Meeting New Building Code Standards: Continuous Insulation

By |June 24th, 2015|Building Codes|Comments Off on Meeting New Building Code Standards: Continuous Insulation

Continuous exterior insulation helps achieve desired thermal and moisture performance, which helps builders, contractors, architects and remodelers meet emerging building code standards for both residential and commercial buildings.

The adoption and enforcement of more stringent New York State building and energy code regulations, and how to meet them, is a quickly emerging issue for the building trades. Identifying efficient, economical solutions for improving building energy efficiency performance has become a “front burner” issue for builders and contractors across the northeast and particularly in Upstate New York.

Regulatory Compliance. Customer Satisfaction.

Continuous exterior insulation substantially increases energy efficiency in residential and commercial buildings and meet new regulatory requirements. It is particularly suitable to harsh climates such as those found in Upstate New York.

High performance continuous insulation covers the entire exterior wall surface, not just cavities between framing studs. Continuous insulation in both residential and commercial buildings is extremely cost-effective. It’s most notable benefits, apart from building code compliance, is that it offers protection from moisture penetration and air infiltration as well as long-term high efficiency thermal performance.  The technique has also proven to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Continuous Insulation at a Glance

  • Tighter building envelope: Continuous insulation provides coverage for the total wall surface area, maximizing energy savings and providing significantly higher insulation values.
  • Thinner wall profile: With approximately double the R-value per inch compared to traditional batt insulation, closed cell rigid insulation simultaneously minimizes wall thickness while maximizing overall thermal performance.
  • Continuous exterior building insulation is a proven, accepted approach to meeting building energy efficiency code standards in states that follow the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) 90.1-2007 and International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) 2009.

In terms of meeting new building code standards, continuous insulation is no longer simply a value-added option – it’s a requirement.

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