BaySystems Insulation Used in Affordable Dallas Area Homes
In celebration of its 60th anniversary, History Maker Homes in Dallas/Fort Worth this summer offered 60 new homes with the EnergyWise guaranteed energy-cost saving system. BaySystems spray polyurethane foam insulation was included as standard in the promotion homes.
The Energywise program uses a systems approach to residential insulation applications. It was developed out of collaboration between BaySystems’ spray polyurethane foam insulation business and EnergyWise Structures, one of the nation’s leading thermal engineering firms.
Thermacote Systems, a certified Energywide contractor, applied the Bayseal foam.
“To History Maker Homes, energy efficiency and affordability go hand in hand,” said Nelson Michell, president of the home building company. “We were looking for a vendor that could provide a product for our homes that would make them affordable over the long run. Thermacote’s guaranteed energy-cost savings really got our attention.”
While polyurethane foam insulation systems are more expensive to install than traditional insulation materials, Thermacote offers the Energywise guarantee that home owners will have monthly energy bills that don’t exceed a specified amount for two years.
“First and foremost, we want to offer our customers homes that they can afford,” said Mitchell. “Our homes are priced under $200,000, and we’re the only builder to offer polyurethane foam insulation within that price range.”
Spray polyurethane foam offers several advantages over traditional fiberglass batt insulation, including:
- The ability to expand and fill all cracks when applied, virtually sealing a home from moisture and air leakage.
- The ability to cure within seconds, forming the foundation of a structurally strong, virtually airtight, thermal, sound and condensation barrier.
- Adding structure strength to the building. Independent tests show that spray polyurethane foam provides resistance to shearing and racking events such as hurricanes and other situations in which there are strong winds.
- Reducing the chance of mold growth.
The Energywise systems approach used by Thermacote in its installation involves proper engineering of the entire building package: the mechanical systems, doors and windows, insulation and air infiltration mitigation to work in harmony with the structure’s thermal envelope and local climate conditions.
Using proprietary software to create a detailed energy analysis report from each building plan, the EnergyWise program accurately projects the annual heating and cooling consumption, comparative savings and optimal heating and cooling systems sizing.
BaySystems North America is the polyurethane systems business of Bayer MaterialScience, headquartered in Pittsburgh, and a member of the National Council of the Housing Industry — The Leading Suppliers of NAHB.
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