Project Profile: Excavationless Foundation Insulation

Kinzler was hired to do excavationless foundation insulation at a home in Minneapolis. This home was built in 1907 and was recently purchased by a new homeowner that is in the process of turning it into a net-zero home, pursuing Green Star certification. The foundation insulation is one of the first items in this big project.

This is the third home where the excavationless foundation insulation procedure has been done. The procedure originally came out of a U.S. Department of Energy field study and involves using a Hydrovac truck to vacuum out a 4” trench of dirt down to the footings around the outside of a home. After that, 1.5” of rigid foam board is installed against the dirt and the remaining 2.5” of the cavity is filled with a special blend spray foam that was made specifically for this application.

The excavationless procedure works well on existing homes. The alternative approach is to use an excavator to dig out the foundation and insulate it using a different strategy. This alternative could take longer, be more expensive and will cause more damage to grass and landscaping.

In the next few months, when the home is ready, we will return and insulate the rest of the foundation above grade so there is a seamless transition between the exterior wall and the foundation insulation. Kinzler will also be insulating other areas of the home including the walls and ceilings. We are excited to be part of such an innovative project and is happy that the homeowner will now have a more comfortable, durable and energy-efficient home.

Trench
Trench created around the foundation of the home.
Spraying in Foam
Spraying in spray foam insulation after the installation of the foam boards.

 

 

 

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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