Construction sector gears towards energy conservation with thermal insulation systems

Local🕔 28 December 2017

According to the Global Market Insights, Inc., the building thermal insulation market is slated to surpass USD 34.9 billion by 2024, of which USD320 million is anticipated to come from the Middle East-Africa region particularly Saudi and UAE, due to its environmental benefits, cost-effectiveness and product availability.

With UAE becoming one of the most attractive hubs for infrastructure spending, increased technology advancement for improved business conditions will pave the way to increased product demand.


The new thermal technology prevents heat gain and loss through the building envelop. Buildings are responsible for 28% of the world’s energy consumption. According to the studies by German Environmental Agency, up to 90% of primary energy demands of a building can be reduced with a proper energy-retrofit programme.


The insulation material effectively limits thermal conductivity and heat transfer. Thus, the insulation panel not only prevents the interior from cooling during the winter, but it also keeps it from heating up in the summer.


A typical house in the Emirates gains around 60% of heat through its roof and walls. Providing thermal insulation will protect the building from the heat and retain its mechanical or natural conditioning. Therefore, less energy will be used which consequently affects the electricity bill. There is a minimal maintenance expense as it is applied permanently on to the building.

A single product is not always able to reach the performance levels required, even when specifically formulated. For example, there are no materials or products which, when used alone, are able to efficiently solve the problem of thermal insulation of buildings. For this type of application, global producer of adhesives and chemical products for the building industry MAPEI has developed MAPETHERM, a thermal insulation system made up of different types of material applied in various thicknesses which work together to guarantee excellent, long-lasting results. MAPETHERM thermal insulation system comprises: MAPETHERM AR1, one-component cementitious mortar for bonding and levelling insulation panels and for thermal insulation systems; MAPETHERM BA, aluminium starting profiles with drip channel; MAPETHERM FIX: Stud for fixing insulating panels and composite insulating systems in place, with a plug with a metal/nylon pin and polypropylene body; MAPETHERM NET: alkali-resistant glass fibre mesh suitable for reinforced skimming layers when repairing façades, or for the execution of thermal insulation systems; MAPETHERM PROFIL: pre-mounted aluminium angle iron incorporated with alkali-resistant glass fibre mesh; MAPETHERM MW: mineral wool insulating panels for thermal insulation systems.

The progress of the construction industry towards a sustainable future is tightly connected to innovations from the chemicals sector. Not only must the development of sustainable technology in this sector proceed step by step, by improving existing products and making them increasingly healthy. It must also develop by focusing on radical innovation based on scientific research and in-depth knowledge of emerging technology.

Local🕔 28 December 2017

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