What is U-Value

U-Value is a measure of how much heat will escape through a material, or how bad an insulator a material is. So materials with high U-values let lots of heat through them – Copper would be an example. Materials with low U-Values don’t let heat pass through them, and so can be used to insulate a space. Material wool is a good example. The ideal insulator has a U-value of 0.

The science-y bit: U-Value is the heat (in Watts) lost through one metre square of the material (for a given thickness) per degree Kelvin (or C). The unit is W/m2K

Not to be mistaking for


Americans use R-Value, which is a measure of insulating properties, and so the reverse of U-Value.

Tog Value

Similar to R-Value, used in quilts


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