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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Jason Myers, Insulfoam Territory Sales Manager

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Roof Assembly Insulation: The Case for EPS

Originally printed in Architectural Products Magazine, On Spec, Insulation, Nov 2013

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Architectural Products, Nov 2013

Architectural Products, Nov 2013

Design professionals typically want to use as much insulation as possible, not only to comply with building codes, but also to build to the highest standards.  Building owners want enough insulation to keep heating and cooling costs down, without having to ‘pay through the roof’ in upfront costs.  Performance vs. cost:  where is the middle ground that makes sense for both parties?

To answer that question, it is important to look at how insulation is designed.  For many years, the use of rigid foam insulation was based not the R-value per inch – the higher the better.  Today, well-informed design professionals are cognizant of the design optimum and the realization that insulation suffers from the law of diminishing returns.  Any insulation installed beyond the design optimum provides little additional energy savings, but costs a lot of money.  Efficient insulation design comes down to choosing the product that balances upfront costs with the energy savings offered over the life of the building.

So, which insulation gives the best ‘bang for the buck?’  To understand performance vs. expenditure across different rigid insulations, it is important to consider the R-value per dollar spent on both materials and labor.

Because material and labor costs for insulation vary by market, specific R-value per dollar figures often shift, but EPS consistently rates highest when compared to other rigid foam insulations.  Also, EPS comes in much higher thicknesses (up to 40 in.) in a single-layer than does XPS or polyisocyanurate, so higher R-values can be achieved with fewer layers, lowering on-job labor time and cost.  Plus, EPS does not suffer any loss in R-value over the life of the building, so the design R-value for EPS is the long-term R-value.

With that in mind, here are some increasingly popular applications in which design professionals use EPS to comply with building codes while reducing material and labor costs for roof insulation.  Read full article (pdf) to learn more about:

  • Roof recovers requiring a separator board
  • Metal roof recovers
  • Bilt-up sloped roofs
  • High-traffic areas
  • Comparison of common rigid foam insulations

“In the end, the right insulation product is the one that offers the optimum balance of performance and economy.  Such a product satisfies both the design professional and the building owner, leading to a building that is code compliant, built to high performance standards and economical enough to deliver lifetime energy savings that justify the upfront costs.”

Rigid Foam Insulations for High-Performance Building Envelopes

Originally posted in Construction Canada, July 2013

Keeping the Outside Out and the Inside In:  A look at rigid foam insulations for high-performance building envelopes

By Ram Mayilvahanan, Insulfoam Product Marketing Manager

ConstructionCanada_coverIf the concept of building science could be distilled to one essential sentence, it would be the now-famous aphorism of Joseph Lstiburek, PhD, P.Eng., building science expert and adjunct professor of civil engineering at the University of Toronto.

“The perfect wall is an environmental separator- it has to keep the outside out and the inside in,” he wrote .

Lstiburek’s “perfect wall” (or roof or slab) includes four primary layers:

  • rain control;
  • air control;
  • vapour control; and
  • thermal control.

For the last category, specifiers can select from numerous insulation types; fiberglass batts to spray foam and rigid foam boards, as well as integrated systems such as structural insulated panels (SIPs).  This article examines the various performance attributes and product options for expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation in high-performance building envelopes.

Read the full article  in Construction Canada’s feature article, Keeping the Outside Out and the Inside In.

See more in Construction Canada’s July digital issue

All Insulation is NOT Created Equal


Yes, when using engineered EPS products that are made in strict accordance with ASTM standards for below-grade insulation.

FACT:  All insulation is NOT created equal.  As a guide when choosing the right insulation product and manufacturer for moisture protection and thermal insulation, refer to ASTM C578. This third party standard establishes the minimum physical properties and requirements, and is the industry’s consensus standard for BOTH expanded (EPS) and extruded (XPS) polystyrene. For example, not all EPS manufacturers can produce 40 or 60 psi insulation in accordance with ASTM C578; Insulfoam does – it makes both products across its US locations.


Starwood Hotel Finance Headquarters

Starwood Hotel Finance Headquarters

Rouser Concrete, the concrete contractor for the Starwood Hotel Finance Headquarters project in Arizona, chose Insulfoam R-Tech due to its superior performance as a durable and stable under-slab insulation which came at an economical price- great value for money.

During construction, the surrounding high-end retail stores were open for business, making it difficult for trucks to get in and out with product.  And storage space was at a premium.  Insulfoam’s Phoenix plant stepped in as a ‘local’ manufacturer with Just-In-Time, delivering however much product was needed at the jobsite at a given time.

