Insulation can be an important element in green building by cutting down on a building's energy usage. There's a diverse range of insulation options available in today's market, each with advantages and drawbacks. One should consider how much energy saving an insulation can provide per cubic inch, what materials the make up the insulation, and how the insulation may contribute to indoor air quality.
One type of insulation that TreeHugger has been examining for years is plastic foam. Margaret Badore has written a five-part investigative series on the safety of sprayed polyurethane foam insulation. This series examines the potential health hazards associated with of spray foam insulation, its chemical makeup, its fire safety, and explores other insulation alternatives.
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It's getting harder and harder to know what to use in green building. Sprayed polyurethane foam is a favourite among green builders because of its high R value and tight seal, but the Environmental Protection Agency is raising
I have always wondered why a sandwich of polystyrene and concrete is considered green, and have taken significant abuse for my position on insulated concrete forms (ICF). Now an interim report from the impressive-sounding MIT Concrete
As a writer about green design, I hold some opinions that consistently attract tremendous disagreement and abuse; two are heat pumps and insulated concrete forms (ICF) noting that a sandwich of polystyrene and concrete can hardly be called green.