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Behind the Design: Yurts & Insulation Systems for Extreme Climates

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(All photos courtesy of Natural Habitat Adventures)

There are plenty of reasons to fall in love with a yurt for personal or professional use. Yurts are durable, portable, environmentally friendly, and can be designed for energy efficiency. It can bring you closer to nature, but not so close that you’re missing out on a comfy bed behind a locked door. They are more long-lasting and functional than any camping tent but don’t have any of the pitfalls of a permanent structure; this makes yurts a fantastic investment for anyone who works close to nature or loves the outdoors.

Although yurts are not often considered as a go-to option for extreme climates, the right insulation and environmental controls can make your yurt dependable even in the hottest or coldest locations. It all comes down to having quality construction and the right type of insulation.

WeatherPort™ yurts are equipped with specially designed insulation systems that cut down on energy usage and a high-strength steel frame to maintain a safe and comfortable working and/or living environment. These yurts have been used everywhere from the blistering Sahara Desert to icy Northern Siberia and polar regions.


The Difference is in the Design


WeatherPort yurt furnished interior

When dealing with extreme temperatures in remote locations, having a shelter from the suffocating heat or bitter cold is a life-saving necessity. WeatherPort’s specially designed insulation systems are engineered to achieve any R-Value needed.

The EnerLayer™ system uses advanced thermal materials to develop a highly effective insulation system that can reach any desired R-value. This seamlessly integrates into all WeatherPort Structures, yurts included.

Our state-of-the-art EnerLayer™ insulation and liner systems are high quality solutions for creating a radiant barrier and outperform cheap and flimsy reflective foil insulation often used for DIY projects. The radiant barriers help retain cool air indoors in the heat, and warm air indoors when in the cold. Rather than absorbing heat like other types of insulation, they reflect it. Heat from the outside gets reflected away, and interior heat is reflected back into the structure instead of escaping. This makes it much easier to maintain a consistent temperature while minimizing energy consumption and costs.

WeatherPort yurts are available in many sizes, including: 12’ wide yurt, 18’ wide yurt, 20’ wide yurt, 24’ wide yurt, to an impressive 30’ wide yurt. For the purposes of discussing insulation efficiency, we’ll look at a 650 square foot WeatherPort structure.

A WeatherPort structure, measuring 650 square feet, when equipped with the EnerLayer™ insulation system, and paired with an Alaska ECU™ (5-ton, environmental control unit), provides massive savings:


When R-Value Does and Doesn’t Matter


R-value is the measure of resistance to heat flow through a specific thickness of material. The greater the R-value, the greater the ability of a material to resist heat from passing through. The specific type of heat loss that the R-value insulation gives is called convection. It does not account for conduction, radiation, or air infiltration.  

A high R-value is important, but it is not the final word. That’s why the engineering and design of our yurts is just as important as the effectiveness of our insulation options.


Custom Designed Yurts


Greenland Basecamp WeatherPort Yurt

In addition to selecting a yurt size, as well understanding the standard ruggedness and engineering that allows a WeatherPort Yurt to withstand 80 PSF snow loads and withstand 120 MPH winds, there are a number of customization options to design a yurt that meets your specific requirements.

For locations with building codes that require higher wind and snow loads, to request additional information about WeatherPort yurts, or to schedule a free consultation with one of our friendly yurt specialists, call us at 970-399-5909, use our online contact form, or send us an email outlining your yurt needs to:

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