Insulfoam R-Tech

Insulfoam R-Tech

  • Project:  Starwood Hotel Finance Headquarters
  • Location:  Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Product:  R-Tech 10, 65,000 Sq. Ft.
  • Application:  Under Slab


High compressive strength and engineered facers on both sides make R-Tech the most versatile combination of performance and economy.

  1. COMPRESSIVE STRENGTH- high compressive resistance that can be tailored to the loading requirements of the job
  2. MOISTURE PROTECTION- comparative study shows R-Tech has very low long-term moisture retention with no detrimental effect on its physical properties
  3. THERMAL STABILITY- long-term, stable, and warranted R-value that does not drift
  4. BEST R-VALUE PER DOLLAR- of comparable rigid insulations
  5. NATIONWIDE PRESENCE- manufacturing locations throughout the US

Visit Insulfoam for more information.

Reduce Material & Labor Costs with EPS Roof Insulation

Professional Roofing, January 2013

Professional Roofing, January 2013

More than any other part of a building, its roof system components must complement each other.  From the deck to the insulation to the membrane, careful selection and installation of all roofing materials are necessary for a high-performance roof assembly.

Because insulation contributes to a roof system’s thermal performance and overall durability while providing a substrate for the roof membrane….decision of which insulation type to use can profoundly affect your profitability.

Read the full article featured in Professional Roofing magazine’s January issue, Foam Up Top.  John Cambruzzi, Insulfoam director of sales and national accounts,explains that expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam insulation is one insulation type that should be considered with the wide range of products available and the ways EPS can help reduce labor and material costs.  John takes you through EPS insulation product selection options and installation considerations.

Cold Climate Housing Research Center uses EPS Foam to Save on Costs & Energy

Written by:  David Shong, Insulfoam Architectural & Engineering Technical Specialist

CCHRC Expansion, Alaska

CCHRC Expansion, Alaska

The Cold Climate Housing Research Center, CCHRC, in Fairbanks, AK constructed an addition to their facility in the spring of 2012.  The project Engineers specified 12″ of InsulFoam GF EPS39 which has a minimum compressive resistance of 2,160 psf @ 1% strain as a sub-base and below slab insulation.  EPS39 was placed around the perimeter under the exterior wall footings and within the zones of influence of interior columns that required higher bearing capacity to withstand the axial loads of the walls,roof and snow load.

The rest of the areas that were simply supporting the 6″ floor slab used 12″ of EPS22 (1051 psf @ 1% strain).  They were originally considering only 9″ of EPS46 (2,678 psf @ 1% strain) for the entire building footprint, but were happily surprised to hear the idea of using a lower density under the floor slabs where the decreased dead loads justified a lower EPS density.

They ended up being able to install 12″ of EPS under the entire footprint for less than the original budget which provided more insulation while saving on initial costs as well as long term energy expenditures.

CCHRC Expansion, Alaska

CCHRC Expansion, Alaska

CCHRC Expansion, Alaska

CCHRC Expansion, Alaska

Roof Insulation Systems With The Most R-Value Per Dollar


Roofing-Sub-Chart_blogWhy Insulfoam EPS?

With a broad range of insulation types available, it’s easier than ever for contractors to construct an energy efficient roof system.  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.  The benefit of lightweight EPS goes far beyond price, since it also helps decrease material and labor expenses.  And, unlike other rigid insulations, your roof insulation will remain stable, as Insulfoam R-Values don’t drift or fade over time.  Backed with a 20-year thermal performance warranty, you can be confident that Insulfoam’s EPS products are the best option for your project.  Read on to find what Insulfoam project best fits your roofing or reroofing insulation needs.

A Truly Green, High-Performance, & Economical Roof Insulation


  • More R-Vale per dollar than any other rigid insulation
  • R-Value doesn’t degrade over time
  • Most cost-effective insulation – typically 25-50% less than other rigid insulations
  • Easy to install- reduces install labor costs by more than 50
  • Complimentary 20-year thermal performance warranty available

Engineered for Versatility

  • Available in 1/2″ – 40″ product thicknesses
  • The right product for any job.  Available in multiple densities, a compressive strengths and panels sizes
  • Suitable for use under all major BUR, Mod Bit roofing membranes:  TPO, PVC, EPDM & CSPE
  • Code approved insulation (ICC-ES, UL, Factory Mutual) at an economical price
  • Meets or exceeds 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 25% recycled content
  • High long-term thermal performance (stable R-Value) conserves energy and operational costs
  • Contains no dyes, formaldehyde or ozone-depleting HCFCs
  • ENERY STAR Qualified
  • Contributed toward LEED energy efficiency points
  • Does not support mold 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

Visit Insulfoam website for more information.

Insulfoam Roofing Insulation Products: New & Reroofing Applications

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