There has been an increasing interest in alternative housing options for homeowners around the world. Sustainable housing has attracted thousands of people to defer the large, traditional housing style and opt in for a more unique and efficient one instead. Such options include tiny homes, cabins, converted buses, and tree houses just to name a few.
Another alternative living option that's catching on with the tiny housing community is a yurt. Like tiny homes, many people are choosing yurts because of their low cost, portability, and sustainability - not to mention their unique structural design. Whether it is temporary and portable, or maybe a permanent living structure, using reflective insulation on a yurt can do wonders in keeping it cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
So what is a yurt, and how do you insulate one?
What is a Yurt?
A Yurt, also known as a Ger, is a type of dwelling structure that originated in Mongolia roughly 1,000 years ago. Nomads in Central Asia lived in these round structures that consisted of wooden accordion-like frames covered with layers of felt and a canvas shell. The roof supports rise up from the wall at an angle and connect to a circle opening in the center, which can be opened or closed depending on the weather.
Modern yurts can range from simple and portable structures to elaborate permanent homes that have interior walls, plumbing, and electricity. People can live in yurts all year round in a wide variety of climates. The key to comfortable and sustainable living in a yurt is effective insulation.
How Do You Insulate a Yurt?
Using insulation in a temporary or permanent yurt can help balance the air flow in your tiny living space. Reflective insulation is perfect for yurt living because it is extremely efficient for its thickness. In fact, many manufacturers use reflective insulation in yurt plans direct from the factory.
EcoFoil® Bubble Insulation is perfect for new and old yurts alike. Our reflective foil can be installed in walls, roof, and under the deck of permanent yurts. In addition to reflecting 96% of radiant heat, it is unaffected by moisture and will serve as a barrier to vapor and prevents condensation.
You can even use EcoFoil Under Slab Insulation to insulate the floor of a temporary yurt. Reflective insulation will keep your yurt cool in the summer and warm in the winter by reflecting heat back to its source. You will benefit from insulating your yurt whether you are camping for the night or living in it for many years.
At EcoFoil®, we are all about innovation and helping people live out their eco-friendly lifestyles. We are proud to be a part of the Tiny r(E)volution, which promotes a life of simplicity and sustainability.
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