Building Thermal Insulation Market Report

Building Thermal Insulation Market Analysis By Product (Glass Wool, Mineral Wool, EPS, XPS), By Application (Roof, Walls, Floor), By End-use (Residential, Non-residential), Trends & Dynamics, Competitive Landscape, And Segment Forecasts, 2014 - 2025

  • Published Date: Dec, 2016
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2015
  • Report ID: GVR-1-68038-338-6
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2013-2015
  • Number of Pages: 185

Industry Insights

The global building thermal insulation market size was estimated at USD 24.4 billion in 2015 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.2% from 2016 to 2025. Increasing demand for insulation in residential and non-residential buildings in order to cut down energy costs coupled with growing importance for energy conservation is expected to propel the demand for thermal isolation materials. In developed economies, the stringent government regulations have been instrumental in supporting the industry growth.

Favorable regulations for the adoption of building thermal insulation materials are a major factor expected to make Europe the largest market. Asia Pacific is anticipated to emerge as the fastest growing region and growth is likely to be driven by rising demand in China. Rising income levels, rapid urbanization, and increasing industrial output in various regions in Asia Pacific have driven the need for better infrastructure. Increasing construction spending in the region coupled with government initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is anticipated to drive industry growth.

U.S. building thermal insulation market by product, 2014-2025 (USD Million)

U.S. building thermal insulation market

In North America, the U.S. is expected to account for largest market share. Various initiatives such as the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) which focused on large scale adoption of thermal laggings in low income households have played a pivotal role in making North America an attractive market.

Future economic growth is expected to be led largely by domestic demand. With diminished reliance on exports, this region will focus increasingly on trade and investment in their home market. This will be facilitated by relatively easy access to finance and availability of labor. Over the longer term, the trend will strengthen because the growing middle-class population and rising income levels will fuel domestic demand further.

Product Insights

Glass wool observes the highest penetration and is expected to remain as the largest product segment. The product has witnessed wide popularity owing to the low fire hazards. It can be installed easily with the help of DIY tools and that has helped the market penetration.

Expanded polystyrene (EPS) is anticipated to emerge as the fastest growing product segment. EPS is a popular product in the Europe and is now gaining good attention in North America as well. High thermal insulation properties (R-value) adds on to the product popularity. The fewer amount of EPS is required as compared to the traditional products.

EPS comes from non-renewable raw materials, and this factor can pose a challenge to the growth. Various manufacturers of other thermal laggings are promoting their ‘natural’ fire protection characteristics and lobbying against the use of other plastic foam laggings, especially EPS.

Application Insights

Wall insulation holds the highest share and is expected to dominate the segment demand over the forecast period. Main reason for the penetration is the large surface area of the walls in a building. Thermal paddings are used for exterior as well as interior wall insulation.

Building thermal insulation demand, by application, 2015

Building thermal insulation demand

Walls are expected to remain as the largest as well as the fastest growing application segment. Roof insulation is anticipated to emerge as the second largest application segment.  A roof is the most prominent source of heat penetration from direct sunrays and thus needs proper isolation to maintain optimal temperatures. This segment is anticipated to grow at an estimated CAGR of 3.8% during the forecast period.

End-Use Insights

Residential construction emerged as the largest segment and accounted for over 50% of the total market demand in 2015. Residential construction is expected to gain 0.85% of market share by 2025 on account of increasing thermal paddings demand in residential buildings in order to reduce energy consumption.

Non-residential construction segment accounted for around 49% of the total market revenue in 2015. Increasing importance of energy efficiency of commercial and public buildings on account of high energy costs that lead to increased maintenance costs is expected to further complement the growth over the forecast period.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific is likely to emerge as the fastest growing region and is anticipated to gain 1.0% market share by 2025.  The region is characterized by high thermal barrier demand in residential and commercial buildings. Governments of China, India and Japan have been increasing their construction spending to improve public and commercial infrastructure. These trends coupled with energy conservation initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are expected to drive Asia Pacific insulation market growth over the forecast period.

Europe is governed by stringent regulations from European Commission and REACH. EU initiatives to promote thermal insulation as a means of energy conservation strategy are expected to support the growth. Increasing energy costs and high awareness among consumers regarding benefits of thermal paddings are anticipated to have a positive impact on the regional market growth. This region is likely to maintain its position as the largest market for building thermal insulation materials.

In North America, resurgent building construction activity will boost thermal barrier materials demand, supported by the implementation of strict building codes such as the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), which is likely to encourage more insulation utilization per structure.

Competitive Insights

Key players include Dow Building Solutions, Owens Corning Corp., Johns Manville Corporation, Huntsman International LLC, CertainTeed Corporation, Kingspan Group PLC, BASF Polyurethanes, Saint-Gobain S.A., etc.

The building thermal insulation market is mature and thus can be considered to be a steady contributor. The industry has witnessed slow but stable growth in most of the application segments. Insulation materials have been in demand in this region for a long time, and hence the market is highly price sensitive. New constructions and implementation of energy efficiency codes are likely to result in high industry rivalry.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 & 2015

Forecast period

2016 - 2025

Market representation

Volume in Kilo Tons and revenue in USD Million  & CAGR from 2016 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America & MEA

Country scope

U.S., Canada, Mexico, UK, Germany, France, Japan, China, India

Report coverage             

Revenue forecast, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

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Segments covered in the report

This report forecasts volume & revenue growth and provides an analysis on the latest trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this report, Grand View Research has segmented building thermal insulation market on the basis of product, application, end-use and region:

  • Product Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Glass Wool

    • Mineral Wool

    • EPS

    • XPS

    • Others

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Roof

    • Walls

    • Floor

  • End-Use Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)
    • Residential

    • Non-Residential

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • North America

      • U.S

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • UK

      • France

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

    • Middle East and Africa

    • Central & South America

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