PRODUCT FEATURE: R-Tech Insulated Tilt-Up Wall

A Truly Green, High-Performance & Economical Wall Insulation.

Insulfoam Tilt Up Wall

R-Tech insulated Tilt Up (IT)

R-Tech for Insulated Tilt-up (IT) applications is a high-performance, rigid insulation consisting of a superior closed-cell, lightweight and resilient expanded polystyrene (EPS) with advanced polymeric laminate facers.  R-Tech IT is available with factory laminated MR (metallic-reflective) facer on one exterior side, and a white protective facer on the other exterior side.

The R-Tech facers act as the slip sheet to minimize bonding between the foam, Facia Wythe and Structural Wythe wall.  The  core of R-Tech is the same high-quality as our InsulFoam brand insulations and meets or exceeds the requirements of ASTM C578, Standard Specification for Rigid, Cellular Polystyrene Thermal Insulation.  R-Tech has excellent dimensional stability, compressive strength and water-resistant properties.

USES

R-Tech insulated Tilt-up (IT) is designed for both commercial and residential tilt-up wall applications.

SIZES

R-Tech IT is available in 4′ x 8′ sheets with thicknesses ranging from 0.5″ to 4.5″.  R-Tech IT can also incorporate the InsulSnap feature which allows the end user to cleanly break the 4′ x 8′ sheets into a desired width.  Custom sizes are available upon request (lengths up to 16′).

Key Product Comparisons

Key Product Comparisons

ADVANTAGES

  • User Friendly.  R-Tech IT can be ordered with the InsulSnap feature which scores the product longitudinally at any pre-ordered interval (commonly 16″ or 24″ o.c.) to accommodate different locations for the tiles.  The InsulSnap feature minimizes labor by enabling the installer to cleanly break the product at the desired width while also minimizing product breakage and waste.
  • Jobsite Durability.  With a polymeric facer on either side of the R-Tech IT, it is an extremely flexible and durable insulation.
  • Water-Resistant.  R-Tech IT facers provide a surface that is virtually impervious to moisture.
  • Stable R-Value.  R-Tech has no thermal drift.  Designers are well served knowing the R-Tech IT thermal properties will remain stable over its entire service life.  R-Tech is eligible for an Insulfoam 20-Year Thermal Performance Warranty – a warranty that’s not prorated or limited to a percentage of the published R-Value.
  • Cost-Effective.  R-Tech is typically less expensive than other cavity wall insulations.
  • Environmentally Friendly.  R-Tech may contain up to 30% recycled material and the foam core is 100% recyclable.
R-Value Comparison

R-Value Comparisons

Product Feature Summary

Product Feature Summary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tilt Up WallCost-Effective

  • More R-Value per dollar than any other rigid insulation product
  • R-Value doesn’t degrade over time
  • Most cost-effective insulation – typically 25-40% less than other rigid insulations
  • Easy to install – reduces install labor costs by more than 50%
  • Code recognized insulation (ICC-ES, UL) at an economical price
  • Complimentary 20-year thermal performance warranty available

Engineered for Versatility

  • Available in 0.5″ – 4.5″ product thicknesses
  • The right product for any job.  Available in multiple densities, compressive strengths and panels sizes
  • Meet or exceed ASTM C578 requirements.

User-Friendly

  • Lightweight panels -easy to install
  • Highly durable, yet resilient
  • Simple to cut in the field with a saw or hot wire kit
  • Custom, job-specific sizes with no additional lead time

Environmentally Sustainable

  • 100% recyclable, may contain up to 20% recycled content
  • High long-term thermal performance (stable R-Value) conserves energy and operational costs
  • Contributes toward LEED energy efficiency points
  • Does not support old or mildew growth for improved indoor air quality (IAQ)
  • Naturally water resistant – does not readily absorb moisture from the environment
  • Regional manufacturing throughout North America reduces transportation costs to job sites, and environmental impact.

