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 15% 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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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.