Insulation References

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Confused about R-values, rolled or blown-ininsulation, vapor barriers and other insulation terms? This series ofstories,adapted from the U.S. Department of Energy "InsulationFact Sheet" explains the ins and outs of home insulation -- and may helpyou save significantly on your heating and cooling costs.

Thefollowing is a list of sources used by the U.S. Department of Energy in preparing its Insulation FactSheet.

Reference Sources

U.S. Department of Energy
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Clearing House (EREC)
PO Box 3048
Merrifield, VA 22116
Phone 800-363-3732, Fax 703-893-0400
electronic bulletin board 800-273-2955
http://www.eren.doe.gov/consumerinfo
e-mail doe.erec@nciinc.com

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program Office Home Page
http://www.eren.doe.gov

Insulation Contractors Association of America (ICAA)
1321 Duke Street, Suite 303
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone 703-739-0356, Fax 703-739-0412

National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
1201 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
Phone 202-822-0200

NAHB Research Center, Inc.
400 Prince Georges Boulevard
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772-8731
Phone 301-249-4000 ext. 702, Fax 301-249-0305
http://www.nahbrc.com
HomeBase Hotline 800-898-2842

National Institute of Building Sciences
1201 L Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20005
Phone 202-289-7800, Fax 202-289-1092

Other publications

U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Scientific and Technical Information(OSTI)
P.O. Box 62
Oak Ridge, TN 37831
Phone 423-576-2268 or 576-8401

  • Radiant Barrier Fact Sheet, DOE/CE-0335P
  • Builder's Foundation Handbook, ORNL/CON-295
  • Moisture Control Handbook, ORNL/SUB--89--SD350/1
  • Supporting Documentation for the 1997 Revision to the Doe Insulation Fact Sheet, ORNL-6907

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Washington, DC 20410-6000

  • HUD Rehabilitation Energy Guidelines for One-to-Four Family Dwellings (HUD-7480)
  • HUD Rehabilitation Energy Guidelines for Multi-Family Dwellings (HUD-7481)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Atmospheric Pollution Prevention Division APPD
401 M St., Mail Code 6202J SW
Washington, DC 20460
Phone 888-STAR-YES

  • Energy Star fact sheets
  • Builder guides

Insulation Contractors Association of America
(address above)

  • A Plan to Stop Fluffing and Cheating of Loose-Fill Insulation in Attics
  • Evaluating Installed Loose Fill Attic Insulation, Technical Bulletin No. 17
  • Verification of Contracted R-value in Improved Existing Attics Using Cookie Cutting, Technical Bulletin No. 25

National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
1201 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
Phone 202-822-0200
12 Fact sheets available on home remodeling

Internet sites

Building Envelope Research topics, see
http://www.ornl.gov/roofs+walls

Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star Programs,
http://www.epa.gov/energystar.html

Home Energy Saver Web project, produced by Lawrence Berkeley NationalLaboratory'sCenter for Building Science:
http://eande.lbl.gov/CBS/VH/vh.html

Computer programs

ZIP-Code Computer Program:
Operable version found on the internet at:
http://www.ornl.gov/~roofs/Zip/ZipHome.html

CD-Rom version available from: the Buildings Technolgy Transfer ProgramManager, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, 37831-6070

Manufacturer's associations

Air Diffusion Council (ADC) (representing manufacturers offlexible air duct)
104 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 1500
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone 312-201-0101, Fax 312-201-0214

Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers Association (CIMA)
136 South Keowee Street
Dayton, OH 45402
Phone 513-222-2462 or 513-222-1024

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Molder's Association
1926 Waukegan Road, Suite 1
Glenview, IL 60025-1770
Phone 800-607-3772, Fax 847-657-6819
http://www.epsmolders.org

Home Ventilating Institute
30 West University Drive
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Phone 847-394-0150, Fax 847-253-0088
e-mail amca@amca.org

Insulating Concrete Form Association
960 Harlem Avenue Suite 1128
Glenview, IL 60025
Phone 847-657-9730, Fax 847-657-9728

North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA)
44 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 310
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone 703-684-0084, Fax 703-684-0427
http://www.naima.org

Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA)
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20004
Phone 202-624-2709, Fax 202-628-3856
http://www.pima.org

Reflective Insulation Manufacturers Association
P.O. Box 90955
Washington, DC 20090
Phone 800-279-4123

Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA)

1511 K. Street NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005
Phone 202-347-7800, Fax 202-393-5043
http://www.sips.org

Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc.
1801 K Street NW, Suite 600K
Washington, DC 20006-1301
Phone 202-974-5200, Fax 202-296-7005
http://www.socplas.org

  • Polyurethane Division
    Phone 212-351-5425
    e-mail polyu@socplas.org
    http://www.polyurethane.org
  • Spray Polyurethane Division
    Phone 800-523-5154
  • Foamed Polystyrene Alliance
    Phone 202-974-2486
    e-mail fpa@socplas.org

Guidelines for new home construction

Model Energy Code
Council of American Building Officials
5203 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone 703-931-4533
also found at
http://huduser.org:73/1/2/c/mec

ASHRAE STANDARD 90.2-1993 Energy-Efficient Design of New Low-RiseResidential Buildings
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc.
1791 Tullie Circle, NE
Atlanta, GA 30329

National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
1201 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
Phone 202-822-0200
Many fact sheets, including information about metal-framed buildings

Thermal Design Guide for Exterior Walls
American Iron and Steel Institute
1101 17th St., N.W., Suite 1300
Washington, DC 20036-4700
Price: $10
hot line at 1-800-79STEEL

U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Scientific and Technical Information(OSTI)
P.O. Box 62
Oak Ridge, TN 37831
Phone 423-576-2268 or 576-8401

  • Builder's Foundation Handbook, ORNL/CON-295
  • Moisture Control Handbook, ORNL/SUB-89-SD350/1

Building Standards and Guidelines Program (BSGP)
http://www.energycodes.org
BSGP Hotline: Phone 800-270-CODE.

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