 

 

Project Profile: Arizona Deep Residential Retrofit

 Deep Residential Retrofit  |  Phoenix, Arizona  |  View Project Profile (pdf)

1951 abandoned house is transformed into an energy-efficient home.

Arizona

Using strategies including the R-Tech Wall System, the home was able to achieve a high Gold rating certified under the Phoenix Green Construction Code.

Before

Before Retrofit

This Arizona residential retrofit became the first project to be certified under the Phoenix Green Construction Code, receiving a Gold rating from the program. The deep retrofit project aimed to conserve water and energy, on an existing 1,000 square-foot, abandoned house originally built in 1951, and transformed it into a cutting-edge, energy-efficient home with 1,970 square feet, four bedrooms, and two bathrooms. Using strategies including Insulfoam’s R-Tech in the wall assembly the home was able to achieve a high Gold rating. The R-Tech insulation panels are large and can be assembled in the wall system continuously to reduce the amount of gaps in insulation for cold air to escape, or warm air to come in. Reducing gaps and increasing insulation was key to this home being able to reach its energy goals.

THE PROBLEM

During Construction

During Retrofit

The project started with a 1951 home that was stripped and abandoned for over 5 years when it was acquired. The project team’s goals were to turn this 50’s style home into a sustainable residence of strategies on a budget of $95 per square foot, all while in the Arizona heat. The project team took the 1,000 square foot ranch style home and completely renovated the existing living space top to bottom, while adding another 900 square feet of living space. Insulfoam R-Tech was chosen to reach its goals of large reductions in energy use and reduce landfill waste during the construction process.

The R-Tech insulation panels are large and can be assembled in the wall system continuously to reach the following goals:  air infiltration and moisture penetration are eliminated, thermal bridging and thermal shock is greatly reduced, surface cracking is minimized, and the EPS material does not sustain mold and mildew growth. These benefits lead to lowered operating costs to improved occupant comfort. 

THE SOLUTION: R-Tech Wall System

R-Tech has no thermal drift.  Designers are well served knowing the R-Tech thermal properties will remain stable over its entire service life.

R-Tech has no thermal drift. Designers are well served knowing the R-Tech thermal properties will remain stable over its entire service life.

Environmentally Friendly: R-Tech contains no dyes, may contain recycled material and the foam core is 100% recyclable.

User Friendly: R-Tech can be ordered with the InsulSnap feature which scores the product longitudinally at any pre-ordered interval (commonly 16” or 24” o.c.). The InsulSnap feature minimizes labor by enabling the installer to cleanly break the product at the desired width while also minimizing product breakage and waste.

Insect and Mold Resistant: R-Tech is manufactured with an inert additive that deters termites and carpenter ants. R-Tech does not sustain mold and mildew growth.

Water Resistance: R-Tech facers provide a surface that is virtually impervious to moisture.

Jobsite Durability: With a polymeric facer on either side of the R-Tech, it is an extremely flexible and durable insulation.

Stable R-Value: R-Tech has no thermal drift. Designers are well served knowing the R-Tech thermal properties will remain stable over its entire service life. R-Tech is eligible for an Insulfoam 20-Year Thermal Performance Warranty – a warranty that’s not prorated or limited to a percentage of the published R-Value.

Cost Effective: R-Tech is typically less expensive than other comparable insulation products.

Proven Performance: The same fundamental chemistry has been in use since the mid-1950’s, so the actual performance of the product is well known. 

Insulfoam EPS:
From foundation to roof and everything in between

High Performance.  Lower Cost.  Most R-Value Per Dollar.  Many architects and contractors are familiar with EPS insulation as a cost-effective option for roof applications; however, EPS’ benefits expand a wide range making it easier than ever for designers to create an energy efficient building project.  InsulFoam EPS rigid foam insulation has been used for decades by smart industry professionals looking to achieve high thermal properties for a cost-effective price.  In fact, EPS offers more cost savings and higher R-Values than any other rigid insulation.  The benefit of lightweight EPS goes far beyond price, since it also helps contractors significantly decrease material and labor expenses.  View all EPS project profiles:  Roofing, Below Grade, Walls, Geofoam, Premier SIPs.

