Yesterday we talked about the first stages of building a home inside in a controlled environment. The controlled environment we are talking about is here it does not snow, does not rain, sleet is forbidden, and freezing rain is simply not tolerated!
Take a good look at today’s photograph. At first glance it is confusing. The dark gray is the outside of the house and it is that dark gray material that will give us such a great added layer of protection from the cold. Here’s how it works:
- Inside the living room it is cozy and comfortable. By the way, that coziness cost you money for energy to heat your home. Loosing that heat is not a good thing.
- Outside, the wind howls, snow flies, rain is freezing, it is just plain cold!
Between you and your warmth and the cold outside is a wall of “stuff” that will keep the heat inside and the cold outside. So, before we go any further, it is important to know that Heat always moves towards cold. There are a lot of reasons this happens, and we will talk about it, but it is true. The heat inside your home wants to move outside to meet up with cold. Heat always moves towards cold!
So, the secret is really quite simple, we need to stop or at least slow down the movement of expensive heat leaving your home! In addition to costing you boo koo bucks that heat loss is disastrous to our environment.
In the exterior walls we provide 1½” of Continuous Foam that we talked about yesterday, this is on the outside of the house. In the 6” wall cavity we install Roxul insulation rather than fiberglass. We are convinced that Rock Wool is a superior product that performs better.
Between the Roxul and the 1½” of Continuous Foam we have an R-Value of R-30½ in our exterior wall. This will give your new home a warm and cozy feel while loosing less heat, costing you less in energy, and will negatively impact the environment less.
All that sounds like a win-win to us even if your home is up in the Mountains near Ludlow Vermont or Middletown Springs Vermont.
Let us know what you think of R-30½ in the exterior walls.