Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011 Energy Efficient America Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011: Energy Efficient America

In order to address the nation’s growing energy needs, US Senator Jeane Shaheen and Senator Rob Portman pushes for the enactment of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011. This bill aims to promote the renovation of buildings to become more energy efficient. As stated in the bill, the Department of Energy is to show support for all residential and business establishments in their energy efficiency plans. Such support would come in terms of technical assistance to ensure that all establishments comply with the national model energy building codes. One of the most feasible ways to materialize energy codes is to encourage the use of spray foam insulation.

Why spray foam insulation
One of the provisions of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011 is for the DOE to coordinate with local Indian tribes, the State and the local government agencies to push the use of a technologically possible and cost effective means of ensuring energy efficiency at maximum levels. The spray foam insulation fits the guidelines perfectly because it has an R-value of 6.0 for every inch and that’s equivalent to a material that gives more thermal resistance with minimum use.

Benefits for Residential and Business Establishments
Aside from the technical assistance, another provision of the act also states that the DOE also run the Building Retrofit Financing Program. The said program will help reduce the financing risks for energy efficiency projects – including spray foam insulation.

Other than the Building Retrofit Financing Program, the Act also has a section for the Electric Motor Rebate Program and the Transformer Rebate Program. In the Electric Motor Rebate Program, DOE will provide incentives following the purchase of electric controls that would reduce energy consumption by up to 5%. The said rebate will be for $25 per horsepower.

Meanwhile, the Transformer Rebate Program is the incentive reserved for those who purchase energy efficient transformers that can help reduce power consumption by as much as 30%. This will apply to all residential and business establishments granted that the purchased transformer meets the standards set by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association.

Benefits of Spray Foam insulation
The reason why the spray foam insulation fits nicely with the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011 is because it has been proven to save the 40% of energy that is lost due to infiltration. Some of the other benefits of this type of insulation include:

  • Adds strength to the structure
  • Stops air infiltration as well as moisture
  • Saves on your energy bill
  • It is a form of permanent insulation
  • Reduces the capacity requirements of your home’s HVAC equipment
  • Keeps home clean by blocking the entrance of dust and pollen grains

The initiative of US Senators Jeane Shaheen and Rob Portman is one step towards a more energy efficient America. It helps to know that the Senate has finally decided to intervene in the continued depletion of the non renewable source of energy. By using spray foam insulation, you are not only helping yourself save on electricity costs, you are also helping an entire nation.

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What is R-Value

Posted by R Value, Spray Foam Insulation Comments Off   Jul 19, 2011 @ 03:07
What is R Values What is R Value

Before choosing any particular insulation for your home, you must do a proper research. If you can install the right kind of insulation, then it will definitely help you to reduce the energy consumption, and that will give you lower energy bills. When you are choosing any insulation, then you must look for the one that provides you with greater R-value. This will help you to improve the thermal resistance of the place where you are installing it. The strong R-Value will help you to reduce the consumption of energy.

But, before that it is very important to know what R-value is. R-value is simply the measurement of the thermal resistance that is being used in the building where you want to install it. The thermal resistance of the building will be better if it is strong R-value. So, when you are choosing the insulation, you must look for the one that has higher R-value. This will bring a huge difference not only to the environment, but also to the home or office. R-value is simply the ratings that will help you to measure the insulation ability. If there is higher resistance, then there will be better insulation.

If your insulator has high R-value, then it will prevent the outside heat to enter your home. This will make the room temperature cool, and you will not have to use the air conditioner in the summer time. The R-value that is needed for your room depends on two factors. The factors are- the climate of the area, and the temperature of the area. It is also a fact that the different parts of the house have different R-values. The insulation required in your attic is different from the one required in your kitchen. Generally it is believed that the R-value of R-12 is the best for the insulation at the basement.

About the Author
Star Spray Foam Insulation is locally owned and operated by Brad Harris. Our Office is located in New Orleans and operates in the Gulf South region to include Biloxi to Venice. Baton Rouge to Houma. Brad Harris has been a residential builder since 1996 and has a complete understanding of Residential and Commercial business and considers the most efficient and effective means of accomplishing the job under any circumstances.

R-Value: Building insulators

Posted by R Value, Spray Foam Projects Comments Off   Apr 29, 2010 @ 02:04

R Value Building insulators R Value: Building insulators

The R value or R-value is a measure of thermal resistance used in the building and construction industry. Bigger the R-value of an insulator, better the building insulation’s effectiveness. The resistance of each material to heat transfer depends on the specific thermal resistance which is a property of the material and the thickness of that layer.

The R-value is the measure of insulator’s ability of heat loss retardation under specified test conditions. The principal mode of heat transfer retardation by insulation is convection but unavoidably it also retards heat loss by all three heat transfer modes namely conduction, convection, and radiation.

R-values are given in SI units, typically square-metre kelvins per watt or m²•K/W (or equivalently to m²•°C/W). In the United States customary units, R-values are given in units of ft²•°F•h/Btu (1 h•ft²•°F/Btu = 0.176110 K•m²/W, or 1 K•m²/W = 5.678263 h•ft²•°F/Btu). Typically for closed-cell spray foam insulator R-values is commonly around 6.0 per inch which is among the highest R-Values of any commercially available insulation and R-values of open-cell spray foam is around 3.5 per inch which is nearly half of closed-cell foams but it still provides excellent thermal insulating and air barrier properties. So before any decision consider both R-value and your requirements.

Environment friendly insulation

Posted by Environment friendly insulation Comments Off   Apr 14, 2010 @ 03:04

Environment friendly insulation Environment friendly insulation

Technology has brought many products that are environment friendly and enhance own comfort. Spray foam insulation being one of the leading products. It contains a highly reactive foaming agent. The two components are kept separate until they reach the nozzle of the spraying machine when they quickly react creating a material that can expand up to 100 times its original size on hitting a solid surface. Its liquid state allows it to penetrate fine cracks and holes in the surface thus filling them and giving complete insulation discouraging pests from burrowing into your home. This in turn cut your expenses as you will no longer have to fumigate with dangerous pesticides. Spray foam insulation also help keep moisture out, and is excellent for preventing mold and water damage.

Spray foam insulations have higher R-values. R-value is basically the measurement of thermal resistance of materials used in the construction industry. So if a material have higher R value (numerical value) than that material is better insulator or in straight terms R value is directly proportional to insulation ability of that material. Spray Foam insulation has a much higher R-value than most insulators. In fact, it has twice the R-value per inch than traditional fiberglass insulation and much higher R value than cellulose insulation.

“Go green use Spray foam insulations”