  • Roof Insulation Systems
  • Below Grade & Under Slab Insulation
  • Wall Insulation
  • Geofoam – Transportation & Earthworks
  • SIPS: Structural Insulated Panels
  • Building Envelope Insulation Systems
  • Architectural & Specialty Shapes
  • O.E.M.: Garage Doors, RVs, Cold Storage & More
  • Commercial & Residential

View Project Profile (pdf)

Baltimore Area Bike Retailer Expands with R-Tech Insulation

Photos by Hal Sachs of project’s design firm, Ammon Heisler Sachs, PC and courtesy of Race Pace Bicycles

With five Baltimore area locations, 36-year old bike retailer Race Pace Bicycles isn’t slowing down.  The company’s Ellicott City store, will soon to be relocated to a nearby site at the junction of Centennial Lane and Route 40.  This location houses its retail operation that caters exclusively to women. Called Bella Bikes, the women’s store was the first of its kind in the U.S. when it opened in 2008.

Insulfoam R-Tech was used as the exterior wall insulation for the building’s metal wall panel system , 20 psi, 2″ x 4 x 8 Sheets.  The benefits of R-Tech as an exterior insulation are important:

  • R-Tech has a dense foam structure
  • Water-resistant film skinned surface
  • Integrated weep channeling
  • R-Tech offers a natural barrier against water in any form
  • Air infiltration and moisture penetration are eliminated
  • Thermal bridging and thermal shock is greatly reduced.
  • R-Tech combines versatility and durability for a complete long-term working system.

The Race Pace project has been a beauty and we would like to thank all that have been involved:

Photos by Hal Sachs of project's design firm, Ammon Heisler Sachs, PC and courtesy of Race Pace Bicycles

Photos by Hal Sachs of project’s design firm, Ammon Heisler Sachs, PC and courtesy of Race Pace Bicycles

Photos by Hal Sachs of project's design firm, Ammon Heisler Sachs, PC and courtesy of Race Pace Bicycles

Photos by Hal Sachs of project’s design firm, Ammon Heisler Sachs, PC and courtesy of Race Pace Bicycles

Photos by Hal Sachs of project's design firm, Ammon Heisler Sachs, PC and courtesy of Race Pace Bicycles

Photos by Hal Sachs of project’s design firm, Ammon Heisler Sachs, PC and courtesy of Race Pace Bicycles

Photos by Hal Sachs of project's design firm, Ammon Heisler Sachs, PC and courtesy of Race Pace Bicycles

Photos by Hal Sachs of project’s design firm, Ammon Heisler Sachs, PC and courtesy of Race Pace Bicycles

Photos by Hal Sachs of project's design firm, Ammon Heisler Sachs, PC and courtesy of Race Pace Bicycles

Photos by Hal Sachs of project’s design firm, Ammon Heisler Sachs, PC and courtesy of Race Pace Bicycles

Photos by Hal Sachs of project's design firm, Ammon Heisler Sachs, PC and courtesy of Race Pace Bicycles

Photos by Hal Sachs of project’s design firm, Ammon Heisler Sachs, PC and courtesy of Race Pace Bicycles

Photos by Hal Sachs of project's design firm, Ammon Heisler Sachs, PC and courtesy of Race Pace Bicycles

Photos by Hal Sachs of project’s design firm, Ammon Heisler Sachs, PC and courtesy of Race Pace Bicycles

More on Race Pace Bicycles:

Race Pace Website  |  Race Pace on Facebook  |  Race Pace on Twitter

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Thermal Loss Thwarted

Originally printed in Architectural Products Magazine, Features Special Report, Insulation, Nov 2013

By:  Alan Weis, Contributing Writer

INSULATION- APPLIED AND INSTALLED PROPERLY- CAN BE AN INTEGRAL MEASURE IN CREATING AN EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT ENVELOPE.

