EnergySmart Insulation services a variety of customers including Builders, Homeowners and Architects in the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. Please read below for more detailed information for Custom Home Builders, Homeowners and Design Professionals.
Custom Home Builders:
Once in awhile, a new construction material or method comes along that not only complies with all code requirements, it’s capable of raising the standards. Sprayed Polyurethane Foam (SPF) has been making a profound change in the perceptions of insulation’s role in commercial and residential construction.
SPF is an environmentally safe product that contains no ozone destroying gases (HFA’s CFC’s or HCFC’s) or formaldehyde. SPF is not just an environmentally responsible insulation system, it insulates and air seals. Building scientists have recognized that air leakage has a greater impact than R-value on the performance of a building. SPF is becoming the industry standard for providing maximum building envelope performance.
SPF creates a healthier indoor environment, reduces airborne sounds and offers greater design freedom. SPF maintains its performance with no loss of R-value over time. It does not shrink, sag or settle and adheres to most construction materials. That makes it a perfect insulation for walls, attics, ceilings and floors.
At EnergySmart Insulation, we use The Icynene Spray Foam Insulation System because we recognize a superior product when we experience one! Our sales staff is constantly being trained at seminars and conventions, and awaits the opportunity to explain the numerous benefits of The Icynene Spray Foam Insulation System. Please contact either of our offices to request a free inspection and quote.
Electricity bills, oil bills, gas bills–all homeowners pay for one or more of these utilities, and wish they paid less. Often many of us do not really know how to control or reduce our utility bills. We resign ourselves to high bills because we think that is the price we have to pay for a comfortable home. We encourage our children to turn off the lights and appliances, but may not recognize the benefits of insulating the attic.
Heating and cooling ( “space conditioning”) account for 50 to 70% of the energy used in the average American home. About 20% goes for heating water. On the other hand, lighting and appliances and everything else account for only 10 to 30% of the energy used in most residences. It makes good sense to turn lights and appliances off when they are not needed, and you’ll save even more on your energy costs if you reduce the amount of energy needed for heating and cooling.
Unless your home was constructed with special attention to energy efficiency, adding insulation will probably reduce your utility bills. Much of the existing housing stock in the United States is not insulated to the best level. Older homes are likely to use more energy than newer homes, leading to very high heating and air-conditioning bills. Even if you own a new home, adding insulation may save enough money in reduced utility bills to pay for itself within a few years, continue to save you money for as long as you own the home, and increase the resale value of your house. A well-insulated home or office helps limit energy consumption, which in turn reduces carbon dioxide pollution that is produced during the burning of coal, oil and gas used to heat and cool homes.
Architects / Design Professionals:
Despite intensive efforts, we are not constructing healthy buildings. More than 30% of buildings in the US have poor indoor air quality, a serious problem given that most people spend about 90% of their time indoors. A 1990 study by the American Medical Association and the U.S. Army found that indoor air quality problems cost U.S. businesses 150 million workdays and about $15 billion in productivity losses each year. The World Health Organization puts the losses at close to $60 billion.
By the year 2010, another 38 million buildings are expected to be constructed in the US, bringing our country’s total to over 100 million. The challenge is to build those new buildings, and renovate the older ones, in ways that reverse unhealthy trends. Fortunately, there are ways we – as consumers, designers, builders and product manufacturers – can respond to this challenge. By building green, we can assist in preserving natural habitats, watersheds, and ecosystems. It can protect air and water quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and solid waste, all while conserving natural resources. We are creating healthier indoor and outdoor environments.
Green building also has tangible economic and public health benefits. These include lower operating costs via reduced energy and water utility bills, and reduced maintenance and replacement costs due to greater durability of materials. The use of non-toxic materials in residential construction is especially important in protecting children from respiratory and other diseases.
In commercial settings, green building results in improved occupant health and comfort (primarily due to indoor air quality measures and daylight) which in turn leads to higher productivity, less absenteeism, and reduced insurance costs and liability risk.