This is a great article about why over half the new homes in the USA are insulated with fiberglass batts.
"The big problem with fiberglass is that nobody understands how to properly install it to minimize air leakage. And if they do understand how to install it, they don't want to spend the time and money doing it.
"So builders will happily keep building crappy walls that the wind can blow through because people can’t see it. They would rather sell visible performance, like windows and mechanical systems, because they can get real money for that."
Insulation isn't just for the winter months! Heating and cooling account for 50 to 70% of the energy used in the average American home. Inadequate insulation and air leakage are leading causes of energy waste in most homes. In the summer, insulation keeps the walls, ceilings and floors of your home cooler, which eases the load on your air conditioner and lowers your cooling costs.
Ask us about insulating your home today! Give us a call at (978) 462-0082
The original house is from 1690 and it has additions dating from the early to late 1700s! The walls have layer upon layer of history. It was wallpapered hundreds of years ago and then new walls were built over those. Hand etched drawings of sailboats with a British flag can be found on the exposed first-floor ceilings.
To make sure this house maintained its historical preservation we blew in Mineral wool with an adhesive into the exterior walls. The roof is insulated from the exterior with rigid foam board so as to not damage any of the beautiful interior.
"Flash and batt" is a popular technique for insulating walls. But if you are going to use this technique, make sure to start with at least two inches of closed cell foam first. A one inch "flash" is not enough to prevent condensation!
The largest misconception people have regarding energy is where they believe they use and waste the most energy.
Where is your home energy going?
Heating and cooling are the main energy consumers in buildings. Moreover, they account for two thirds of a building’s total energy consumption. However, most of this energy is wasted due to inadequate insulation.
Reduce Energy Costs with Insulation
Insulation is the most effective way to reduce energy costs. By using energy-efficient insulation techniques, 70 to 90 percent of a building’s heating and cooling need could be cut.
Call us today. Ask how you can reduce your energy waste with eco-friendly insulation!
The Green Cocoon has a passion for efficiency, not only in our daily operations, but also in the projects that we choose to work on. We have been fortunate enough to work on everything from small renovations and existing attics to energy positive, net-zero and our favorite, the Passive House.
What is a passive house? The term passive house (Passivhaus in German) refers to a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, reducing its ecological footprint. A continuous, balanced supply of fresh air ensures unparalleled indoor air quality. Operable windows connect indoors with out. Super-insulated walls hold warmth in the winter and cool in the summer. Special windows and a building envelope consisting of a highly insulated roof and floor slab as well as highly insulated exterior walls keep the desired warmth in the house – or undesirable heat out. It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling.
Currently in the U.S. there are less than 100 certified passive houses in existence, and we have worked on 4 of them. In the fall we will be starting another passive house in Rhode Island. We like to think of ourselves as the "go-to insulation company" for highly energy efficient projects.
To learn more about this project and passive house building in general, click here.
When it comes to reducing our carbon footprint and making our homes more efficient, the phrase "The more insulation the better" is often used. While all insulation materials reduce greenhouse gas emissions (by saving energy and reducing our use of fossil fuels), insulating with thick layers of spray foams often results in long “payback periods” for the global warming potential of the insulation, mainly due to the most commonly used blowing agents. Now, don't get the wrong idea. The long-term benefits of spray foam greatly outweigh the possible environmental impact of the initial application of the material, but in the pursuit of energy efficiency and the reduction of green house gas emissions, companies are always trying to make the manufacturing process and installation as environmentally safe and efficient as the final product. Honeywell has found a solution to this problem. They have created a new blowing agent called Solstice that has a GWP (Global Warming Potential) that is 99.4% less than the most currently used blowing agents. To give you an idea of ratings, the current blowing agents have a GWP of 725 and an atmospheric life of 10.8 years. The new Solstice LBA has a GWP of 1 and an atmospheric life of only 26 days. We are very excited to be installing spray foams with this new technology. Now, not only will you lower your carbon footprint by having an air-tight and well insulated home, but you can rest assured that the initial application of the product will not harm the environment. For more information on blowing agents, take a look at the websites listed below. Do you want to know how spray foam can help your home or commercial building? Contact us via email or call us at (978) 462-0082.
Do you live in Southern Maine and are looking to upgrade your existing insulation? If so, Efficiency Maine is currently offering rebates and incentives for energy improvements. This includes air sealing and insulation through the Home Energy Savings Program, which can give you tax and rebate incentives.
Efficiency Maine data indicates that the majority of Maine homes have inadequate insulation. Furthermore, insulating to recommended levels in Maine attics, basements, and walls can cut heating costs by 40 percent or more.
Qualified Insulation Partner in Maine
The Green Cocoon is proud to be a Qualified Insulation Partner with Efficiency Maine. Go to their website today to find out if you qualify for the program.
The Green Cocoon was thrilled to work on an old farmhouse in Rye, N.H. We used closed cell spray foam on most of the farmhouse.
Brought Up to Current Energy Codes
The house was completely gutted and rebuilt to current energy codes. We made sure that the house was well insulated all around, using spray foam on the roof and exterior walls. We used mineral wool for the interior walls and in the ceilings to help with sound deadening.