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Fiberglass Insulation Manufacturer Tackles Installation Quality

Posted on April 19,2015 by ab3 in fiberglass batt

One of the major fiberglass insulation manufacturers (the color in the lead photo gives away which one I'm talking about) is getting serious about the installation quality of fiberglass batt insulation. They've put out a video (embedded below) and a document showing how to achieve RESNET Grade 1 installation quality with fiberglass batts. Have you seen these things yet?

Seeking the Elusive Grade 1 Batt Installation

Posted on April 19,2015 by CarlSeville in air sealing

Having spent much of my time writing for GBA whining and complaining about the state of the insulation industry, it is now time for me to eat a little crow. The insulation work at one of our multifamily certification projects has, amazingly, met – and even possibly exceeded – my expectations for quality.

Banish These Details From Your Plans

Posted on April 19,2015 by user-756436 in bay window

Is it possible to disassemble old shipping pallets and glue the pieces of lumber together to make furniture? Of course it’s possible; some woodworkers have used this method to make beautiful tables and chairs. There’s a fly in the ointment, however: while it’s possible, it’s not very easy. Many commonly used construction methods, design details, and materials fall into a category I would call “possible but not easy.” I decided to create a list of items that fall into this category.

What Architects Need to Know About Attic Kneewalls

Posted on April 19,2015 by ab3 in air barrier

We were working on a project, so we got a set of plans to get started. It includes the attic kneewall and vaulted ceiling section you see at right. This is typical of plans that architects draw, and builders build houses this way all the time. Unfortunately, it contains several errors. Can you spot them?

Flash and Batt in the Roof

Posted on April 19,2015 by ScottG in attic insulation

"Flash and batt" is an insulation technique that combines the air-sealing superiority of spray foam insulation with the cost benefits of fiberglass batts. An inch or two of polyurethane foam seals the cavity and the batt insulation adds R-value without costing an arm and a leg. That's roughly the plan Dave Frank is considering for the roof of a house — presumably his own house — in Climate Zone 5. But his plan contains a twist: He wants to spray the underside of the roof deck with foam and install the batts between the joists at ceiling level.

Is R-Value Dead as a Dodo?

Posted on April 19,2015 by user-1048334 in air leakage

Once upon a time, house insulation meant an extra sweater — and stop your damn complaining. Men were men, women were women, and cats and dogs were cats and dogs, I assume. Houses included features to produce and retain heat, of course — things like double back-plaster walls and central chimneys. But until the 20th century, insulation barely existed in any formal sense.

Should the Paper Facing of Batt Insulation Face the Inside or Outside?

Posted on April 19,2015 by ab3 in Batt insulation

If you install fiberglass batt insulation* with a kraft paper vapor retarder in a home, which way do you face the vapor retarder? To the inside of the home or the outside of the home? For many building science questions, the answer is, “It depends.” For this one, however, the answer is clear.

SPOILER ALERT: The answer is in the next paragraph — so if you'd rather wait and find out when you see the movie in the theater, don't read any further.

Batt Insulation is Still Making Me Batty

Posted on April 19,2015 by CarlSeville in Air Barriers

I recently performed the pre-drywall inspection on a small home seeking LEED certification. The local building inspector had visited and approved the batts for covering up.

Heat Loss from Air Is No Big Deal, Right?

Posted on April 19,2015 by user-1048334 in air barrier

No, it’s a huge deal. The photo (right) is of air streaming through recessed lights in a cathedral ceiling. I often and exhaustively speak about air sealing as if it were a universal good. And it is, right up there with brown ale and Avengers movies. My audit customers often look confused when I address their insulation questions by bringing up air barriers and air leakage. I mean, “Why are you talking about air leaks when I asked about the insulation?”

Grading the Installation Quality of Insulation

Posted on April 19,2015 by ab3 in batt

Six years ago, RESNET published a major revision of the HERS Standards, officially named the 2006 Mortgage Industry National Home Energy Rating Systems Standards. One important new feature in the standards was the grading of insulation installation quality. Before this change, R-13 insulation installed poorly (as shown in the second photo, below) was equivalent to any other R-13 insulation, including insulation with impeccable installation quality (as shown at the top of this article).

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