Apologies to Paul Simon, but when I looked at the long list of design ideas I compiled while at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, I thought I’d try to mention 50 of them—a nice round num
Installing insulation to a home is a great way to cut down on heating and cooling costs while improving energy efficiency. Adding it to attics, ducts, exterior walls, and basements can provide resistance to heat flow.
This non-woven, water-resistive weather barrier from James Hardie contains a MicroTech coating that allows moisture inside the home to escape, keeping areas within the walls dry while keeping outside moisture out.
Iso Red ci Polyiso Foam Sheathing from OX Engineered Products is a closed-cell polyisocyanurate insulation solution that provides the technology for best-in-class foam sheathing R-values and moisture resistance.
Neopor, 5300 insulation material from BASF, contains special graphite particles that reflect heat radiation, reducing heat loss.
Sto Corp. has launched its energy-efficient StoGuard fluid applied weather barrier to the residential market.
SmartBatt with MoistureSense Technology from CertainTeed is the industry’s first kraft-faced fiberglass batt insulation.
DuPont Tyvek ThermaWrap R5.0 delivers the benefits of a weather barrier along with an insulation value of R5.0 in a single product that can be installed using familiar techniques similar to those for Tyvek HomeWrap.
Energy codes continue to strengthen, and now all but two climate zones require R-20 insulation in 2-by-6 wall cavities.
Temperature is key when spraying high-quality foam with maximum yield, and ColorWise nozzles from Fomo provide a visual check to ensure the chemical is not too cold.
Builders weigh in on their preferred materials and methods for the interior-exterior barrier that plays a critical role in delivering comfort, energy efficiency, and durability.