Reflective Insulation – Study Changes Performance Perception: Performance and Value Proves To Be Cost Effective and More Energy Efficient Than Other Insulation Systems
Auburndale, FL – A recent economic evaluation study of insulation systems for block-wall construction revealed that reflective insulation is the most cost effective insulation system. The information accumulated by R& D Services out of Cookeville, Tennessee, revealed that reflective insulation provides a better value proposition due to its adequate thermal performance on R-value and because of its low cost per R-value when compared to the other insulation systems in the study. Additionally, reflective insulation provides greater energy savings and payback because of its lower installation cost and greater annual savings in heating and cooling expenses. The result is a win win for both contractors and consumers.
“Block-wall construction is common in Florida residences which require thermal insulation to moderate heating and cooling costs,” states Fi-Foil’s Bill Lippy, Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer. “Due to the mass of a masonry wall, less insulation is required as opposed to frame wall construction. The savings realized from the addition of reflective insulation are significant. This study reinforces that fact.”
The study used weather data from five Florida cities, which included Jacksonville, Panama City, Orlando, Tampa & Miami. Samples of 7 different one-story masonry block wall structures were used, each constructed with a distinct insulation system. Two of the 7 walls used a reflective insulation system. While both reflective insulation wall units outperformed the other samples in the study, the wall using R-7 reflective insulation, like Fi-Foil’s VR Plus Shield and RBI Shield, demonstrated the best value in calculated simple pay back
Fi-Foil® Company, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest developers, manufacturers and distributors of high-quality reflective insulation, radiant barriers and facings for residential, commercial and agricultural buildings. Their complete line of energy- efficient products is used across the country by some of the top home builders and insulation contractors.
Fi-Foil® is firmly committed to the principles of sustainable construction, including energy conservation, life-cycle performance, and minimal landfill impact. Their radiant barrier and reflective insulation products are Energy Star® compliant and meet or exceed various performance and code criteria established by national, regional and local governing bodies. For detailed information about the Fi-Foil® Company, Inc. and all its product offerings, visit their web site at www.fifoil.com