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  • A Bit About Mold and Mildew
    growth Because of the growing concern over fungi and other IAQ matters I made it a point to attend as many sessions as possible in the fungi and IAQ track at the 1997 EEBA Energy Efficient Building Association conference I heard no one single out insulation of any type as a cause for special concern in the matter of fungi In fact the recurring theme was that molds are everywhere in the environment and under the right conditions they can grow on practically any surface One presenter even showed a slide of mold growing on a window pane One presenter even went so far as to say that With the boric acid there it is hard to make mold grow on Cellulose Insulation Something that should be understood is that mold requires certain conditions to grow A source of water or continuous moisture A source of food A source of heat In most cases of mold contamination in homes and buildings a water leak or less than effective vapor barriers of some sort are primarily responsible for the contamination Mold will grow where there is water and any type of digestible material Wood framing fiberglass batting drywall and on most building materials This is not any fault of the building materials Of course air convection through your walls carries moisture that can be trapped in the walls and create conditions that are favorable for mold growth A solid insulation that prevents air convection will go far towards eliminating conditions favorable to mold growth Cellulose Insulation accomplishes this solidity with the spray on form of installation Cellulose also has the added mold growth inhibiting properties of boric acid Foam insulation will also accomplish the tight seal that cellulose insulation does to go far towards eliminating favorable mold growth conditions Fiberglass batting and blown in blankets are notoriously unable to prevent air circulation within wall cavities due to the fact that air convections are measurable in fiberglass insulated walls permitting the transfer of moisture into the wall cavities Tyvex and other vapor barrier technologies were developed specifically to address this shortcoming of fiberglass insulation Vapor barriers are not even necessary with sprayed in insulations that adhere to all surfaces like cellulose and foams Mold and Fungi contamination is a very important issue These fungi can easily spread and be released back into the breathable air supply and cause low grade illnesses severe illness and even death Use an insulator that protects your living environment Use Better Insulation Bank On It Recognizing what many insiders speculate may be in the future that fiberglass insulation may be found to be responsible for health risks of the same magnitude as asbestos with the associated litigations and removals many banks are now requiring that you sign off on your rights to seek retribution or compensation from the bank for Health related problems that may result from the use of materials used in the construction of your home when you sign for a new home loan The

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  • Green Living Tips
    living tips Useful weeds What is a weed In many instances it s just a plant in the wrong location In this age of rapidly changing climate perhaps we need to view weeds a little differently and take advantage of their many uses What s Happening With Animal Testing Products we buy may still be tested on animals first While the practice certainly hasn t disappeared it s banned at various levels in some parts of the world So how are some products tested now Connecting Kids With Nature We can reduce reuse and recycle all we like but if we can t get our kids on board it will be for nought Our children need to reconnect with nature to help them understand the importance of these actions and for the sake of their own health Earth friendly coffee habits Mmmm coffee love the stuff The type of coffee we consume and how we consume it has a direct impact on the environment Learn more in this article Treated Timber Is treated timber environmentally friendly Learn a little more about the various chemicals used in wood products Noise pollution Imagine a world without the excessive noise that humans create Noise pollution is a very real problem negatively affecting humans animals and the wider environment Composite Plastic Timber Composite plastic timber products give new life to plastic and wood waste recycling garbage bound for landfill into something useful that could last far longer than the original item Indoor plants as air filters Indoor plants not only look great they can also help clear your house of common environmental pollutants Agent Orange On Your Lawn 2 4 D 2 4 Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid is a chemical that was used in the infamous Agent Orange defoliant deployed during the Vietnam War It s

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  • Insulation Comparison
    be the best insulation to create an air seal around your home What we now call the Thermal Envelope Insulation Comparison is a very Important subject that can be subjective We will try to be as objective as possible and offer you the facts and the basics and let your own intelligence and common sense guide you We just want to let you know that there are alternatives and technologies available that can significantly reduce your energy use energy bills and help you have a happy healthy home Better Insulations practically eliminates the mold issue No ice dams A smaller AC unit does the same job Better soundproofing The list of benefits is very long and we need to start by giving you the basic overview of the 3 types of insulation available Note that Radiant Barriers and Insulating Coatings are also options but for this page we will stick to the cavity fillers as they have the most widespread applications The RB and ICs have their places but not as a total replacement for one form or the other of these 3 types in our opinion This comparison is also limitied to insulating WALL CAVITIES For information on ATTIC INSULATION COMPARISONS Click Here For Wall Cavity Filling there are Solid fill insulations BEST These Include Spray On Insulations of all types Polyurethane Foam Soy Based Foam Wall Spray Cellulose and arguably includes SIPS or EIF pre insulated panels Blown in insulations BETTER These Include Blown In Dry Insulations including Loose Fill Fiberglass Rock Wool and some Cellulose Insulation Applications Batt Type Pieced in Insulations GOOD These include Fiberglass Batts Cotton Batts and Rigid Foam Panels or Foam Boards A wall insulated with Cellulose Insulation is a marvel to see when you see a wall thermolitically sealed with Cellulose Insulation it s so obvious that it is better insulation that your decision becomes easy and made with confidence Cellulose is manufactured using recycled newsprint It is the premium insulation with the highest recycled content and lowest embodied energy The Result is solid savings This just won t do it There s just no comparison Better Insulation seals and insulates by creating a barrier against air infiltration Pieced in insulation simply cannot acheive a thermolitic seal Simple physics Foam is the cat s meow of high performance insulations Available in Petroleum based oil Polyurethane foam or Soy Bean Oil based Polyurethane Foam Insulation The more sustainable product is the Soy Foam and now you can even have foam insulation injected in your walls if you already have tired old fiberglass batts or settled fiber insulation in the walls This is the latest technology in insulation retrofit Get the R Value you need Building new or in your existing home Contact your local Better Insulation contractor today There is no time like the present to start saving money and energy Does it make sense to use Foam or Cellulose or some form of Better Insulation when you are building a new home

