See why Low-E is fast becoming the preferred brand of foil insulation for builder, designers, manufacturers and homes owner around the world.
Low-E Reflective Insulation is a well-established, driven and innovative company. Producing a line of environmentally safe products since 1989, we have produced and installed well over 1 billion sq ft of material. Our patented Low-E Insulation is now sold in over 30 countries around the world and is fast becoming the world’s favourite brand reflective insulation
Low-E UK Ltd
Based out of Liverpool and handles distribution and technical support for the UK market. Low-E UK Ltd celebrated its 10th year in business in 2015 where the company has continued to grow year on year. We pride ourselves on customer service and aim to deliver products direct to site through our network of merchants and distributors in under 48 hours.
Low-E Reflective Insulation EMEA
Based in Dublin, Ireland, we distributed products through the EMEA region. We were founding members of RIMA (Reflective Insulation Manufacturers Association) and our Advanced Research and Development Department has continued to design new and innovative products for a growing number of markets and specific applications.
Low-E Reflective Insulation USA
We operate out of two locations in the US. One in New Oxford, Pennsylvania and one in Hermitage, Missouri which from we distribute to the North, Central and South America.
Our team have a wealth of experience in all aspects of construction and manufacturing and we offer our customers a full in-house technical support service. Our team have a wealth of knowledge with regard to insulation systems, moisture control, condensation risk analysis and Part L. We work very closely with Local Authority Build Control (LABC) on a national level to ensure we stay up to date with the most current regulations and standards.
U-Values and Condensation Risk
If you have a specific application requirement, need assistance with U-value calculations (BS EN ISO 6946), or Condensation Risk Analysis (BS EN ISO 13788), our technical team are fully trained to help.
New Build & Refurb – Install Guide
Our construction install guide for New Build and Refurbishment work contains numerous systems incorporating Low-E in roof, wall and floor applications. All systems in our guide that carry the LABC logo have been reviewed and approved by LABC to show compliance with building regulations 2006, 2010, 2014, U-value calculations (BS EN ISO 6946) and Condensation Risk Analysis (BS EN ISO 13788).
Our team are available on the phone or by email and can carry out site visits when required. They can advise on the best method for installing Low-E in all aspects of manufacturing and construction. Our sales team are also available for site visits to offer hands on knowledge and expertise when required.
Continued Professional Development (CPD)
Construction professionals can register their interest in our Continued Professional Development Program. In 2018 we are starting and program of interactive Webinars for anyone interested in learning more about Low-E Insulation products. If you would like more information or to sign up to this service, please submit an inquiry via email or through our website.
R&D, Testing and Production
We do not compromise on quality. Our Patented Insulation is only manufactured in the USA, UK and EU. We test our products to the highest standard. At present we have carried out all required testing to meet and comply with UK and European standard for foil insulation EN 16012. We also carry LABC (Local Authority Building Control) approval in the UK.
Over many years we have carried out testing, met standards and approvals in various countries around the world for various application, including EN 16012 (EU), LABC (UK), BBA approval (UK), Intertek (USA), DCPS Approval (USA), MBCI Approval, BCCO Approval (USA). We have also carried out Fire Testing to the highest standard across the World including BS EN 476 (UK), ASTM E84 (USA), AS/NZS 1530 (AUSTRALIA).
We have carried out tests to the following standard
- Emissivity – EN 16012
- Emissivity – ASTM 1371
- Wet and Dry Cycle Emissivity – ASTM 1371
- Forced Aging Emissivity – BBA M1/42672
- Corrosivity – ASTM D 3310
- Hot Box – BS 8990
- Hot Plate – EN 12264
- Hot Plate – EN 12267
- Hot Box – C 518
- Hot Box – C 976
- Hot Plate – C 518
- Flame and Smoke Spread – BS 476
- Ignitability (Default Euro Class) – EN 11925
- Flame and Smoke Spread – ASTM E84
- Full-Scale Room Burn – ASTM E 603
- Fire Performance – NFPA 286
- Ignitability, Flame, Heat and Smoke Release – AS/NZS 1530
- Hot Surface Performance – ASTM C 411
- Vapour transmission – BS 3177
- Vapour transmission – E 96
- Water Resistance – D779
- Thermal and Moisture Protection – IBC, IRC UBC
- In Door Air Quality – D 5116
- Fungi Resistance – ASTM C 1338
- Sound Transmission – E90
- Compression Test – 72PSI/96PSI
- Nail Tear Resistance – BS 12310
- Tensile Strength BS 12311
- Beach Puncture Resistance – T 803
How Low-E Insulation Is Made
Low-E Insulation is manufactured using a patented production method that eliminates the use of glues, adhesives and solvents. Our recycled, non-toxic, closed cell foam core is heat bonded to our 99.4% Pure Insulation Grade Aluminium. Not alone is the process patented but so is the product itself.
