Insulation, Sound Control & Energy Efficient Home Building Links
Home Energy Saver - Developed by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, this site is designed to help you find the best ways to save energy in your home. Enter you ZIP code, fill out a series of forms, and the program will calculate your estimated annual energy bill. Unfortunately, after filling out all of the information about our home, I was presented with an error message. Don't let that stop you though, I have never been very good at taking standardized tests. Make sure your browser is set to receive cookies and try this program out for yourself. The Making It Happen Module contains links to energy saving tips, products, financing, case studies, and free advice.
ENERGY STAR ® - is a voluntary partnership among the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, product manufacturers, local utilities, and retailers. You can get information about energy efficient appliances, office equipment, heating and cooling equipment, home electronics, houses, windows, light fixtures, roof products, insulation and more.
Building Energy Codes - from the U.S. Department of Energy, this site provides information about residential and commercial national energy codes and standards. Check to see if your state requires compliance with the Model Energy Code and download free software (REScheck) to determine whether your new home or addition meets the requirements of the MEC.
El Paso Solar Energy Association - EPSEA - A comprehensive solar energy and energy efficiency site with information about adobe homes, thermal mass, passive solar design, building orientation, straw bale construction, solar pool heating, solar cooking and food drying, and photovoltaics.
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network (EREN) - part of the U.S. Department of Energy, this site contains articles about getting an energy audit for your home, insulating and weatherizing a house, heating and cooling your home, using solar energy in your home, building an addition to your house, and other energy saving information.
Home Improvement Toolbox - according to this Energy Star Web site, "the average [U.S.] household spends $1,400 annually on utility bills." This site, described as offering "an array of interactive tools to helps consumers make energy-saving, cost-effective upgrades to their homes, enhancing their homes' value and comfort, while also protecting the environment," claims to be able to help you save up to 30 percent on your yearly energy costs.
Blow-In-Blanket Contractors Association - BIBCA - This trade group represents contractors who install the Blow-In-Blanket System® (BIBS) developed by Ark-Seal. Fiberglass insulation, mixed with a special binder is blown into wall, ceiling, and/or floor cavities behind netting applied to the face of the members. It is considerably more expensive than standard batt insulation, but does a very good job of filling voids and gaps and supposedly provides the "highest effective R-values attainable today."
CertainTeed Corporation - a building products company that manufactures fencing, roofing, siding, windows, ventilation and foundation products in addition to fiberglass insulation.
GreenStone - a Louisiana-Pacific company, which manufactures cellulose insulation for the residential, multi-family, light commercial and agricultural construction markets. Their major products are Cocoon, which is sold through insulation contractors, and NatureGuard, which is sold through retail stores. Their cellulose insulation products are made from 100% recycled paper products and treated with boron-based chemicals to make them fire retardant.
Johns Manville - manufactures fiberglass insulation for wood framing, formaldehyde-free unfaced batts for steel framing, foam insulation board, vapor retarders, acoustical products, and other building materials. Besides product information sheets, their Web site contains a handy R-Value calculator that provides recommended thermal resistance values for various residential applications based upon your ZIP code.
Knauf Fiber Glass - manufactures "thermal and acoustical fiber glass insulations for residential, commercial, industrial, marine, original equipment manufacturer and metal building applications."
Owens Corning - doesn't just sell the pink stuff anymore. Besides fiberglass insulation, they also manufacture roofing, siding, windows, ventilation products, rigid foam insulation, housewrap, acoustic systems and more.
Insulation Trade Groups & Associations