Home Insulation: Your House is a System

Everything is connected. The relationship between all the systems in the house is the key to its overall performance. Your health, safety and comfort. Your home’s energy efficiency and durability

These systems include heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment and the building envelope or outer shell—the foundations, walls, roof and all their component parts like windows and doors.

Christopher Alphen (owner) has taken The Building Performance Institute “Building Analyst” training to better understand the relationship between Insulation and the interior as well as exterior paint durability.

What we have learned is the moisture in an average home is transported via drafts and deposited on the inside of the walls. These walls are now moist and the wood is absorbing the moisture to the outside of the siding causing the paint to lift off the wood. (Peel) One diagnostic tool we use to measure air tightness and to help locate air leaks is the blower door. This tool can determine pressure differences in a building and tests for stack effect, wind pressure and duct leakage and to measure the effects of chimneys and exhaust fans.

There is a simple solution for this issue. Simply fill the walls tightly with “Cellulose” Insulation to stop the drafts and keep the moisture from passing to the siding.

How flammable is your insulation? Watch the NFPA Fire Test below to rate your choice.

You will see the three most common types of insulation. The first is cellulose with borate—the type Dolphin uses. When exposed to flame, it chars, then burns out.

The second type is common fiberglas® with paper backing; when it catches fire, it burns. The third type—spray foam—is the most common type of insulation; the video shows that it burns brightly.

Now which type of insulation would you specify?

This needs to be first in sequence.

Both NStar and National Grid will Rebate you 75% up to $2,000 for this work to be done.

Must be expected to last 5 years OR have a 2 year warranty.