2014 and Beyond: Sustainable Outdoor Design Trends that Can Truly Make a Difference

Loose-Fill Insulations

Character and Types of Loose-Fill Insulation The most obvious difference between loose fills and other types of insulation is their form. They are either produced as—or broken down into—shreds, granules, or nodules. These small particles form fluffy materials that...
2014 and Beyond: Sustainable Outdoor Design Trends that Can Truly Make a Difference

Vapor Diffusion Retarders and Air Barriers

The Thermal-Moisture Dynamic Water vapor moves in and out of a building basically in three ways: with air currents, by diffusion through materials, and by heat transfer. Of these three, air movement is the dominant force because, like most fluids, air naturally moves...
2014 and Beyond: Sustainable Outdoor Design Trends that Can Truly Make a Difference

Insulating Old Homes: Blow-In Insulation Options

                Fiberglass, cellulose, and foam are the most common types of blown- and sprayed-in insulation materials. And it is worth it. Retrofitting insulation into existing walls and attic space can achieve a 20 to 30 percent savings on heating bills. Determined...