There are many technologies available today for architects and designers to create efficient buildings.Good insulation, intelligent building design and efficient appliances are some possible ways to turn energy guzzlers in to low energy buildings
A study done by McKinsey showed better insulation is one of the most cost effective measures to save energy and reduce carbon emissions
When insulation is used in hot climate countries, it minimises heat penetration into the building, thereby reducing the energy required for cooling while maintaining a cool indoor temperature. This in turn reduces carbon emissions produced by power plants from the generation of electricity.
The First Malaysian Study on Mineral Wool Insulation showed that Malaysia can potentially save a total of 1,483 GWh of electricity annually – corresponding to the capacity of a 242MW power plant or equivalent to 910,768 tonnes of carbon emissions savings.
The study also documents the possibility for the government to reduce its spending on energy subsidies by as much as MYR 221 million annually.
Insulation can be used in every part of the building – roof, ceiling, partition, external walls and ventilated facades. It is also well suited to insulate pipes, boilers and tanks by reducing heat losses in installations of power plants, petro-chemical plans and different types of industrial applications. Details of insulation applications.
*1 McKinsey study (2008)
*2 White Paper on the potential impact of housing insulation in Malaysia by Solidiance (September 2009)