Insulating your business premises – here’s how to do it

Saving money by insulating is becoming increasingly attractive. Those who insulate their premises save directly on energy costs and also make a sustainable choice. And not unimportantly: the investment pays for itself within four years.

How to insulate your commercial property?

Saving money by insulating is becoming increasingly attractive. Those who insulate their premises save directly on energy costs and also make a sustainable choice. And not unimportantly: the investment pays for itself within four years.

Why insulate?

Good insulation keeps the cold out and the heat in. Besides being comfortable, it makes a huge difference in costs. Because without insulation, a lot of heat disappears through the roof, walls and floor. In some cases, insulation is compulsory, but read on if it is not. Partnering with a skilled insulation contractor can help you explore the best options for your home. Your energy costs can be reduced by up to 30%. And did you know you can also apply for a subsidy?

Types of insulation

Floor insulation, cavity wall insulation and roof insulation are the most effective insulation measures with the highest yield. Let’s take a look at them.

Floor insulation

An insulated floor is noticeably warmer. Floor insulation usually involves installing insulation material in the property’s crawl space.

Cavity wall insulation

Cavity wall insulation requires a relatively small investment and is easy to perform. It becomes significantly more comfortable indoors and you earn back the costs in about five years.

Roof insulation

Poorly insulated commercial buildings lose about 30% of their heat through the roof. Roof insulation is therefore not a superfluous luxury. It makes your premises more energy efficient and thus a lot friendlier to the environment. You will earn back your investment in about five to ten years. Sound insulation wall (Dutch: geluidsisolatie muur) is also important to consider if your starting with insulation.

Take care! Sometimes insulation is mandatory

Companies with higher energy consumption are obliged to take energy-saving measures. Insulation is one of them. This is stated in the new Environmental Management Act.

Return on investment

What your investment yields depends on a number of things. The type of insulation is important, but subsidies also play a role.

Subsidies for insulation

The government encourages insulation for SMEs with subsidies, usually in the form of an investment deduction. Examples are the Energy Investment Allowance (EIA), the Environmental Investment Allowance (MIA) and the Voluntary Depreciation of Environmental Investments (Vamil). Be well informed about the various possibilities in order to invest as cheaply as possible.

Return on investment of insulation

Floor, roof and cavity wall insulation not only provide a comfortable working environment. They have a very attractive return on your investment of 7 to 12%.

Payback time of insulation

Energy-saving measures always pay for themselves. How quickly again depends on the type. On average, cavity wall insulation pays for itself in five years. The payback time for roof insulation, such as sandwich panels (Dutch: sandwichpanelen) is five to ten years and for floor insulation nine years.

Getting started with insulation

Wondering what insulation can do for your business? Essent supports you in researching the possibilities and provides advice on subsidies. Our consultants will be happy to help you personally with a calculation of the costs and benefits, an overview of the possibilities, and, of course, with the insulation work.


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