Foamed-in-Place Insulation

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A Vilified Insulation Material From the 1970s Returns

Even though urea formaldehyde foam insulation (UFFI), a.k.a. amino foam, has been out of the spotlight, it’s been going into a lot of buildings

Posted on Oct 31 2013 by Alex Wilson

In working on a major revision to The BuildingGreen Guide to Insulation Products and Practices (available bundled with a webcast), we’ve had an opportunity to dig into some of the lesser-known insulation materials on the market. Some of what we’re found has been surprising.


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Waiting for EPA Action on Spray Foam Insulation

The Environmental Protection Agency has decided to review information on hazards linked to use of uncured diisocyanate compounds, keeping alive the possibility that they’ll be heavily regulated or phased out

Posted on May 5 2011 by Richard Defendorf

Spray polyurethane foam is magic to some advocates of energy efficient housing — but black magic to others, who say its toxic potential outweighs its considerable merits as an airtight insulator.


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What Is a Deep Energy Retrofit?

Beyond weatherization, a deep energy retrofit is a remodel that aims to cut energy use by at least 50%. How deep can you go? The sky (and your budget) is the limit.

Posted on Jun 26 2010 by Christopher Briley

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I recently heard that a good blog is like a red party dress: long enough to cover the important parts, but short enough to maintain one's attention.

By that measure, the Green Architects' Lounge podcast episodes are like royal wedding gowns with long trains that flow down the aisle. This is great if you like wedding gowns, but ...

Because we feel that many short dresses are better than a single long one, we've decided to divide our episodes into smaller, more manageable parts, and release them with greater frequency.

(Time to switch metaphors...)


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Beyond Weatherization: More Stimulus Money Coming

Posted on Mar 27 2009 by Martin Holladay

$3.2 Billion in Block Grants For Efficiency Measures

WASHINGTON, D.C — Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that U.S. cities, counties, states, territories, and Native American tribes will soon receive $3.2 billion of stimulus funding for energy efficiency projects. The funding is separate from the $8 billion in federal stimulus funds flowing to the low-income weatherization program, according to the EERE News, an online newsletter from the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.


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