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Optimized Insulation

Optimized Insulation

  • Bonded Logic. UltraTouch uses post-consumer blue jeans to make cotton batt and blown-in cellulose insulation with no formaldehyde or VOCs while diverting 300 tons of denim per month away from landfills. It is available in select R-values up to 30, absorbs sound for up to a 50% increase in acoustical performance, and offers fire- and mold-resistant qualities. New perforated batts enable easier installation around cavity intrusions to achieve optimal R-value. 480.812.9114. www.bondedlogic.com/ultratouch-cotton.htm.

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    Bonded Logic. UltraTouch uses post-consumer blue jeans to make cotton batt and blown-in cellulose insulation with no formaldehyde or VOCs while diverting 300 tons of denim per month away from landfills. It is available in select R-values up to 30, absorbs sound for up to a 50% increase in acoustical performance, and offers fire- and mold-resistant qualities. New perforated batts enable easier installation around cavity intrusions to achieve optimal R-value. 480.812.9114. www.bondedlogic.com/ultratouch-cotton.htm.

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    Bonded Logic. UltraTouch uses post-consumer blue jeans to make cotton batt and blown-in cellulose insulation with no formaldehyde or VOCs while diverting 300 tons of denim per month away from landfills. It is available in select R-values up to 30, absorbs sound for up to a 50% increase in acoustical performance, and offers fire- and mold-resistant qualities. New perforated batts enable easier installation around cavity intrusions to achieve optimal R-value. 480.812.9114. http://www.bondedlogic.com/construction-products/ultratouch-denim-insulation.

  • CertainTeed. A full line of compatible insulation options includes CertaSpray, a closed-cell expanding spray foam designed for complete coverage or hybrid applications (pictured) to provide air sealing and up to R-6.7 insulating qualities. It also serves as a secondary moisture barrier and offers anti-fungal-growth qualities. The company also offers recycled glass-fiber batts and blown-in with plant-based binders that contain no formaldehyde. 800.233.8990. www.certainteed.com/products/insulation.

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    CertainTeed. A full line of compatible insulation options includes CertaSpray, a closed-cell expanding spray foam designed for complete coverage or hybrid applications (pictured) to provide air sealing and up to R-6.7 insulating qualities. It also serves as a secondary moisture barrier and offers anti-fungal-growth qualities. The company also offers recycled glass-fiber batts and blown-in with plant-based binders that contain no formaldehyde. 800.233.8990. www.certainteed.com/products/insulation.

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    CertainTeed. A full line of compatible insulation options includes CertaSpray, a closed-cell expanding spray foam designed for complete coverage or hybrid applications (pictured) to provide air sealing and up to R-6.7 insulating qualities. It also serves as a secondary moisture barrier and offers anti-fungal-growth qualities. The company also offers recycled glass-fiber batts and blown-in with plant-based binders that contain no formaldehyde. 800.233.8990. www.certainteed.com/products/insulation.

  • Demilec. Sealection 500 is a two-part, water-blown polyurethane open-cell spray foam that delivers air-sealing and R-3.81 per inch insulating qualities. The formulation contains no ozone-depleting or emitting chemicals, gasses, fibers, or asbestos to promote healthy indoor air; the sealing value offers sound abatement benefits up to STC 51. It is appropriate for all wood-framed areas. 877.336.4532. www.demilecusa.com.

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    Demilec. Sealection 500 is a two-part, water-blown polyurethane open-cell spray foam that delivers air-sealing and R-3.81 per inch insulating qualities. The formulation contains no ozone-depleting or emitting chemicals, gasses, fibers, or asbestos to promote healthy indoor air; the sealing value offers sound abatement benefits up to STC 51. It is appropriate for all wood-framed areas. 877.336.4532. www.demilecusa.com.

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    Demilec. Sealection 500 is a two-part, water-blown polyurethane open-cell spray foam that delivers air-sealing and R-3.81 per inch insulating qualities. The formulation contains no ozone-depleting or emitting chemicals, gasses, fibers, or asbestos to promote healthy indoor air; the sealing value offers sound abatement benefits up to STC 51. It is appropriate for all wood-framed areas. 877.336.4532. www.demilecusa.com.

  • Dow Building Solutions. Froth-Pak is a two-component, quick-cure polyurethane foam that fills cavities, cracks, and expansion joints to deliver air sealing and R-5.35 insulating value, as well as a Class-A flame-spread rating. Other compatible and complementary products and systems are available to accommodate below-grade, wood-framed, and block/concrete construction, including insulated structural sheathing panels. 866.583.2583. http://building.dow.com/na/en/products/insulation.

