Spray foam insulation a key piece to the latest net-zero designs [VIDEO]
The National Association of Home Builders is pushing the industry toward net-zero designs, promising a future where homes are able to generate at least as much electricity as they consume. One efficiency solution that has been featured extensively in the Association's state-of-the-art model homes is spray foam insulation due to its ability to provide thermal insulation as well as air sealing.
The N-A-H-B's latest New American Home project takes advantage of spray foam insulation's R-value* and cost-effectiveness in lowering heating and cooling costs. The Association also plans to make its design available for mass production, which may lead to a surge of spray foam insulated homes in the near future.
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* R means resistance to heat flow. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power. Compare insulation R-values before you buy. There are other factors to consider. The amount of insulation you need depends mainly on the climate you live in. Also, your fuel savings from insulation will depend upon the climate, the type and size of your house, the amount of insulation already in your house, and your fuel use patterns and family size. If you buy too much insulation, it will cost you more than what you'll save on fuel. To get the marked R-value, it is essential that this insulation be installed properly.