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  • Energy Efficiency
    a label for appliances that meet Energy Star s top standards seeks to appeal to consumers inner tech fan Home Energy Monitors Keep Track of Energy Use Retailers and the companies that make home energy monitors which provide readings of home electricity use are pushing to bring the devices into the mainstream Retailers Seek to Conserve Energy to Cut Costs Retailers use about 20 percent of the energy consumed by all commercial businesses and they are the fastest growing commercial category of energy users according to the Department of Energy A Satellite System That Could End Circling Above the Airport http www nytimes com 2012 04 04 business a satellite system that could end circling above the airport html partner rssnyt emc rss Airlines and airports are testing a guidance system that could reduce congestion and fuel consumption by allowing planes to take a more direct route to the runway Inching Toward Energy Independence in America Declining oil consumption and new energy production have brought the United States closer to a goal that has tantalized presidents since Richard Nixon THE ENERGY RUSH U S Inches Toward Goal Of Energy Independence American oil and gas industry is vastly increasing production reversing two decades of decline using new technology and spurred by rising oil prices since the mid 2000s industry is extracting millions of barrels more a week at same time Americans are pumping significantly less gasoline taken together the increasing production and declining consumption have unexpectedly brought the United States markedly closer to independence from foreign energy sources Graphs Photos Russia Struggles to Curb Energy Waste Economics not environmental qualms have won backing for an energy efficiency drive but progress grinds against grass roots skepticism and entrenched attitudes International Interest Grows in Green Building Certification As companies and governments look to

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  • Physics of Radiant Barriers
    a material has to absorb radiant heat THE LESS HEAT IS Conducted thru it s mass and emitted or re radiated thru the opposite side RE Value is the equivalent heat stopping ability of Reflective Foil Insulation and Radiant Barriers as compared to Fiberglass Cellulose and Foam insulation i e mass insulation s under identical conditions within a system The RE Value of Foil insulation s takes into consideration the total BTU s H per sq ft of heat transfer by Conduction Convection Radiation and considers Real Life Use conditions not considered in accepted R and U Value Calculations RE Value Apparent System R Value EFFECTIVE RESISTANCE BTUFOIL tm REFLECTIVE INSULATION and BTUBUSTERS tm PREMIUM RADIANT BARRIER THERMAL PERFORMANCE IN DIFFERENT SYSTEMS APPLICATIONS APPARENT SYSTEMS R VALUE RE VALUE EFFECTIVE RESISTANCE E S A designates these R Equivalent Values RE Values and Apparent Systems R Values EFFECTIVE RESISTANCE as being speculative and based on our best knowledge of REFLECTIVE INSULATION Radiant Barrier performance when used in a system as specified All total attic air spaces assumed at appox 60 to ceiling floor Values shown were collected from various sources Full reports charts available upon request E Value Emmissivity of E A s Reflective Insulation Radiant Barrier is 0 03 All Applications Performance of Reflective Foil Insulation and Radiant Barriers The past 25 years has been very exciting in the Energy Conservation business With the introduction and worldwide use of Radiant Barriers and Reflective Insulation products the excitement has increased Although the sales of these types of products have increased exponentially year after year the consumer is sometimes confused about the PERFORMANCE and VALUE of such products There have been over the years many unrealistic claims made about the performance many salespeople have in their excitement have made overconfident statements concerning what these products can and cannot do We are providing to you the Tools and Ammunition Information for you to study the REAL FACTS FIGURES and make your own decision if these products are for you In Addition consider this SIMPLE TRUTH Your Very Own Common Sense will guide you to the Correct Answer Although a great deal of the information we have provided may seem to be too complicated or high tech It s actually very easy to understand why how these products work and how they will benefit you Keeping cool and or warm is simply a matter of HEAT CONTAINMENT That is Keeping the HEAT OUTSIDE in the summer and Keeping the HEAT INSIDE in the winter Keeping Containing and the better an insulation product keeps the heat outside in summer contains the heat inside in winter the less energy you will use and the less money you will have to pay for electricity natural gas fuel oil for heating and cooling This means that you will ave Money each month throughout the year Doesn t it make good sense that if the heat cannot come inside in the summer your A C will not have to

