Insulation: From Spec Through Inspection, Steps to a Versatile High Performance Solution


3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Las Vegas Convention Center, North 262

Format: Building Knowledge Session
Level of Content: Intermediate
Track: Building Techniques, Systems & Materials
Continuing Education: NAHB - 1.00 CE hour(s), NKBA - 0.1 CEU(s), AIA - 1.00 LU hour(s)
Appropriate for: Multifamily Builders & Developers, Designers, Architects, Engineers & Planners, Single Family - All

Justin Koscher, American Chemistry Council: Spray Foam Coalition, Washington, DC

Richard S. Duncan, Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance, Fairfax, VA
C.R. Herro, Meritage Homes, Scottsdale, AZ
Martins Pecholcs, Bayer MaterialScience LLC, Cottonwood Heights, UT

What It’s About:
Air infiltration accounts for considerable energy loss in new homes, making it the one of the biggest monetary wastes a homeowner will face each year. This session will define the components and recommended construction of an air barrier assembly using spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation as well as other insulation types. Experts will discuss the multiple functions different insulation types can fulfill within the envelope, including meeting the ASTM requirement of an air barrier as an insulation system. Uncover what insulation type works best in each climate zone as well as how air barrier systems meet current national green building requirements under various programs.

What You'll Learn:
Explore strategies to properly construct an air barrier assembly using spray polyurethane foam insulation in order to achieve greater air tightness.
Analyze techniques to properly install SPF in order to meet various energy efficiency requirements.
Examine why coordinating the activities of the architect, builder, HVAC contractor and SPF contractor are important to limit the number of problems in the field.
Evaluate where and how to use insulation to optimize home or building performance.