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Guide to Insulation Products and Practices Released

BuildingGreen’s new guide provides detailed environmental and performance data on all the major types of insulation available today, including recommendations by application. 

BuildingGreen has released The BuildingGreen Guide to Insulation Products and Practices, a special report providing detailed guidance for building professionals on how to make the right insulation choices for specific applications.

Based on a survey conducted by BuildingGreen in tandem with the report, there appear to be knowledge gaps even among well informed readers when it comes to material properties of insulation products-as well as building science dynamics relating to insulation, moisture, and air barriers.

The Guide emphasizes that there are no universal right or wrong answers for every project; Instead, it offers guidance to support appropriate material choices—as well as best practices—depending on the project and budget. The range of appropriate choices is summarized in two unique charts, organized by type of material and specific building application, and even includes cost estimates. 

Six continuing education credits are available to BuildingGreen subscribers for reading the report, which includes key overviews on the basic principles—how insulation works, health and environmental considerations, performance issues—before launching into an item-by-item review of key insulation products, including:
Fiberglass, cellulose, cotton, and other fiber-based materials
Polyisocyanurate, polystyrene, mineral wool, and other boardstock materials
Closed-cell and open-cell spray polyurethane, cementitious foam, and other spray-in-place products
Radiant barriers, gas-filled panels, vacuum insulation, and other products
The report concludes with eight pages of quick-reference tables providing summaries of performance and cost data by insulation type, and a guide to choosing insulation by application—from framed walls to below-grade locations.

The 81-page report is available through BuildingGreen and costs $129, discounted to $99 for BuildingGreen members. Site licenses to the report are available for $297. It is available for download at BuildingGreen.com/landing/insulation. 

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