Cellulose for sound absorption, fire safety, and comfort
Protect The Interior Conditioned Space
Cellulose is Professional High Performance Insulation – See why! Walls and Ceiling Alternative to Spray Foam.
Cellulose DensePack Insulation R3.5 Per Inch
Stapled Netting Cellulose
R21 on Exterior Walls Dense Packed With Cellulose Blown Insulation
Closed Cell Spray Foam Walls R-7.4 per inch
Closed Cell Spray Foam
Green Attic Spray Foam provides the highest R-Value Per Inch and a complete moisture, pressure, and thermal barrier between framing.
Chicago Bungalow Insulation
Dense Pack Cellulose Cape Cod Knee Wall Assembly
Green Attic Insulation offers a superior product to fiberglass insulation on exterior walls. Using dense packed cellulose between netting dry blown to fill the stud cavity to capacity. Pictured here is a Chicago Bungalow Remodel 2023.
Cellulose 2x6 Framing R21
Cellulose Insulation Dense Packed Full Capacity Between Framing
Cellulose insulation in sidewalls on 2×6 framing R-Value R20 . At an average of just $2.00 per sq ft, it outperforms fiberglass on multiple levels ( especially in Chicago Area Climate) where we have extremely hot summers and cold winters. This is an important factor, we are dealing with weather opposing conditions in summer vs. winter. The factors related to the changing climates in Chicago makes Cellulose Insulation an obvious choice for traditional new construction.
When building a new home, budget considerations are a factor in choosing high performace spray foam vs other materials for construction. We have seen numerous examples year after year of budget cut decisions on insulation resulting in drafts, trim seams cracked or separating, crown molding and casing separation, mildew, moisture, and more!
As contractors and clients do their research, there is an choice to make in the spray foam, fiberglass, cellulose, and mineral wool material. Let us help you navigate the insulation choices by meeting with oneof our project managers to discuss pricing and performance variables.
Maximizing Energy Efficiency
Understanding the Importance of Air Sealing and Addressing Air Movement in Your Home
a. The most effective treatment would be a continuous air barrier around the entire exterior of the home.
This is not achieved with more insulation between stud and drywall cavity. We find the most vulnerable point of the structure is the seam between the foundation and siding. This can be achieved with exterior caulking or one part spray foam ( depending on the size of the gap and the aesthetics of the building material.
b. The untreated seams at the foundation level will result in cold first floors around the parameter of the home and cause substantially higher heating costs as cold air is being drawn in through breaks in the pressure barrier.
Wind defense is often overlooked due to seasonal restrictions. For example, the caulking around the window, doors, facia, and any other seams of the external structure cannot be done when the temps are below 40 Degrees per manufacturer recommendations for adhesion and proper curing.So if a contractor meant to schedule the air sealing of the exterior and spring and never got around to returning, the homeowner ( while the home is new and beautiful) has a major air leakage problem, and resulting higher cooling and heating costs for many years to come.
c. Insulation Vs. Air Movement- Stack Effect
The “stack effect” is warmer air moving upward in a structure.
This happens in summer and winter, but is most pronounced in the winter because indoor-outdoor temperature differences are the greater. Warm air rises because it’s lighter than cold air. The rising warm air creates positive pressure above, neutral pressure between, and negative pressure on the lower levels. Reduction in pressure in the base of the building, forcing cold air to infiltrate through open doors, windows, or other openings. The stack effect basically causes air infiltration on the lower portion of a building and exfiltration on the upper part.
d. Indoor Combustion and Ventilation – Indoor bath fans, dryers, range hoods, etc
Mechanical ventilation air movement varies by device, and can cause substantial pressure differences. A common bathroom fan generates between 90-110 CFM ( cubit feet per minute , a cubic foot is about a basketball of air) , while a range hood over the stove can draw as much as 1800 CFM. These devices must be balanced with air intake or result in unwanted air flow through the building envelope. Now having identified three types of air movement / air flow, we can separate treatment of the air leakage by targeting the same corresponding air movement paths. For example, partitions, pathways, and intersections of the exterior to reduce wind movement. In the attic top plates and wall to wall connections are sealed to significantly reduce stack effect.This includes recessed lighting, attic hatch or pulldown stairs. Openings around flues are flashed and fire-caulked to prevent stack effect though flu clearance framing.