Living in Canberra comes with its unique challenges when it comes to home insulation. With extreme weather conditions that range from -3.5°C in winter to 28°C in summer, it’s essential to have proper insulation in your home. Sadly, many homes in Canberra have less ceiling insulation than is needed to keep people healthy and comfortable throughout the cold winters and hot summers. This problem is made worse because these homes are expensive to heat or cool. However, having adequate ceiling insulation can reduce the need to use heating and cooling systems, which ultimately results in reduced energy use and costs and can extend the life of these systems.

Thankfully, the National Construction Code (NCC) has set minimum insulation requirements in terms of total R-value for floors, walls, and roofs. The NCC Volume 2 provides comprehensive insulation requirements for each climate zone. In Canberra, ceiling insulation should have an R- value of at least R5, which means that ceiling insulation batts should be about 25cm thick.

Insulation is given an R-value, which describes how well the insulation material slows the flow of heat. The higher the R-value, the more effective the insulation will be at keeping the home at an even temperature. While the Building Code of Australia mandates minimum insulation levels and locations, upgrading beyond this minimum requirement can provide significant benefits to your comfort and energy bills. Spending a little more upfront during building or renovation can save you money in the long run. This approach is known as “building for the life of the home.”

At Cozy Insulation Canberra Canberra, we understand the importance of having proper insulation in your home, especially in Canberra’s climate zones 7 and 8. We offer a range of insulation services to suit your needs, from ceiling insulation to underfloor insulation, and everything in between. We can help you choose the best combination of insulation and ventilation for maximum energy efficiency, health, and comfort. Contact us today for a free quote and take the first step towards building a home that will keep you comfortable all year round.