Properties and Environmental Benefits of Cellular Glass

Q: What are the insulating properties, environmental and health benefits of cellular glass? Cellular glass is an insulation made from natural materials that contains between 40-70% recycled content. The content is commonly obtained from defective windows from car and construction industries. Cellular glass was originally developed during the last century in Moscow, Russia. Production of Cellular Glass Recycled glass is ground and placed in a steel mold. The material undergoes a heating process where it expands to create millions of {Read More}

Pros and Cons of Fiberglass Insulation

Q: What are pros and cons of fiberglass insulation? Insulation saves energy. Adding insulation above the lowest requirements set by codes for the health and comfort of the occupants can help protect the environment, increase energy efficiency of your home and reduce carbon emissions. The thermal resistance of insulation is designated by R-value. The higher the R-value, the superior the insulating property. Fiberglass is probably the most widespread type of insulation known today. By composition it is a fiber-reinforced polymer. {Read More}

Cork Flooring Pros and Cons

Cork is increasingly being embraced as an eco-friendly flooring choice for the kitchen and bathroom. If you are considering cork flooring for your home, you are likely to weigh pros and cons of your decision, particularly when cost, durability and environmental sustainability are at stake. The lifestyle priorities are rapidly changing and the indestructible vinyl is, thankfully, not in any more. Fresh information has become available and now the arguments in favor or sustainable lifestyle have climbed up in the {Read More}

What are R-Values of Polystyrene and Spray Foams?

Q: What are R-values of polystyrene and spray foams? R values of polystyrene usually range from 2.3 to 5.0 per inch and are based on its density. Loose-fill polystyrene (tiny pieces of foam or fiber) has a lower R-value, usually 2.3 per inch.  Foam board polystyrene (strong, firm insulation panels) has a higher R-value. Expanded polystyrene (EPS), for example, has an R-value of 4.0, while extruded polystyrene (XPS) has an R-value of 5.0. R-values per inch of spray foams are {Read More}

Save Money and Energy During Winter

An energy efficient home is vital to safe and comfortable living. The key to saving money and energy during winter is to prepare for winter before it arrives. The good news is that you don’t need to sacrifice the quality of your life in order to advance your home’s energy efficiency. Here are easy and inexpensive energy saving tips to help you save energy and money during the winter months and maintain your home’s much needed integrity. Insulate your home. {Read More}