Provided by Owens Corning Canada
Owens Corning CodeBord® Air Barrier System is the primary air barrier placed on the exterior of the building envelope. It insulates the exterior of the building preventing thermal bridging from occurring while increasing the wall insulation to R-38. It helps keep the wall cavity warm which significantly reduces the risk of condensation, providing long term energy efficiency performance and comfort for homeowners.
Owens Corning AttiCat® Expanding Blown-In Insulation System is applied to the attic spaces of Net Zero homes with increased insulation levels. Topping up the attic to R-60 can save a homeowner up to 20% on cooling and heating bills year round.
Insulation in Foundation Walls and Under Slab
Owens Corning FOAMULAR® rigid foam insulation is installed directly against concrete foundation walls and under the floor, offering insulated comfort in below-grade spaces such as basements. Thanks to its excellent moisture resistance and rugged construction, it does not lose any insulating power even after long-term exposure to water and wet or acidic soil. Implementation of this insulation removes the feeling of a cold basement and improves the efficiencies of heat loss through the basement floor.
Insulated and Sealed Primary Duct
Proper insulation of ductwork is an essential component of any home's insulation. Bare, uninsulated sheet metal ducts can drain homes of their warmth and allow unwanted household noise to pass from room to room. Owens Corning Duct Solutions deliver increased energy efficiency and help prevent up to 8 times the air leakage that's often seen with bare sheet metal ducts. As a result, there are fewer hot and cold spots in the home. Owens Corning Duct Solutions help to keep noise at a minimum and offer smart maintenance accessibility.
Hole in Your Front Door
Another way to understand the importance of insulation and air sealing is to imagine all of the air leaks in a home as a single hole in the front door. The less efficient a home, the bigger the hole through which heated or cooled air escapes.
- In homes built prior to 1980, the hole measures approximately 16-20” wide.
- In homes built after 1990, the hole measures approximately 12” wide.
- In homes built according to current industry leading standards, the hole measures 8-10” wide.
- Net Zero homes lead in energy efficiency by reducing this imaginary hole to only 6” wide.
As the hole gets smaller, the home becomes more energy-efficient. Net Zero homes reduce the gap on inefficiencies by maximizing air tightness and saving on energy bills.