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Can you insulate a steel framed house?

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 15 December 2014 at 3:23 pm

Q: My question relates to the bead type of insulation. We own a steel frame property and had the insulation put in a few years ago. There have been no issues with it for us but we are hoping to sell our property.  However, the buyer is making the insulation a big issue as they have heard that there are problems using insulation in steel framed properties.

A: I have checked with a representative of the Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency (CIGA) and they confirm that steel frame houses shouldn't be insulated. However, they say that this is not because cavity wall insulation is problematic in steel-framed houses. Rather it's because cavity wall insulation hasn't been tested in steel frame houses, and so it hasn't been accredited for installation.

CIGA had a case about a year ago that was similar to yours. A number of steel-frame properties had been insulated. CIGA inspected them all, found the insulation to be working well, and advised the owners that they would guarantee the insulation for the full 25 years. If there had been a problem CIGA would have arranged for the insulation to be taken out. In this case all the owners chose to keep it in.

We recommend that you contact CIGA and ask them to check your insulation. Do let us know how you get on.

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Laurentiu

LaurentiuComment left on: 14 January 2015 at 6:33 am

I dont think this is a big issue, there are many other type of insulation materials available like rubber insulation , XLPE insulation, liquid foam insulation and NBR insulation that you can use which are cheap and better than any other insulation material available in the market.

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