Customer Testimonial. Homeowner

“From start to finish, the Cocoon team was very professional, courteous, and easy to work with. They were patient, detailed, and easy to communicate with. Even after the project was sold, they were available for phone calls and follow-up questions. Project Manager, Tim O., was very attentive to my scheduling needs and from the day the project started to the day it finished, Tim was in contact with me consistently, letting me know the status of the project and when they would be there. The project site was clean each and every day. Anyone who stopped by wouldn’t have known that any work was even being done. I would not hesitate to hire Cocoon for additional projects or refer them to any of my friends or relatives.”

–Michael  Fahning (Eden Prairie, MN)

Cocoon Home Performance Solutions now part of Kinzler Construction Services

In August 2014, Kinzler Construction Services acquired Cocoon to bring Kinzler’s resources to the Minneapolis/St. Paul market, while simultaneously supporting the mission of expanding the Cocoon high-performance philosophy to other markets around the country. Kinzler Construction Services will be holding an open house event for the launch of our new Minneapolis location, home of Cocoon Home Performance Solutions. The event will kick off October 8, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. and will continue until 6:00 p.m. It will be an opportunity to learn about our company and products, as well as meet some of our vendors. We will also be giving away gift bags and door prizes, including a GoPro Camera! Dinner will be provided by Fork In The Road Catering and will feature: pulled pork tacos, Italian frechetta sandwiches, buffalo chicken sandwiches and bacon and blue cheese stuffed sliders. We will also be offering beer, wine and desserts!

There are two builder credit classes and an AIA credit class that will be offered by members of the Cocoon Home Performance team. At 2:00 p.m. Peter Burns, Sales Manager, will be teaching an hour long class discussing requirements for building and duct air leakage testing in the 2015 Minnesota Energy Code and explore testing procedures and strategies.

Also at 2:00 Chris Anderson, CSI, CCPR, IIDA, USGBC, Associate AIA will be hosting a class discussing the physics and nature of sound – this course will use details and examples to cover design criteria such as STC, CAC, NRC, factors of sound control such as use of building materials, flanking paths, and ASTM testing methods related to interior partitions in the architectural environment.

At 3:00 p.m. Rick Cobbs, General Manager, will teach an hour long class discussing solving and anticipating typical energy problems that builders and remodelers encounter in new and existing homes.

To save a spot at one of our trainings, RSVP to carmen.cook@insulation.net.

 

 

Curtis Sturgill gets published by Metal Construction News

Curtis Sturgill, National Sales Manager for High-R Metal Building Insulation, a patented product owned and offered by Kinzler Construction Services, published an article titled “Retrofit Insulation, What Should You Know?” on Metal Construction News’ website in September.

Below are some key points and several quotes from Curtis Sturgill that appear in the article.

1.Air Sealing:

“No matter what type of insulation system you decide to use when retrofitting your structure, if it is not properly air sealed you might as well light your wallet on fire.”

2. Cavity Insulation:

“Attempting to get a fiberglass batt to fit in an existing cavity with no air pockets for condensation to occur is like finding a needle in a haystack.”

3. Retrofit Thermal Blocks?

“With an existing building it is next to impossible to add a thermal block unless you address the topside of the roof in some manner.”

4. Return on Investment

“There is a lot to be said for material R-values and installed R-values, a big misunderstanding by a lot of consumers and even some in our industry.”

5. Choosing the Right Company

“With the hassle of working around existing equipment and mechanical units, limiting downtime or slowed production of your employees, it is just as important to choose the right company as it is to find the right product.”

Project Profile. Home Performance

The customer had been experiencing ice dams for over 30 years. Raking the roof every winter was just a part of their normal routine and they learned that taking a vacation during the winter was not possible after coming home to ice dam damage and water intrusion. Upon consideration of selling their home, they were curious to see if this long-standing problem could be resolved because they did not want to pass on the burden of ice dams to a new potential homeowner.

A home performance assessment was conducted to create a specific scope of work aimed towards preventing ice dams and improving overall home performance. It was determined that air sealing, adding insulation to the attic and ensuring proper attic ventilation was necessary. The work was performed and a final test was conducted to gather data for comparison. The overall air leakage of the home was reduced by 20%.  Not only are ice dams no longer an issue, but the overall energy efficiency and comfort of the home have greatly increased.  Now the homeowners feel that anyone would be lucky to live in their high performance home.

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Project Profile. Retrofit

A homeowner recently remodeled but they were still experiencing high energy bills.  During the first winter of the renovation, condensation in the attic was developing to the point that water was dripping into the newly remodeled areas of the home and the roof sheathing was beginning to show signs of deterioration.

Upon evaluation we found that the attic insulation had been disturbed during the renovation.  The attic floor also had many gaps and penetrations from plumbing, electrical and framing components that had not been air sealed (typical for the age of the home).  We also found that a whole-house humidifier was set to allow higher than recommended levels of indoor humidity during peak winter periods.  We discovered that conditioned, moisture-laden air was migrating into the attic and forming frost on the underside of the roof.  This migration was likely increased unintentionally due to upgrades in the home’s windows, doors and siding during the renovation.

Kinzler removed the damaged and wet insulation so that the attic floor could be properly air sealed, stopping the conditioned air from escaping into the attic and ventilation chutes were installed to allow for proper ventilation of the attic.  A skim coat of spray-applied foam was installed on the entire attic floor for a complete air seal and supplemental fiberglass was installed to meet code R-values.  The customer also consulted the manufacturer of the whole-house humidifier for recommended settings based on outdoor temperatures. 

 

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