The Solar Homestead is Appalachian State University's entry in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011. Inspired by the pioneer spirit of the early settlers in the mountain region of North Carolina, we have designed a self-sustaining zero energy home.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Why Closed Cell Insulation?

The Solar Homestead is using a closed-cell spray foam insulation, mixed with an anti-microbial. This product creates a fantastic air and moisture barrier that helps us ensure an air-tight building envelope around our floors. 

Thank you Blue Ridge Energy Works, BREW, for donating the installation! 
Provided by NCFI, InsulStar provides a high R-Value and stops pesky air-infiltration. In addition, this product was very nice to use in tight spaces because it adheres to the oddly shaped surfaces on the underside of our trailers. 

This foam not only gave us peace of mind ensuring a tight building envelope, but it also uses an environmentally friendly blowing agent with zero Ozone Depletion Potential. 

NCFI was awarded the 2004 International Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award from the EPA for their commitment to developing environmentally friendly SPF insulation systems. 

Thank you NCFI for donating your product to make this a healthy home. A special thanks to Blue Ridge Energy Works (BREW) for donating the installation!

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