Efficient use of energy has arrived at the forefront of building design. More and more jurisdictions are adopting and utilizing the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC – https://codes.iccsafe.org/app/book/toc/2015/I-Codes/2015%20IECC%20HTML/index.html).
The IECC requirements are put in place to promote the conservation of energy, which (when done right) can result in a significant net savings in monthly heating and cooling expenses.
There is now an insulation available in a one-inch-thickness with an R-50 value!
R-50 Systems, LLC, launched a new-to-market, 1″ thick vacuum-sealed, patented and certified R-50 value insulation. This high-performance product not only delivers government mandated R-values in the slimmest profile ever, but it is a green, sustainable, ultra-thin insulation solution with measurable advantages over alternative products.
Conventional insulation requires thicknesses of up to 15″ to reach an R-Value of 50. R-50 Systems’ Rich-E-Board™ provides this same R value at 1″. The ultra-thin, lightweight design decreases costs of building modifications and structural retrofits, while creating more usable space for living and/or operations. Because Rich-E-Board is cut-to-spec, it can be used in any and all building and wall applications with little wasted material.
Rich-E-Board’s total cost of ownership and installation is far less than that of traditional insulation. Although the upfront rates per square foot of alternative products are lower, R-50 Systems has cut the total costs of 100,000 sq. ft. projects by more than 20%.
Rich-E-Board™ is 99% recyclable, reusable, and reclaimable, reducing the amount of landfill waste by over 8 times. GSA simulations have shown that this product can reduce electric and gas bills by 8% and 10%, respectively.
“Our vision was to solve the dilemma of high R-value mandates and the limitations posed by space constraints, which we have more than achieved,” says Joanne Collins, President and CEO of R-50 Systems, LLC. “Rich-E-Board is without a doubt a better way of envisioning, planning, and constructing a building.”
My take on it… when it comes to insulation, it just doesn’t get any better than that.