Applegate Insulation

Solutions for Architects


Thank you for taking a few minutes to learn more about Applegate Insulation. We know that architects and designers are constantly bombarded with information about new products, specifications and design ideas. Surprisingly enough, cellulose insulation is not new; over the last 50-60 years cellulose insulation has been installed in millions of residential and commercial buildings.

What we are seeing is an increasing demand for buildings that are more comfortable, more durable, safer and healthier for the occupants and the environment. Applegate has been contributing to that process for over 50 years!

Applegate Insulation is a high-performance insulation system that has substantial benefits over traditional insulation. There's overwhelming evidence that Applegate Insulation: 

  • Is Environmentally Preferred 
  • Delivers Superior Thermal Performance 
  • Exceeds Safety Standards 
  • Provides Sound Control

Environmentally Preferred

Because Applegate is made from recycled newsprint and requires less energy to manufacture in a process with virtually zero emissions, it qualifies for contribution points in the LEED program—a self-assessing system designed for rating new and existing structures from a whole-building perspective, providing a definitive standard for what constitutes a "green" building. Read about how some insulations are greener than others.


Thermal Performance

With Applegate's high density and custom fit around obstacles like pipes and wiring, Applegate Insulation is able to deliver and maintain its effective R-value against other forms of heat transfer through the building envelope, while a mere 2% in voids and gaps associated with traditional batt insulation can result in an actual decrease in labeled thermal performance by anywhere from 14 – 45%!


Walls insulated with Applegate are extremely fire resistant. In fact, the International Fire Safety Code permits electrical boxes installed on opposite sides of an Applegate-filled wall to be separated by as little as 3.5 inches, while the walls filled with traditional fiberglass insulation require a distance of at least 24 inches between electrical boxes. There's so much more we could say about fire and other safety issues

Sound Control

Because sound is often airborne, it will follow the same paths as air infiltration. But the sprayed-in-place Applegate Insulation creates a monolithic barrier of interlaced, natural fibers, sealing off voids and gaps through which sound easily transmits. Because of this seamless coverage and Applegate's natural high density, Applegate contributes to an excellent STC Rating. 

 STC Ratings

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Applegate Cellulose Insulation®

Class 1 Building Material

Flammability Characteristics

  • Critical radiant Flux: >.12w/cm2
  • Smoldering Combustion: <15%

Environmental Characteristics

  • Fungal Resistant
  • Non-Corrosive
  • Acceptable Odor Emission

Physical Characteristics

  • Thermal Conductivity: R-value of upto 3.8/in
  • Moisture Absorption: <15%

Complies with

  • CPSC Standards 16 CFR 1209 and 1404
  • FTC Standard 16 CFR 460
  • Requirements of the insulation section of CABO Model Entergy Code, BOCA, ICBO and SBCCI building codes
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