FULL article (pdf)

Architectural Products, Nov 2013

Architectural Products, Nov 2013

When it comes to insulation, R-value- the measure of thermal resistance – seemingly rules.  In other words, the higher the R-value the better the thermal resistance.  But there’s more to the story than that according to industry experts.  “An insulation product’s R-value is only a starting point for understanding how well it works, says James Hodgson, general manager for Premier SIPS.

In fact, Hodgson says it’s crucial to evaluate the whole-wall R-value of the assembly, since the insulation is only one part of creating a tight, well-insulated envelope.  For example, he claims DOE research shows that a 4.5-in. structural insulation panel (SIP) wall rated at R-14, out-performs a 2×6 stud wall with R-19 fiberglass insulation.  “It comes down to significantly less air leakage, thermal bridging and convective looping for a better performing assembly,” says Hodgson.

Insulation, unfortunately, is too often treated as an afterthought, as Hodgson says it ends up getting fit around the structural systems instead of being an integral part of them, making it difficult to seal leaks.  SIPs, he notes, address this by incorporating both in one assembly.

NOW VS. LATER

Longevity is another consideration when it comes to R-values.  “It’s common for building professionals to look at R-value per inch at the time of installation, “says Ram Mayilvahanan, product marketing manager with Insulfoam.  “Yet, it makes more sense to evaluate insulation’s long-term thermal performance and the return on investment.”

R-tech

Insulfoam EPS insulation not only offers a high initial R-value, it also doesn’t lose R-value with time.

His company manufactures HD composite roof insulation, which bonds expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam to a high-density polyiso cover board, a combination that has high thermal efficiency and provides significant field labor savings.  Plus, Mayilvahanan says it can be used to achieve UL Class A fire ratings on combustible roof decks without the use of gypsum or other cover boards.

“Many rigid foam insulations experience thermal drift, which is a loss of R-value over time as insulating gases within them dissipate and are replaced by air,” Mayilvahanan continues.  “Some materials lose up to 20% of their insulating capacity during their time in service.”  One the other hand, EPS insulation, he explains, not only offers a high initial R-value, it also doesn’t lose R-value with time.  And, it can be used in wall, roof, below-grade and under-slab applications.

Continue to read FULL article (pdf) where further insulation consideration and types are described by industry experts.

“The push toward comprehensive green design has raised awareness that many building systems must work together for optimum performance,” says Mayilvahanan.  “It’s not just insulating the structure appropriately, but also right-sizing the HVAC systems and educating owners and occupants on how to operate the building for high energy efficiency.”

 

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Insulation Solutions at Greenbuild

Greenbuild 2012 We are in full swing with final preparations for Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco Nov 14-16, the largest international conference and expo dedicated to green building.  With 35,000 participants expected this will be one of the largest Greenbuild shows ever.  Exciting!

1,000+ exhibitors, how do you decide what booth to go to, who to talk to?  Ok, we aren’t Kohler who seems to have one of the BEST booths possible every year (and the one booth I always make sure to sneak away and visit), but  we do have plenty of good information to help you with your next insulation project and meet your energy efficiency goals.  Insulfoam (booth #3169N) provides insulation solutions from roof to foundation and everything in between.

High Performance.  Lower Cost.  Most R-Value Per Dollar.

With a broad range of insulation products available, it’s easier than ever for designers to create an energy efficient building project.  InsulFoam EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) rigid foam insulation has been used for decades by smart industry professionals looking to achieve high thermal properties for a cost-effective price.  In fact, EPS offers more cost savings and higher R-Values than any other rigid insulation.  The benefit of lightweight EPS goes far beyond price, since it also helps contractors significantly decrease material and labor expenses.  EPS is also one of the most versatile engineered insulations, making it a designer’s dream product.  You tell us what you need and we make it fit within your design.  Not limited by stock sizes InsulFoam blocks can be molded, cut, shaped, tapered into virtually any design need, regularly solving challenges for contractors on the jobsite.

