party data that supports our assertions of reflective insulation’s effectiveness. From our experience, we found that reflective insulation performs just as well as fiberglass in an air structure application.
Fiberglass system is still available to customers who prefer this to the reflective insulation, but we have found several advantages of using reflective insulation in an air-supported structure such as:
- Protection from moisture
- Resistance to molds, fungi, and bacteria
- Panel coverage
- Ease of installation
- Class 1/class a fire rating
Reflective foil is unaffected by the presence of moisture and actually controls condensation whereas fiberglass tends to act like a ‘sponge’ and absorb moisture. Once fiberglass is wet, it can no longer act as insulation. Wet fiberglass becomes heavy, and you run the risk of it coming loose from its attachments and falling to the ground within the wall panels of the dome, leaving no insulation coverage.
Resistance to molds, fungi, and bacteria
Without the presence of moisture on foil, reflective insulation does not provide a breeding ground for molds, fungi, and bacteria, which is a serious public health hazard.
Domes are constructed by welding panels of fabric together. Usually constructed with the dimensions of 56” or 71” widths, the seams between the panels make it challenging to cover with insulation of any type. The thinness of foil insulation allows for better coverage making the gap between seams as small as possible.
Ease of installation
Rolls of reflective insulation are light and thin making it an easier process to install with a shorter installation time. Unlike fiberglass, installers don’t have to worry about breathing in particles or suffer from skin irritation for those that are prone to reactions from handling fiberglass.
Class 1/Class A Fire Rating
Reflective foil bubble pack insulation adheres to the highest fire rating requirements, as it doesn’t support a flame. If exposed to direct flame, reflective insulation will melt and burn instead of catching fire. The Farley Insulation System meets ASTM E84 standard testing requirements.