Any of These Four Wall and Attic Insulation Systems Qualify for The EnergyWise Guarantee Program.
In order to achieve ultra energy efficiency, it is necessary to use some form of foam insulation for your walls and attic roof. Once applied correctly and in accordance with EnergyWise best practices, we will guarantee the substantial energy savings of your home or commercial building for a two year period.
Spray Foam with Conventional Stick-Framing or Steel Frame Construction:
Using stick or steel framing with a spray foam insulation application, property owners will achieve very favorable results. The spray foam insulation process can be applied using “open cell” (0.5 pound) or “closed cell” (2.0 pound) formulations or a combination of both. Both products are a two-part spray-on polyurethane system. These products are applied by spraying the backside of the exterior walls before the gypsum board goes up, but after all the plumbing, electrical wiring, etc. It goes on as a heated liquid and then quickly expands, completely filling every open space, around every pipe, electrical outlet or light switch, and windows. The spray foam cures within seconds providing temperature, sound and condensation control in one fast application. It simultaneously insulates and creates an air and sound barrier. When good air-infiltration techniques are added, the result is a virtually air-tight structure and you can begin to realize the benefits of “Ultra Energy-Efficient” construction.
Structural Insulated Panels (SIP’s):
These panels are large, strong and highly insulated sandwich panels used to form the floors, walls and roofs of buildings. Available in sizes up to eight-foot by twenty-four-foot panels, SIPs can quickly be assembled into whole structures using common carpentry tools and basic construction skills. SIPs are made with structural skins of Oriented Strand Board (OSB), an engineered composite lumber product manufactured from small trees, and insulated cores made of expanded polystyrene (EPS) or polyurethane foam insulation.
High Performance Green Building System (HPGBS):
The High Performance Green Building System’s wall and roof panels are comprised of a light-gauge steel skeleton and ultra-efficient expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation. HPGBS is the second generation of early SIPs (Structurally Insulated Panels) commonly referred to as SIPs 2.0. Unlike early SIPs, which consisted of EPS insulation sandwiched between sheets of plywood, HPGBS utilizes galvanized steel for structural support. EPS, which resists moisture penetration, has a high strength-to-weight ratio and doesn’t support bacterial growth (i.e. mold). Be it for curtain, demising or load-bearing walls, HPGBS panels are ideal for ground-up construction and building addition applications for commercial, residential or industrial structures. The panels are fully engineered and pre-assembled (in sections up to 40 feet) with factory-cut and framed window & door openings and pre-routed horizontal & vertical electrical & plumbing chases. Furthermore, they can be used with any type of interior or exterior finish.
Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF’s):
These are EPS foam blocks with rebar-reinforced cores that are filled with concrete. This wall system, when installed properly, is unquestionably the most energy efficient and most structurally strong wall system on the market. It provides the best performance relative to air infiltration, and it has excellent acoustic properties. Keep in mind that using ICFs as a wall insulation system will still require the use of a good quality spray foam insulation for the attic roof to complete the tight thermal envelope.