InsulFoam EPS is the only rigid insulation that does not experience “thermal drift” (loss of R-Value over time).  In fact, the R-Value is backed with a 20-year non-prorated thermal performance warranty.  ISO and XPS rigid insulations don’t come close in warranty, so you can be confident that Insulfoam’s EPS products are the best rigid insulation option for your project.

The following Insulfoam product lines will be highlighted in our Greenbuild booth with specialists to talk you through technical attributes  applications, projects and more.  And not to mention we got some pretty great and easy to talk to guys!  As you gear up for planning mode this coming week, put Insulfoam’s booth #3169N on your route.

Premier SIPs by Insulfoam

FRAMING SYSTEMS:  Premier SIPs by Insulfoam:  Structural Insulated Panels are an extremely strong building panel that need no additional frame of skeleton for support.  Premier’s large, pre-fabricated SIPs make the framing process faster than other building methods and enable a more airtight, well-insulated building for high energy efficiency.

Insulfoam Below Grade Insulation

BELOW GRADE INSULATION:  Insulfoam’s Below Grade Insulation products are designed to insulate the foundation wall or slab and protect the waterproofing or damp proofing, especially during backfilling for both commercial and residential below-grade applications.  Compressive strength, moisture protection and thermal stability.

ROOF INSULATION SOLUTIONS:  Insulfoam’s roofing insulation applications are green, high-performing and economical products that help reduce overall energy consumption, create improved comfort for the building’s occupants and provide an excellent substrate for a new or retrofit roofing system.

Insulfoam Roof Insulation Solutions

INSULFOAM GEOFOAM:  InsulFoam GF provides structural and architectural void fill  applications that are lighter, easier to handle and faster than soil.  Hardscapes, landscapes, soil remediation and load reduction.

Insulfoam Geofoam

For real time updates before, during and after the expo follow us on Twitter:  @PremierSips @Insulfoam @InsulFoamGF.  Be sure to also check out Greenbuild’s official twitter feed, @Greenbuild and conversation at #Greenbuild.

For more event information:  Greenbuild Schedule  |  Greenbuild Expo Tools & Map

Reduce insulation material & labor costs from ground to roof

Construction Specifier, September 2012

The Construction Specifier, September 2012

Despite the advent of high-efficiency window, lighting, and HVAC systems, insulation remains one of the most critical building components for reducing energy use.  While building professionals often have a preferred insulation type based on past experience, re-examining material choices can open up new alternatives that might provide even greater benefits- from lowered operating costs to improved occupant comfort.

Read more about reducing insulation material and labor costs from ground to roof in September’s issue of The Construction Specifier:  Specifying Rigid EPS Foam

 

Arizona’s first Gold Certified Green Construction Code looks to R-Tech insulation to meet energy goals.

Arizona’s first project to be certified under the Phoenix Green Construction Code is proudly on display! In a climate where air conditioning is virtually a year round energy consumer and water isn’t exactly close, Phoenix officials designed new construction codes to focus on conserving energy and resources in ways that will best acclimate with the Arizona desert climate. (Get more information on Phoenix’s Green Construction Codes)

The deep retrofit project aimed to conserve water and energy, on an existing 1,000 square-foot, abandoned house originally built in 1951, and transformed it into a cutting-edge, energy-efficient home with 1,970 square feet, four bedrooms, and two bathrooms. Using strategies including Insulfoam’s R-Tech in the wall assembly the home was able to achieve a high Gold rating. The R-Tech insulation panels are large and can be assembled in the wall system continuously to reduce the amount of gaps in insulation for cold air to escape (or warm air to come it). Reducing gaps and increasing insulation was key to this home being able to reach its energy goals! Check out the full details at Jetson Green‘s project profile.

University of Alaska at Fairbanks…. wrapped in R-Tech!

University of Alaska at Fairbanks Wrapped in R-Tech!

Newest building on the University of Alaska at Fairbanks campus is looking good, interior finishes are being made! Look at all the R-tech on the building- beautiful!