Calculating R-Values and dew points

About thermal transmittance

Each component of your wall contributes to its overall thermal efficiency, in Great Britain commonly referred to as its 'R' value ('U' value).

The R-Value expressed as m²*K/W is the coefficient of thermal transmittance.

This is the amount of energy passing through a material or structure in one hour expressed in watts per square metre for a temperature difference between the two surfaces of 1°C (=1°Kelvin).

Hence, the higher the R value (the lower the U value), the better the insulation.

How to calculate

Provided you know the thickness and thermal conductivity or Lambda () value and the μ = vapor diffusion resistance of each component, the R value and the dew point is quickly calculated using the formula:

(0,13 + 0,04 + ( Width / ))

Please enter your data in the fields below (the preset data is typical for a 350mm Styro Stone wall with Neopor) and don't forget to complete the data for plaster, render etc. as well.

The of Styro Stone's EPS (styrofoam) is 0,035 and the better 0,031 is valid for our Neopor. The vapour diffusion resistance depends on the density of our material, which is > 25g/l.


μ_min μ_max SD
Dew point
Inner insulation
wall structure
(i.e.: concrete)
Exterior insulation
Exterior render

climate inhouse (°C): % rel. humidity

climate outside (°C): % rel. humidity

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