Rigid Insulation - The Demand Response and Energy Hero
Adding rigid foam insulation to residential roofs both dramatically reduces heating losses from homes and substantially cuts down on air conditioning needs. Additionally, this technique has measurable demand reduction capabilities.
In warm climates and during summer months, heat builds up in roofing materials during the peak solar hours. The maximum impact of this thermal storage from the sun energy in roof materials impacts homes when electrical grids are under the greatest load. Heat transfer into living spaces peaks just as residents return home, driving up use of energy-hungry air conditions all at once.
Rigid insulation installed on top of roof structures stops the flow of heat into homes, making living spaces more comfortable. This limits the sum total load air conditioning systems place on the grid at the most beneficial time possible.
Maximizing the Solar PV / Insulation Advantage
Pairing rigid insulation with a solar PV installation offers big benefits:
- In most cases, adding an optimal amount of insulation to a roof means replacing the exterior roofing surface (shingles, etc.). This is the ideal time to add solar to a home or business, because the panels will not need to be removed for the duration of the life of the roofing materials--upwards of 20+ years.
- The demand reduction advantages of rigid insulation on roofs compound with the benefits of increased energy production from solar PV. This is especially true for roofs with southerly or south westerly facing exposures, where the thermal gain reduction and energy production is maximized.
Human Lift Gets You There
Our construction lift-bucket speeds up installations of both rigid insulation and solar panels on roofs, decreasing the labor costs associated with each. That makes doing both simultaneously more economically viable. For property owners, addressing insulation and solar pv in tandem delivers huge energy savings immediately. For installers, it means bigger jobs, higher per-project margins and safer, more comfortable working conditions.