Industry Partners Seek to Push the Envelope on High Performance Insulation

Arlington, TX (PRWEB) February 15, 2014

High Performance Insulation Professionals (HPIP), a nonprofit trade association that represents approximately 250 fiberglass insulation contractors across North America, has endorsed air sealing systems from Pro Clima as part of an effort to support the evolution of building efficiency and airtightness. Pro Clima is one of only five companies to receive such an endorsement in the HPIP 2014 Association Prospectus, with nominations determined by the associations Systems Technology Committee and Board of Directors.

Were honored to be endorsed by HPIP, said Floris Keverling Buisman, co-founder of 475 High Performance Building Supply (475), distributor of Pro Clima products for North America in attendance at the HPIP Conference this week in Arlington, Texas. Most importantly, were excited to partner with building professionals that share our goal: transformation of the US construction industry toward high-performance, low-energy, and Passive House buildings.

Our big thing is moving everyone toward offering Grade-1 systems, said Tanner Kinzler, Board Member for HPIP upon release of the 2014 Association Prospectus. As defined by leading home energy expert organization RESNET (Residential Energy Services Network), Grade-1 insulation requires insulation cavities to be sealed on all six sides, and be in contact with sheathing on at least one side. This insulation method is guided by building science standards which stress the importance of air sealing and continuous insulation to create building enclosures that avoid harmful thermal and condensation issues.

According to 475s blog post discussing the endorsement, the most resilient solution in a cold/mixed climate is an interior air barrier and a vapor-open exterior WRB/material with sufficient insulation between the two. Attention to vapor drive and condensation is central to Pro Clima products such as Intello Plus, which is designed to work with blown-in insulation, while providing the ability to change vapor permeability in response to humidity.

Pro Climas products represent the next generation of high performance, ecological building materials, said Mr. Keverling Buisman, we believe theyre an excellent fit for insulation professionals wanting to build a quality product.

Full list of HPIP Pro Clima endorsements include:

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