Glues and adhesives can break down over time especially when exposed to hot and cold as often as insulation is. Glues and adhesives can also contribute to the spread of fire. It is important to us to make sure our products are as safe as possible.
Foil insulation is a simple idea; use pure aluminium to reflect heat back to the heat source. It would be easy to do that with a single layer of aluminium; the problem is that single-layered products create problems as well as solving them. So they obviously answer is to add an additional layer to reduce the risk of condensation forming on the product.
Architects and designers love specifying Low-E Insulation to maximise the designed useable space. Low-E is quick clean and easy to install. It has no fibres and is indoor air quality approved
- Resists 3 Form of Heat Loss – Reflects 97% Radiant Heat
- Stops draughts – Won’t absorb Moisture
- Non Toxic – Mould and Fungi Resistant
- Saves Space, Install time, Labour Costs
- Class 1 Fire Rated – Deadens Sound
Insulation system, better than one insulation in its own Low-E has sound deadening qualities similar to mass insulation. Low-E is nontoxic. There are no fibres to stick in your skin or get in your eyes and there are no carcinogens to inhale. Unlike some insulations on the market Low-E doesn’t off gas over time and negatively affect indoor air quality.
There is absolutely no safety equipment required to handle or install Low-E. It is very light and with over 45m2 in a roll it Low-E will save time, space and money. Its unique core design means that Low-E will not sag after installation, drag on screws or fray after cutting.
Low-E -v- ‘Multi’ Foil
Foil insulation is a simple idea; use pure aluminium to reflect heat back to the heat source.
So why do so many companies get it wrong?
You can reflect heat with a single layer of aluminium, that’s easy! The problem is, when hot and a cold meet on a single layer product it creates an increased risk of condensation. So, the obvious answer is to add an additional layer to reduce the risk.
Different company have tried to do this a number of different ways using various different materials. The problem is that these other products also tend to create additional problems.
- They use bubble wraps or single layered products; which don’t stop condensation
- They glue the products together, and the glues break down
- They use fibrous cores; which absorb moisture
- They use Mylar instead of Aluminium cheap
Multi-Foil Insulations came out in Europe back in the 1990’s. They usually consist of multiple layers of mylar and have fibrous cores made of wadding (cotton, polyester, plastics). They tend to have poor fire ratings or no fire testing, which means they cannot be used in wide range of applications.
They are bulky and require longer screws and fixings. Their multiple layers make them difficult to cut and work with, they tend to catch on screws making them very labour intensive to install.
A lot of ‘Multi’ Foil Insulation companies recommend their products can be installed 20mm or 25mm battens. The problem is that ‘Multi’ Foil products can be anything from 35mm up to 80mm thick. They fail to explain is that to create a 20mm airspace with a 35mm product you would actually need a 47mm batten.
Low-E is not a multi-foil insulation and it does not have any of these multi-foil drawbacks!!
Aluminium -v- Mylar
Only aluminium has a natural low emissivity value. Mylar, while it does look ‘shiny’ and might be good at reflecting light, does not reflect heat in the same way as aluminium.
Mylar is much cheaper to produce but usually delaminates, cracks, chips and peels especially when it is exposed to heat and cold as often as insulation is. It might be good at keeping food fresh (packets of crisps and kit-kats) but not something you want from an insulation material.
Multi-foil insulations are not used or found in countries where regulations and foil insulation is widely understood. In the USA foil insulation has been used for over 30 years but multi-foil insulation is still not sold there due to its lack of compliance and failure to meet basic Fire Safety Standards.
Low-E -v- Traditional Insulation
For years people have been convinced that to insulate better, they should add more and more traditional insulation. The thicker the insulation, the better it works! But that doesn’t really solve the problem. Why?
