fiberglass batts

Flash and Batt Insulation

Posted on April 25,2015 by user-1048334 in fiberglass batts

One thing I’ve noticed over the years is that construction methods don't change quickly — and when they do change, the change is apt to be along the lines of current practices. That makes sense. It’d be near impossible to run a business if you were changing your technique and product five times a week. Flash and batt insulation is one example of a new technique being implemented by insulation contractors. Flash and batt is a hybrid insulation approach combining fiberglass insulation and closed-cell spray foam.

Guardian Fiberglass Threatens Blogger With Legal Action

Posted on April 25,2015 by user-756436 in batt installation

UPDATED 11/8/2011: Guardian Building Products has apologized to Allison Bailes. See full information at the end of the article. On October 19, 2011, blogger Allison Bailes, a frequent contributor to GBA, posted a blog on his Energy Vanguard website about the difficulty of installing fiberglass batts well. You can read his excellent blog here: A Visual Guide to Why Fiberglass Batt Insulation Underperforms.

First Look at Affordable LEED Townhomes

Posted on April 25,2015 by CarlSeville in affordable housing

My associate Abe Kruger and I are the green raters on a set of 18 affordable townhomes currently under construction for the Chattanooga, Tennessee Housing Authority. We were brought in after design and specifications were complete, so we did not have as much influence on the project as we would have liked. Regardless, it is a good project with a very involved and cooperative team. With this in mind we hopped in my car for the two-hour drive up I-75 recently for the first pre-drywall inspection.

How Heat Moves Through Homes — Building Science Podcast

Posted on April 25,2015 by John Straube in ceramic paint

In our last episode, Dr. Joe Lstiburek talked about efflorescence and the serious damage that water and salt can do to masonry. This week, Dr. John Straube explains how the three forms of heat flow work, and debunks the claims of a few common insulating materials.

Comfort is the Primary Purpose of Buildings

It’s OK to Skimp On Insulation, Icynene Says

Posted on April 25,2015 by user-756436 in building code

While energy experts often advise builders to exceed minimum code requirements for insulation, Icynene Incorporated, a manufacturer of open-cell spray polyurethane foam, is swimming against the tide. Surprisingly, Icynene is trying to convince builders to install less insulation than the code requires.

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