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.
We love this stuff – it’s amazingly easy to work with, and has countless applications for improving energy efficiency around the house. Attics, crawl spaces, walls, water tanks, even garage doors can get a big efficiency boost from a single layer of Reflectix insulation.
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.
Laying a new wood, laminate, or tile floor? Consider cork underlayment instead of foam. The same properties that make cork flooring such a great choice for your home also make it a terrific option as an underlayment.
Windows are literally huge holes in the side of your house – so ensuring they’re well sealed and insulted is essential for an energy-efficient home. Serious Windows are aptly named, combining glass/film panes and fiberglass frame construction to create some of the most efficient windows around.
The “Passive House” movement grew out of experimental super-efficient building techniques that emerged in Europe in the 1970s. And according to a recent article published by the Alliance to Save Energy, North America has quietly been joining the trend in recent years.
Rigid board insulation has some big advantages over loose fill insulation for builders. And unlike most rigid insulations, which are produced from petroleum byproducts, Greensulate uses a unique process to produce an earth-friendly, VOC-free thermal barrier.
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.