What you need to know about the roofing and insulation industry article The insulation industry has been hit hard by climate change, with many companies having to move away from traditional materials such as tar-capped and gabled roofs and instead focus on more environmentally friendly materials such a carbon fibre.
In some cases, the cost of these materials has actually risen as a result of the rise in CO2 levels.
The latest statistics show that in 2017, the UK’s CO2 emissions rose by more than 50% compared to the previous year, and as a whole CO2 has risen by a whopping 4.2 million tonnes over the last 15 years.
However, the data shows that some of the CO2 produced by the industry in the UK has actually gone into the atmosphere.
The National Institute for Building and Construction (NIBAC) has published a report that analysed the energy efficiency of building materials in the country.
The report found that some materials, such as the asphalt, are currently more energy efficient than other materials, but that these materials also contribute to CO2.
For example, the report found the cost to manufacture asphalt in the United Kingdom is currently less than 1/20th of that of the cost in China.
“The vast majority of the materials that we use today are made from natural materials.
The difference is the amount of energy used in making them,” said NIBAC director of research and innovation David Walford.”
If you look at the carbon footprint of an asphalt plant, it is more than twice the amount that it is made from tar-clad concrete.”
For these materials to be as energy efficient as they are in China, we need to make them from carbon-free, renewable materials.
“It is estimated that there are around 300,000 tons of asphalt that can be manufactured in the world, and there are estimates that the UK produces around 10 million tons of the stuff every year.
But the NIBPC report says that of these, around 70% are produced in China and about 30% are manufactured in Germany.”
These are countries where we don’t have to worry about CO2,” said Mr Walfard.”
In Germany they are producing them at a fraction of the level that they are now and they are able to get the same level of CO2 savings from the CO 2 reduction than we can from producing them from tar.
“The report says these types of manufacturing processes, while being less environmentally friendly, can also be more environmentally efficient than traditional materials.”
We need to be more ambitious with our use of natural materials because these are the cheapest, the most energy efficient materials, so it is not as simple as it may sound to get them into the building market,” said Dr Walfson.”
I think the main reason why they are making these investments in renewable materials is because we have to be ambitious about what we are doing.
“It is very much like the roof and insulation industries in the past, we have had to go to a different approach to building, which is really, really difficult.”
While it is good to see the roof industry taking action to curb the greenhouse gas emissions from its industry, Dr Wafson says that we still have a long way to go in tackling the CO 3 emissions that we create.
“As long as we don, at some point, put out a statement saying we are going to put more CO2 into the air, I think that is going to have a huge effect on people who will be able to afford to buy the stuff.”