The Sheeleigh Project: Sept/Oct

Deborah Carter's serial article on the construction of a LEED-certified home continues this month by answering a question—what type of insulation is necessary to maintain an energy efficient home?

There is just enough chill in the air today to signal that, although it is warm out and the sun is bright, it is, indeed, fall. “Good insulation is the single most important aspect of an energy efficiency home,” says homeowner Matt Sheeleigh. Sealing out the elements is a primary building concern as the Sheeleigh residence continues to progress in line with LEED specifications.

The home will soon be insulated with a cutting-edge product from Demilec called Heatlok Soy. (Yes, soy—apparently it’s not just a good form of fiber and omega-3s.) Heatlok is polyurethane foam made from renewable soy oils and recycled plastics. It is blown on with a spray applicator creating an environmentally friendly air barrier that is thermal resistant and vapor retardant. The Heatlok application creates zero ozone depletion, causing minimum impact on the environment.

The Sheeleighs’ Heatlock insulation will be installed by North Pole Insulation of Whitehouse Station.

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