The Basics: Glossaries, Insulation Types & R-Values
Where & How: Wood Buildings, Bottoms & Top
Fibreglass: Info Library, Batts & Loose Fill
Cellulose: Technical Info & Wet-Spray Report
More Types: Foam Boards, Spray Foam & Reflective
Problems?: UFFI, Foundation Insulation & Vermiculite
Other Resources: CCMC Listings, Articles & More Articles
1. The Basics: Glossaries,
Insulation Types & R-Values
Glossary: Batt & Fibreglass
Baffled? Owens Corning has a glossary that covers a lot of terms used for batt and fibreglass types of insulation.
Glossary: Blown-in & Foam
This glossary from Icynene explains some different insulation terms. It focuses on blown-in and foam types of systems.
Fact Sheet: Insulation Types & R-Values
CMHC provides a listing of the different types of insulation and a chart showing the R-values per inch for each type. Its
helpful if you ever want to compare various products.
2. Where & How:
Wood Buildings, Bottoms & Top
Wood Buildings: Where To Insulate & How
The Canadian Wood Council site shows you how to insulate different sections of a building. The links on the left
bring up drawings for each and show R-Values for every component.
Bottoms: Foundation, Slab, Crawlspace & Floor
Southface Energy Institute has a good tech sheet with diagrams that gives you options for insulating your
Top: Story-And-A-Half Ceiling Areas
This area is one of the harder areas to insulate properly. Here is an Oikos report and drawing that show some
ways to insulate so you get best results and the most energy savings.
3. Fibreglass: Info Library,
Batts & Loose Fill
Info Library: North American Trade Association
NAIMA is the North American trade association for fibreglass, rock wool and slag wool insulation products. Their library
has lots of articles on products, problems, and installation.
Batt Installation Tips: Fine Homebuilding Article
Here is a step-by-step article that gives you tips (with pictures) for each stage of installing batt insulation.
Loose Fill: What, Where & How
This detailed article from NAIMA shows how to properly install loose fill fibreglass insulation in different areas of a house.
4. Cellulose: Technical
Info & Wet-Spray Report
Technical Info: Manufacturers Association
CIMA is the Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers Association in the US. Their site has info on cellulose benefits, technical bulletins, special reports and video clips.
Wet-Sprayed Cellulose: Research Report
CMHC did a study on wet-sprayed cellulose drying rates, moisture damage potential, and its air-barrier effectiveness.
5. More Types: Foam Boards,
Spray Foam & Reflective
EPS: Expanded Polystyrene: The White Stuff
The EPS Molders Association website has lots of good info on installation, national standards, and issues such as
moisture, insects, energy efficiency and the environment.
Spray Foam: Overview
The NAHB Toolbase site offers this report with an overview of spray foam insulation, benefits, and links to more
Reflective: Industry Association Handbook
The “reflective” industry has come under fire for making false R-value claims. This RIMA handbook provides an overview
of both reflective insulation and radiant barriers.
6. Problems?: UFFI,
Foundation Insulation & Vermiculite
UFFI: Info For Homeowners
Remember the big UFFI fiasco in the 80’s? CMHC has an info sheet for homeowners that explains UFFI, potential
problems, and what to know if buying or selling a house with UFFI.
Foundation & Basement Insulation: Dr. Joe’s Findings
Here’s a heads up on potential problems of moisture on the insides of concrete walls with interior insulation. Joe
Lstiburek gives a good explanation of causes and ideas for solutions.
Vermiculite: Are There Potential Asbestos Problems?
There is a growing concern that vermiculite insulation installed in the past might be contaminated with asbestos. This
info from EPA in the US provides some advice for homeowners.
7. Other Resources: CCMC
Listings, Articles & More Articles
Product Evaluation Listings: Insulation: CCMC
CCMC evaluates products according to national standards. Their listings of insulation products show the relevant
standards (“Preface” link) and company info (“Listing” link).
More Insulation Articles: From JLC
If you’re looking for more good articles on insulation the Journal of Light Construction site has quite a number of them.
Click on “Thermal & Moisture Control” link.
Even More Articles: NAHB Toolbase
The NAHB site also has a number of articles on insulation. These tend to cover newer types of products and
applications, as well as research and demonstration reports.
Dittie For Today:
Bit Of Advice
Never do card tricks for the group you play poker with.