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How does Applegate Insulation compare to others?

Applegate Cellulose Insulation® provides superior value by being a damp-spray or dry-blown insulation with an R-value of 3.8 per inch. Applegate Insulation® is blown or sprayed into an attic, ceiling or wall cavity you are able to put the right amount of insulation to achieve the desired R-value, rather than forcing a pre-formed batt into a restricted, or oddly shaped space. Applegate Insulation® is a custom fit with a lot less fuss and unused material.

Applegate Cellulose Insulation® provides superior fire protection compared to glass, mineral and foam insulations. Foams require a 15 minute fire barrier to give occupants time to escape in the case of a fire, and the fossil fuels used to make most foams (including many so called bio foams) can contribute as a fuel source and result in toxic fumes when ignited.          

Applegate premium products consistently meet and or exceed the federal fire regulations for fire safety by utilizing both dry and liquid fire retardants to ensure

 

an insulation which is safe and as low dust as possible.

With Applegate's liquid formulation the fiber and chemical irritant potential is drastically reduced, in fact Applegate Premium Insulation's are the industries lowest when it comes to dust. Lower dust also allows installation to be easier, quicker and more efficient then competitors.

Applegate Cellulose Insulation® is in the optimum range of performance vs. price. Pound for pound Applegate Cellulose Insulation® is more effective at reducing energy costs then glass, and while foams may provide a slightly higher R-value per inch, it comes at an astronomical environmental and economic price, taking years longer to pay for itself.

Adding Applegate Insulation® to an existing building may pay for itself in as little as a year and is environmentally preferred.

 

Type
Installation Methods
R-value per inch (RSI/m)
Raw Materials
Pollution From Manufacture
Indoor Air Quality Impacts
Comments
Cellulose Loose-fill, wall-spray (damp), dense pack, stabilized 3.6-4.0
(21-26)
Old Newspapers, telephone directories, borates, ammonium sulfate Negligible Fibers and chemicals can be irritants
                        
High recycled content and very low embodied energy
Fiberglass Batts, Loose-fill, semi-rigid board 3.0-4.0
(15-28)
Silica sand, limestone, boron, recycled glass, PF resin or acrylic resin Formaldehyde emissions and high energy use during manufacture Fibers can be irritants High embodied energy
Mineral Wool Loose-fill, batts, semi-rigid or rigid board 2.8-3.7
(19-26)
Iron ore blast furnace slag, natural rock, PF binder Formaldehyde emissions and high energy use during manufacture Fibers can be irritants High embodied energy; Rigid board can be an excellent foundation drainage and insulator
Cotton Batts 3.0-3.7
(21-26)
Cotton and polyester mill scraps (especially denim) Negligible Considered safe Two producers, so transportation pollution is higher than other insulation
Closed-cell spray polyurethane foams Spray-in cavity-fill or spray-on roofing 5.8-6.8
(40-47)
Fossil fuels; HFC-24.5fa blowing agent; non-brominated flame retardant High energy use during manufacture; global warming potential from HFC blowing agent Quite toxic during installation (respirators or supplied air required); allow several days of airing out prior to occupancy Very High embodied Energy
Open-celled, low-density polyurethane foam (Soy) Spray-in cavity-fill 3.6-3.8
(25-27)
Fossil fuels and soybeans; water as blowing agent; non-brominated flame retardant High energy use during manufacture Quite toxic during installation (respirators or supplied air required); allow several days of airing out prior to occupancy Very High embodied Energy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




The table above is a Summary of information taken from the January 1, 2005 Environmental Building News which highlights some of the key environmental impacts of selected insulation types.


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One study compared fiberglass and cellulose insulation in attics. Both insulations were installed to manufacturers requirements to achieve an R-19, but fiberglass started to lose its effective R-value as temperatures dropped to just 32 degrees! It went on to lose up to 50% of its effective R-value as temperatures continued to drop. Applegate Insulation®, however, not only maintains its R-value; its insulation effectiveness actually increases as temperatures drop. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Dr. Arthur Furst, one of the world's foremost toxicologists, states, "In essence, the dusts from cellulose insulation materials can be considered as any household dusts. Cellulose, per se, is non-toxic. Biologically, cellulose is innocuous."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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