Conservation of fuel and power

Roof insulation thickness for building regulations will vary depending on the type of insulation used.

Different insulants have different efficiencies and performance levels which affects the thickness required to meet building regulations.  This table shows a comparison of the insulations when looking to achieve different U-Values on a plywood deck.

  0.16W/M³K on a plywood deck 0.18W/M³K on a plywood deck
Insulation Type Thickness
(mm)
Approx Weight Loading
(Kg/m²)
Thickness
(mm)
Approx Weight Loading
(Kg/m²)
BauderPIR FA-TE 140 4.2 120 3.6
BauderPIR Flatboard 160 4.8 140 4.2
BauderPIR Tapered 150 4.6 130 3.9
Expanded Polystyrene 210 4.9 180 4.2
BauderROCK 230 33.1 200 27.2
BauderXPS CO2 (with Umax) 230 8.1 200 7.0
BauderJFRI 200 (with JFRI VPM) 225 6.75 200 6.0
Cork 240 24.0 210 21
Cellular Glass 240 30.0 210 26.3

 

  • England and Wales - Part L of Building Regulations - Conservation of fuel and power
    Separate criteria are set out in approved documents; L1 is specific to dwellings and L2 relates to buldings other than dwellings.  These are then split into four sections and for new construction are based on notional buildings:
    L1A New Dwellings - 0.13 W/m²K
    L1B Existing Dwellings - 0.18 W/m²K
    L2A New Buildings other than Dwellings - 0.18 W/m²K
    L2B Existing Buildings other than Dwellings - 0.18 W/m²K
    More via Government Planning Portal 
  • Scotland - Section 6 of the Scottish Building Regulations - Energy
    Revised target levels for roofs are to be implemented from October 2015 and are approaching or exceeding the passiivhaus standard for buildings.
    Domestic buildings - 0.11 W/m²K
    Non Domestic buildings - 0.18 W/m²K for heated and naturally vented notional buildings
    Non Domestic buildings - 0.16 W/m²K for heated and mechanically vented notional buildings
    More via The Scottish Government