Very high R values don’t stop heat transfer, they simply slow it down. You cannot ignore the need for good U values but by addressing the U values alone, a large percentage of heat transfer is being ignored.
To explain why this doesn’t work, I am going to describe an extreme scenario. Imagine a shipping container sitting the desert. The sun is heating the steel box and the temperature inside the box rises. Now image the shipping container is insulated with traditional insulation. The sun starts to heat up the box but the temperature inside doesn’t start to rise straight away. However, once the insulation has absorbed the heat from outside it starts to re-radiate that heat into the box. Eventually, the box starts to heat up, it is inevitable! So how do we solve the problem?
Fitting and Installation
Did you know, traditional insulations can be very difficult to fit “properly” and may not achieve its designed performance? If 100mm fibrous insulation is installed and compressed to 90mm, or overstretched to 110mm, it will never actually achieve its designed performance.
This is why the reflective insulation manufacturers of Europe have been pushing for in-situ testing for all insulation materials. There is no point in insulations meeting a standard in a laboratory if they do not achieve it in the real world
Traditional insulations can also have a negative effect on indoor air quality due to airborne fibres that can stick to your skin or get in your eyes. Some are even classed as carcinogens and are produced using toxic blowing agents. Did you know that most foam insulation products ‘off’ gases and are so toxic, they can never be recycled, incinerated or put into landfill.
The other problem faced by traditional insulation is that heat and warm air also carries moisture. When the warm air cools the moisture gets left behind, it is then usually absorbed by the insulation. Once the insulation absorbs moisture it tends to compress and it loses the ability to insulate. You may have seen this if you have ever been up in an old loft and noticed the old insulation is compressed and discoloured. Foam insulation doesn’t have the same problem with moisture absorption because it is usually made from a chemical compound.
Low-E is manufactured from non-toxic, recycled closed cell polyethylene foam. Up to 40% of our foam core is actually manufactured from recycled milk cartons. Not only does this reduce the need for refining and processing raw materials, it makes use of a product that is used every day and save it from a landfill. Low-E Insulation has one of the lowest carbon footprints of any insulation material on sale today
Global Warming Potential
Most insulation materials can make claims of low carbon footprint or Global Warming Potential (GWP) since they insulate and reduce CO2. Low-E Insulation has one of the lowest Carbon Footprints or GWP of any Insulation product of sale today, even without considering the carbon saving from life-cycle use. This is due in no small part to our patented production method which eliminates the use of glues, adhesives or solvents.
Reducing Energy Consumption
Low-E Insulation tackles all 3 forms of heat loss, provides moisture control and reduces draughts and air leakage. It is one of the most efficient Insulations on the market. Using Low-E is guaranteed to reduce energy bills and life cycle costs.
Transport and Storage
Low-E doesn’t just save space as a product. Our large compact rolls also require less packaging and take up less space in transport and storage. This has a hugely beneficial impact on the environment, as well as being more economical.
Incorporating Low-E Insulation in any insulation system means the profile of the system can be made smaller/narrower. This also reduces the thickness of ancillary components. Steels, timbers, secondary insulation, nails, screws or other fixings. Reducing ancillary components reduces haulage takes and takes trucks off the road. It also has the adding benefit of reducing internal/occupied space and reducing overall costs.
Carbon Negative Product
Once the life cycle saving CO2 saving of Low-E Insulation are taken into consideration Low-E actually has a Carbon Negative Footprint. The carbon footprint of Low-E Insulation was independently tracked by C-Tech Innovation. From raw materials, through production and even through to transportation and delivery. The below findings are calculated by C-Tech Innovations using the recognised CCalC (Carbon Calculations over the Life Cycle) tool.
Low Carbon Footprint
Carbon footprint of a given pack = Activity data (mass/volume/kWh/km) / Emission factor (CO2e)
|Process||Emissions per 1000 Rolls||Emissions per Roll||Emissions per M2|
|Raw Materials||16710 kg CO2e||16.71 kg CO2e||0.359 kg CO2e|
|Transport||310 kg CO2e||0.31 kg CO2e||0.006 kg CO2e|
|Storage||0 kg CO2e||0 kg CO2e||0 kg CO2e|
|Total||17020 kg CO2e||17.02 kg CO2e||0.366 kg CO2e|