Monthly archive for September 2017

R-Value Part 2: The Science of Performance

Part Two: The Science of Performance   In the first part of this article, we learned that ICFs are a superior form of construction (click for part 1) through simplicity of construction, fewer materials, disaster resilience, and insulation performance. So let’s talk a bit more about actual R-value versus performance R-value. All types of building insulation have two levels of performance: material performance and in-use performance. It’s no different than “estimated” miles per gallon when you buy a car; real-world performance is always different. In the case of ICFs, the real world, in-use performance is actually higher than the R-value performance

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Natural Disasters, Construction, and the Importance of Predictability

An honest comparison of major construction materials and their ability to protect during natural disasters. A Growing Threat  In the wake of the dramatic destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey and Irma, it’s important to have a frank conversation about disaster resilience in home construction. No matter your opinion on climate change, it is proven that ice caps are melting and sea levels have risen. And while these events do not specifically cause hurricanes, they do in fact exacerbate the situation. The recent historic flooding in Houston is a glaring example of this. The dilemma of “more water” isn’t just going

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R-Value Part 1: What R You Doing?

What R You Doing? A four part series looking at insulation, R-value, and value. What is the value of good? No, this isn’t a Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance moment, but we all want to know how much is really worth it. So you’re building a new home or updating your existing home and you have the same questions we all do. When it comes to insulation, how much is enough? What are my options? And at what point, as the phrase goes, “are we putting lipstick on a pig?” There are a lot of companies out there to

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