Multi-Family New Construction
State and local building codes typically include minimum insulation requirements, but your energy-efficient home will likely exceed those mandates. To optimize energy efficiency, you should also consider the interaction between the insulation and other building components.
Adding insulation during construction is more cost-effective than retrofitting it after the house is finished. If you are unsure of the most effective insulation for your space, talk with one of our professional insulation salesmen today!
Installing proper insulation in separating walls, floors, and ceilings, of multi-family homes, drastically decreases the noise shared between spaces. This means quiet homes, cost-effective energy bills, and happier tenants.
When retrofitting your home, certain areas are high-priority insulation zones.
Attic: The attic is a major culprit for heat loss in your home. In winter, warm air rises and can escape through your attic, while in summer, heat from the sun can turn your attic into an oven, radiating heat into your living space. Insulating your attic is a key step toward maintaining a comfortable home temperature year-round.
Walls: Did you know that up to 35% of heat loss in your home occurs through the walls? Insulating your walls effectively traps heat inside in the winter and repels heat in the summer, making your home more energy-efficient and comfortable.
Floors: Ever walked across a cold floor in the middle of winter? Not fun. While they’re not as crucial as attics or walls, insulating floors, especially those above unheated spaces like garages or basements, can help enhance your home’s overall comfort. Spraying your floor joists with closed-cell foam can also improve those pesky squeaks as you walk across your floor.
Basement or crawl space: These areas are often neglected, but insulating them comes with many benefits. Depending on your area, different codes may apply to the basement walls and crawl spaces. Insulating your basement or crawl space walls will reduce drafts and help maintain consistent temperature in your home. Adding a vapor barrier in your crawl space will also help prevent moisture buildup.
Batt / Basic
Annual Savings from Proper Insulation: $0 (based on 1500 ft² rambler with $250/mo utilities)
Batting is a fiberglass blanket that comes in various densities, widths, and lengths and is cut to fit the space in the framing of walls and ceilings. It is typically used in entry-level homes and at less-than-optimal levels.
Blown Fiberglass / Better
Annual Savings from Proper Insulation: $600 (20% savings) (based on 1500 ft² rambler with $250/mo utilities)
Blown-in insulation, using either cellulose or fiberglass, is applied to frame cavities using compressed air. This application allows the insulation to completely fill in all nooks and crannies whereas batt insulation may allow energy loss.
Closed-Cell Spray Foam / Best
Annual Savings from Proper Insulation: $1,200 (40% savings) (based on 1500 ft² rambler with $250/mo utilities)
SPF, Closed-Cell Foam is the most advanced insulation material. The high-density foam is sprayed onto surfaces and hardens immediately to form a seamless bond with building components and completely seals the building envelope to create a structurally sound, uniform, air-infiltration barrier that also blocks moisture (no mold or rot), bugs, rodents, dirt, allergens, and noise. Foam is most commonly used in conjunction with batt and/or blown-in insulation to provide an optimal solution that can save homeowners up to 40% on their energy bills, ensuring a quick return on the investment and $1,000s in savings.
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