Durisol insulated concrete forms are a versatile and eco-friendly building material. The forms are made from recycled scrap wood fiber bonded together with Portland cement, and contain integrated rockwool (mineral fiber) insulation.
With winter temperatures chilling much of the country, many homeowners want to be sure their houses are sealed and insulated from the cold. But not all so-called green insulation is created the same – and while the idea of adding insulation to save energy is solid, some insulating materials are surprising unfriendly to the environment.
Cork is an incredibly green building material, and cork flooring products like VinaCork are one terrific application. But expanded cork is another ultra-efficient material for thermal and acoustic insulation, and Portuguese company Amorim Isolamentos is now introducing Expanded Insulation Cork Board to the American market.
Cork is a great insulator, providing both a thermal barrier and excellent noise reduction. It’s also naturally resistant to fire and insect damage. These properties make it a great choice for flooring, but why stop there? This sustainable building material can also offer outstanding insulation within wall structures as well.
Luxury vinyl tile flooring is attractive, affordable, and extremely durable. But what if it could provide the cushion and insulation of eco-friendly cork flooring as well, and it required far less surface preparation for a quicker installation? That’s the idea behind Vinacork, an ingenious hybrid flooring system from US Floors.
It’s no secret that an energy efficient home needs to be well insulated and sealed, but targeting drafty gaps in your home’s thermal barrier can be tricky. Well, technology to the rescue: Black & Decker’s TLD100 Thermal Leak Detector is an easy-to-use tool for finding weak spots in a home’s insulation.