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    Dow Building Solutions. Froth-Pak is a two-component, quick-cure polyurethane foam that fills cavities, cracks, and expansion joints to deliver air sealing and R-5.35 insulating value, as well as a Class-A flame-spread rating. Other compatible and complementary products and systems are available to accommodate below-grade, wood-framed, and block/concrete construction, including insulated structural sheathing panels. 866.583.2583. http://building.dow.com/na/en/products/insulation.

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    Dow Building Solutions. Froth-Pak is a two-component, quick-cure polyurethane foam that fills cavities, cracks, and expansion joints to deliver air sealing and R-5.35 insulating value, as well as a Class-A flame-spread rating. Other compatible and complementary products and systems are available to accommodate below-grade, wood-framed, and block/concrete construction, including insulated structural sheathing panels. 866.583.2583. http://building.dow.com/na/en/products/insulation.

  • GreenFiber. High-density Cocoon cellulose blown-in insulation is made from 85% post-consumer recycled newspaper purchased in bulk and from select community collections and 15% non-toxic borate additives to achieve a Class 1A fire rating. The coverage chart on the package indicates how much material is needed to achieve the desired R-value. The hydroscopic product can absorb up to 15% moisture content without losing thermal value and also absorbs 90% of sound transmission, says the maker. 800.228.0024. www.greenfiber.com.

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    GreenFiber. High-density Cocoon cellulose blown-in insulation is made from 85% post-consumer recycled newspaper purchased in bulk and from select community collections and 15% non-toxic borate additives to achieve a Class 1A fire rating. The coverage chart on the package indicates how much material is needed to achieve the desired R-value. The hydroscopic product can absorb up to 15% moisture content without losing thermal value and also absorbs 90% of sound transmission, says the maker. 800.228.0024. www.greenfiber.com.

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    GreenFiber. High-density Cocoon cellulose blown-in insulation is made from 85% post-consumer recycled newspaper purchased in bulk and from select community collections and 15% non-toxic borate additives to achieve a Class 1A fire rating. The coverage chart on the package indicates how much material is needed to achieve the desired R-value. The hydroscopic product can absorb up to 15% moisture content without losing thermal value and also absorbs 90% of sound transmission, says the maker. 800.228.0024. www.greenfiber.com.

  • Johns Manville. The company offers a wide range of insulating options, including Kraft-Faced Batts & Rolls made of naturally white, formaldehyde-free fiberglass. Applicable in all wood framing cavities, the batts are available in R-values ranging from 11 to 38 and in pre-cut batts. Complementary products include rigid foam panels for CMU/concrete walls, poly-encapsulated batts, and both spray- and blown-in fiberglass. 800.654.3103. www.specjm.com.

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    Johns Manville. The company offers a wide range of insulating options, including Kraft-Faced Batts & Rolls made of naturally white, formaldehyde-free fiberglass. Applicable in all wood framing cavities, the batts are available in R-values ranging from 11 to 38 and in pre-cut batts. Complementary products include rigid foam panels for CMU/concrete walls, poly-encapsulated batts, and both spray- and blown-in fiberglass. 800.654.3103. www.specjm.com.

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    Johns Manville. The company offers a wide range of insulating options, including Kraft-Faced Batts & Rolls made of naturally white, formaldehyde-free fiberglass. Applicable in all wood framing cavities, the batts are available in R-values ranging from 11 to 38 and in pre-cut batts. Complementary products include rigid foam panels for CMU/concrete walls, poly-encapsulated batts, and both spray- and blown-in fiberglass. 800.654.3103. www.specjm.com.

  • Knauf. The Insulation & Sealing System uses one-part, water-based, elastomeric EcoSeal applied with an airless sprayer to seal the framing joints; fiberglass EcoBatt insulation adds thermal resistance to R-38 per batt. Sealant accommodates gaps as small as 1/16 inch for optimal air tightness. A whole-house application installs in a half-day, says the maker, requires no safety gear or special equipment, and provides acoustical qualities. 317.398.4434. http://ecoseal.knaufinsulation.us.

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    Knauf. The Insulation & Sealing System uses one-part, water-based, elastomeric EcoSeal applied with an airless sprayer to seal the framing joints; fiberglass EcoBatt insulation adds thermal resistance to R-38 per batt. Sealant accommodates gaps as small as 1/16 inch for optimal air tightness. A whole-house application installs in a half-day, says the maker, requires no safety gear or special equipment, and provides acoustical qualities. 317.398.4434. http://ecoseal.knaufinsulation.us.

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    Knauf. The Insulation & Sealing System uses one-part, water-based, elastomeric EcoSeal applied with an airless sprayer to seal the framing joints; fiberglass EcoBatt insulation adds thermal resistance to R-38 per batt. Sealant accommodates gaps as small as 1/16 inch for optimal air tightness. A whole-house application installs in a half-day, says the maker, requires no safety gear or special equipment, and provides acoustical qualities. 317.398.4434. http://ecoseal.knaufinsulation.us.

