Building Science in Action

presented by

Owens Corning

Building science gives home builders the tools to achieve higher efficiencies, meet changing codes and understand performance variations in different climate zones.

The fact is, you cannot replace fiberglass insulation with spray polyurethane foam (SPF) and still have good performance. View this short video to find out why.

Visit the Insulate with Integrity website and view the brochure below to learn more.

Air sealing is now an important part of achieving energy efficiency, and choosing the right insulation is key to achieving air tightness and performance. To reduce air infiltration and achieve an energy-efficient building, the gaps in the building’s thermal enclosure must be sealed properly.

Achilles Karagiozis discusses the need to correctly integrate systems in a cost effective way when developing a high performance home.

Since unvented attics started appearing and getting into the code, building science thinking has changed so much. See how code challenges were overcome to allow proper use of vapor retarders across the country.

We’re all in this together. Building science can help builders achieve goals, and in turn, builders can help building science teams learn from their experiences helping builders. These partnerships help build better homes.

Regardless of conditioned or unconditioned attics, managing the energy flow used to heat and cool a home is largely based on how the home is – or is not – insulated. In climates that typically have conditioned attics, options have been historically limited with many professionals defaulting to spray polyurethane foam (SPF) solution. However, a recent case study from KB Home illustrates how the company partnered with Owens Corning to successfully identify a fiberglass solution that maximized performance, energy Energy Efficiency and safety. Ultimately, the fiberglass applications delivered high-performance conditioned attics and increased the comfort, durability and energy Energy Efficiency of the homes.

Achilles Karagiozis, Owens Corning and William Miller, Oak Ridge National Lab present ‘Conditioned Attics, Building Strategies and Solutions’.

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