Soy Based Foam Insulation: What It Is, and Why You Should Use It. There’s no doubt that green building is taking off in a big way (and hooray to that!).
It’s getting easier, and cheaper, to build homes that are not only safe for the environment, but also safe for us. When it comes to your home’s insulation, you’ve got some great choices to pick from. There’s regular spray foam insulation, cotton-based insulation (like those made from recycled jeans), and soy based insulation. All have their perks and drawbacks, and I’m focusing today’s article on soy based insulation.
Important Addition: After this article originally posted on 2/23, I was contacted by James Morshead, a spray foam installer with SDI Insulation, Inc. out in California who pointed out some factual errors within the text. Now, let’s jump into the fascinating world of insulation. What Is Soy Based Insulation? Sorry if I’m stating the obvious here, but soy based insulation is insulation that uses soy as an ingredient. Health What’s it made of? Side A: Polymeric Diphenylmethane Diiosocyanate 100% Aerogel. High-quality particulate silica aerogel enables best-in-class solutions for energy-efficient buildings and industrial infrastructure, safe-to-touch surfaces, personal care products and more.
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We are the only company to develop a commercialized process that allows continuous production of aerogel under ambient conditions. Best in thermal insulation. Certifications & Declarations. About us. Natural Insulation Products. Natural Insulation Products. Insulation - Lowimpact.orgLow impact living info, training, products & services. What is it?
It is any material that slows down the rate at which heat is lost through the fabric of your building (although it can also mean sound or fire insulation, or keeping heat out, this factsheet is about keeping heat in). Air is actually the insulator, and the material is a way of trapping air. For example, you may sleep under a duvet containing eider (duck) feathers. The feathers trap air, which retains your body heat and keeps you warm (the feathers do exactly the same job on the duck too). Insulation can be in your loft; on interior walls, exterior walls or in the cavity between walls; under floors; or around pipes and hot water cylinders. Installing internal wall insulation.
Houses had solid walls until the 1920s, when they started to be built with two walls with a cavity in between. K-values, R-values and U-values The insulation properties of a material can be expressed by its k-value. What are the benefits? What can I do? Thanks to Emma Winfield for information. Aerogel Insulation. Die Dämmstoff-Parade! Wir stellen vor… Willkommen bei der Parade!
Heut machen die verschiedensten Dämmstoffe ihre Aufwartung. Dämmplatten, Wolle, Verbunddämmstoffe, eingeblasene, geschüttet, gestopfte – eine bunte Mischung! Jeder Dämmstoff hat andere Stärken und Schwächen, manche eignen sich besser für Türen & Fenster, andere für erdberührte Zonen. Im heutigen Blog sind viele Dämmstoffe an der Reihe. Und am Ende gibt’s dann unsere Kompaktwissen Infotabelle, die euch auch einiges zu den Einsatzorten aufzeigt.
So, da marschieren sie auch schon auf! Schaumglas – Schaumkrone kennen wir, aber was ist Schaumglas? Schaumglas ist Glas das mit Treibmitteln und hoher Temperatur aufgeschäumt wird. Schaumglas hat eine Dämmwirkung von λ = 0,038 W/mK (was das heißt erklären wir in unserem letzten Blog – schau rein!) Perlit – Keine Angst das kauft man nicht beim Juwelier Perlit ist ein Vulkanisches Gestein und wird auch gerne als Naturglas bezeichnet. λ ≈ 0.050 W/mK Die Produktion ist gleich wie beim Blähton sehr energieaufwendig. Links. Products - Amorim Isolamentos. The Best Insulation Types for Your Home. Installing insulation is one of the most environmentally friendly things a homeowner can do.
About 65 percent of U.S. houses are poorly insulated, a 2005 Harvard study estimates. Fortunately, you can cut heating and cooling bills by about 30 percent with proper insulation. These days, insulation is made with everything from newspaper and sheep's wool to cotton and chemical foams. Many are far more "green" than their predecessors-including formaldehyde-free and recycled-content insulation.
Even fiberglass, that old standard, has improved environmentally. Top 5 Green Insulation Options. Is there anything soybeans can't do?
You can find them in milk, candy, disinfectants, insecticides, cooking oils, margarine and now, home insulation. Chicago homeowners Jason and Jennifer LaFleur learned all about insulation when they began renovating their kitchen. They found that they didn't need to buy conventional fiberglass insulation. Instead, they sprayed soybean foam insulation into their walls [source: Pandolfi].
The LaFleurs discovered what other homeowners are now learning -- that the color of home insulation isn't just pink. Reducing energy costs is one of the most important factors in selecting insulation.