Project Profile. HIGH-R Metal Building Insulation

Marion, North Dakota

Winters in the upper Midwest can be unpredictable which can present a challenge when insulating steel buildings.  A-Line Builders of Fargo was selected as the general contractor and steel building erector for this project and selected us as the subcontractor to complete the insulation scope of this 45,000 ft. metal building.  With winter quickly approaching traditional insulation methods were not ideal so A-Line and Kinzler worked together to set a schedule to get the structure dried out so that we could insulate the buidling from the inside.  Insulating the building from the inside once the structure was dry saved substantial downtime that snow, rain, or ice could have caused.  High-R Metal Building Insulation was installed after filling any condensation prone areas with blown fiberglass.  Then, Kinzler spray foamed around windows, doors, eaves, and gable ends to properly air seal this space.  Since purlin depths ranged from 10″-12″ we were able to achieve R values of R-40 on the ceilings and R-30 on the walls.  A big thanks to A-Line Builders of Fargo for allowing us to help you on this project.  For more information on HIGH-R, visit www.high-r.com

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Project Profile. Closed Cell Spray foam

Minneapolis, MN

This homeowner has a story and a half home that was suffering from ice dams, water intrusion, comfort issues, and high energy bills. A home performance assessment was conducted to determine the “lowest hanging fruit” for resolving all of their issues. The home performance assessment revealed that the side attics, slants, and upper flat attic area were experiencing a lot of air leakage and had very low levels of insulation. Proper attic ventilation was a challenge based on the design and construction of the home. In order to gain access to the inaccessible attic areas, roof decking was removed and closed cell spray foam was installed from the exterior. The roof was re-decked and a secondary roof deck was iinstalled over 1″ sleepers providing continuous roof ventilation. The end result created an air tight, well insulated and well ventilated roof system. Another test was performed after the retrofit was completed and revealed that the total air leakage of the home was reduced by 33%. The scope of work completed will not only prevent ice dams, but also improves comfort and efficiency which reduces energy bills.

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Project Profile. Blown-In-Blanket (BIBS)

Longville, MN

A homeowner located in Northern Minnesota (between Walker and Longville) lake country was looking for an energy efficient insulation solution for their custom lake home. The design consisted of a large vaulted great room flanked by bedrooms on either side. With harsh Northern Minnesota winters this project called for a custom insulation package consisting of spray foam and fiberglass insulation. After meeting the homeowner on site and discussing various options (open cell spray foam, closed cell spray foam, fiberglass batts, blown fiberglass) the decision was made to install R23 BIBS (dense blown fiberglass) in the exterior walls, R50 blown fiberglass in the flat ceilings, and the vented vaulted roof was sprayed with a R44 closed cell foam. Lastly, Kinzler crews spray foamed headers and other miscellaneous areas with closed cell foam.

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Roof Design Can Improve Your Home’s Energy Flow

Cocoon project published in Energy Design Update:

There is a consensus in the building science community supporting fully vented, pitched attic assemblies as the most durable roofs; roofs which offer both the lowest cost and highest R-value when no ductwork or major air leakage are above or in the ceiling plane. If we take this consensus and expand it, how should we approach existing roofs? When homes are ready for a new roof or an energy retrofit, are there ways to maximize opportunities for insulation, air sealing, and roof deck ventilation? 

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