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  • Weatherization Tips
    when I m driving And thank goodness for that huh But now it s time for things to change I moved recently and the new place is lovely It s also incredibly close to a ton of really nice shops and stores This is super cool I ve never lived in a place where a grocery store was within walking distance before And because everything is in walking distance it d be kind of a waste to just drive around all To Generate or Not to Generate What could be more liberating than providing your own electricity and not getting a bill each month With a small renewable energy system you can use alternative sources to create energy maybe even enough to power your entire home There are several options to choose from when considering a renewable energy system such as solar electric systems which can gather sun even from scattered areas Solar electric systems can also be used as outdoor lighting If this perks your interest read considerations for installing a small solar electric system for a helpful list of questions to ask when selecting a qualified contractor to install one in your home Another option is a wind electric system Wind electric systems can be one of the cleanest options and could provide as much as 90 of your electricity needs To get an idea of the work and cost involved check out our page on installing a small wind system for your home If you have water flowing through your property microhydropower can create enough electricity for a large home or a small resort and hybrid systems that combine more than one energy source can provide electricity with no interruption to your service As an added perk those who connect their renewable energy system to the grid may be able to sell extra electricity to the local utility company There are also several tax credits available for some systems so check out our Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency Web page to see which systems make sense for your home With so many options for creating your own electricity you can soon be off the grid no matter where you live Just be sure that you consult a professional before doing any work yourself Amanda McAlpin works for New West Technologies supporting the Vehicle Technologies Program This Month on Energy Savers Spring has sprung and this month we highlighted many seasonal topics We also covered some driving tips to help save money at the pump ideas for new parents and unveiled how you can connect with energy savings tips on the go Baseball enthusiasts learned which ballparks are most efficient and what efficiency measures the pros use that they can apply in their own homes We learned some energy saving landscaping tips and considerations for our spring planting endeavors Kristin gave us some simple ways to save energy during the busy month of March On the Blog In Case You Missed It This Month Your Computer Would Like

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  • ABI Fraud Defense Network
    the R value they paid for Common Bird or Rare Species Of course overblowing wouldn t be too much of a concern if it was rare But industry professionals believe that it is not Overblows of 25 are common in the industry with some jobs overblown as much as 50 says Larry Helminiak former president of the ICAA who continues the Insulation Contractors Association of America has been engaged in a 15 year crusade to put an end to this 2 Mountain or Mole Hill What does an overblow of 25 to 50 mean to a homeowner or builder According to the Energy Design Update The percentage by which fiberglass is overblown equates to the percentage loss in R value 3 Stop and think about that If a homeowner buys an R 38 blown fiberglass insulation job that is overblown by 25 they actually receive an R 29 If it s overblown by 50 they receive an R 19 Tough to Spot With most products it is easy for the consumer to know if they received what they paid for But not with fiberglass Most homeowners are unlikely to poke around up in their attic Even if they do they won t spot overblowing because the fiberglass is probably at or near the proper depth but not the proper density The only way to determine if insulation has been overblown is to take a sample of a known volume weigh it and calculate its density This is obviously inconvenient difficult and almost never done But after a decade and a half of pleading with the fiberglass manufacturers the ICAA decided it was time to document what was really happening in fiberglass insulated attics across America Sherlock Homes Frustrated by the fiberglass industry s stonewalling the Insulation Contractors Association of America organized an independent investigation of attic coverage charts MaGrann Associates a building energy conservation and engineering firm investigated and documented the installation of loose fill fiberglass insulation in comparison with the attic coverage chart information printed on loose fill insulation bag labels 4 The purpose of the study was to observe professional insulation crews installing various loose fill fiberglass insulation products and compare the field data to attic coverage chart information printed on the product label The survey was designed to include a geographically varied sample of residential loose fill fiberglass insulation installations in predominantly flat and open attics 5 The insulation crews knew they were being observed so there is little doubt that if there is a built in bias in the investigation it is in the favor of the contractors and the fiberglass insulation Still the results are shocking 79 Failure In 79 of the homes we evaluated the R value was not achieved 6 reported Douglas S McCleery PE the lead investigator for MaGrann Associates Mr McCleery explains fiberglass bag label information remains invalid and will more than likely not deliver bag label R value 8 Perhaps the most stunning finding of the investigation is that installing

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  • Marketing Oportunities
    Tips Insulation Comparison Energy Efficiency Physics of Radiant Barriers Weatherization Tips ABI Fraud Defense Network Marketing Oportunities Vehicle Trailer Wraps ABI Web Graphic Design WEB TV Production Membership Options About ABI Find or Post a Better Insulation Job Find or Post a Better Insulation Job Login Form Username Password Remember Me Log in Forgot your username Forgot your password Marketing Oportunities Email INFO NOT SCRAPED FROM OLD SITE User Menu

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