  • Oregon Shepherd. Natural recycled wool loose-fill insulation delivers a high thermal resistance value (about R-4 per inch), resists settling per natural elasticity, and can absorb up to 38% of its weight in moisture without sacrificing thermal value. The all-natural product requires no safety gear to install and absorbs off-gassed chemicals from other products to promote better indoor air quality; it is also fire- and vermin-resistant. It is available in batts for floor cavities. 888.629.9665. www.oregonshepherd.com.

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    Oregon Shepherd. Natural recycled wool loose-fill insulation delivers a high thermal resistance value (about R-4 per inch), resists settling per natural elasticity, and can absorb up to 38% of its weight in moisture without sacrificing thermal value. The all-natural product requires no safety gear to install and absorbs off-gassed chemicals from other products to promote better indoor air quality; it is also fire- and vermin-resistant. It is available in batts for floor cavities. 888.629.9665. www.oregonshepherd.com.

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    Oregon Shepherd. Natural recycled wool loose-fill insulation delivers a high thermal resistance value (about R-4 per inch), resists settling per natural elasticity, and can absorb up to 38% of its weight in moisture without sacrificing thermal value. The all-natural product requires no safety gear to install and absorbs off-gassed chemicals from other products to promote better indoor air quality; it is also fire- and vermin-resistant. It is available in batts for floor cavities. 888.629.9665. www.oregonshepherd.com.

  • Owens Corning. EcoTouch Pink Fiberglas Insulation features new PureFiber technology made with formaldehyde-free minerals and plant-based compounds and a minimum of 30% post-consumer recycled content (50% total recycled content), the highest SCS-certified percentage in the industry. The product offers R-13 to R-38 ratings for all framed applicatons. The manufacturer recommends its application with an air-sealing method to achieve optimum thermal performance. It achieves Greenguard Indoor Air Quality and Greenguard Children and Schools certification. 800.438.7465. http://insulation.owenscorning.com.

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    Owens Corning. EcoTouch Pink Fiberglas Insulation features new PureFiber technology made with formaldehyde-free minerals and plant-based compounds and a minimum of 30% post-consumer recycled content (50% total recycled content), the highest SCS-certified percentage in the industry. The product offers R-13 to R-38 ratings for all framed applicatons. The manufacturer recommends its application with an air-sealing method to achieve optimum thermal performance. It achieves Greenguard Indoor Air Quality and Greenguard Children and Schools certification. 800.438.7465. http://insulation.owenscorning.com.

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    Owens Corning. EcoTouch Pink Fiberglas Insulation features new PureFiber technology made with formaldehyde-free minerals and plant-based compounds and a minimum of 30% post-consumer recycled content (50% total recycled content), the highest SCS-certified percentage in the industry. The product offers R-13 to R-38 ratings for all framed applicatons. The manufacturer recommends its application with an air-sealing method to achieve optimum thermal performance. It achieves Greenguard Indoor Air Quality and Greenguard Children and Schools certification. 800.438.7465. http://insulation.owenscorning.com.

It wasn’t that long ago that insulation was insulation. Today, thanks in large part to keener competition for buyers, rising energy prices, and stiffer building codes, there is a wealth of products designed to create and improve an actual thermal envelope. And the choice for builders is not just which one to spec, but how to combine them to optimize their respective benefits and achieve higher levels of performance.

“There are a million ways to skin that cat,” says Lucas Hamilton, manager of building science application at CertainTeed in Valley Forge, Pa. “Builders can now let the unique factors of a project dictate a solution.”

That relatively new concept also makes energy-efficient housing more affordable. Builders across all price points can now modify their insulation packages not only to the climate, local code requirements, and the clients’ expectations for comfort and energy costs, but also to the construction budget. And because a systematic approach to insulation results in a superior thermal envelope, builders can reduce the size and cost of the HVAC equipment, diminish duct leakage, and afford better windows to remain price-competitive in a sluggish sales environment.

Case in point: On a recent project, Synergy Companies Construction of Leominster, Mass., employed a combination of various rigid foam insulation panels, expanding spray foam, R-30 fiberglass batts, air and vapor barriers, and proper taping and flashing materials and methods to help reduce a home’s energy use by 60%.

The 1,100-square-foot home is heated and cooled entirely by a mini-split system using two air handlers and a heat pump that looks more like a room fan, served by a single tankless water heater, and kept cozy with triple-paned windows. “If you’re trying to achieve the highest levels of energy performance, you have to approach it as a system,” says Synergy owner Gary Bergeron.