It’s easy to increase your R-Value beyond R-10 code minimums while maintaining the engineered benefits of continuous InSoFast panels. Simply layer rigid foam insulation board over top of InSoFast panels, a technique we’ve dubbed InSoFast PLUS. This saves money by utilizing locally obtained rigid foam to enhance the R-Value. Additionally, PLUS projects can be completed in a fraction of the amount of time because they start with a base of feature-rich, low-labor InSoFast panels.
Added R-Value with InSoFast PLUS
You can use either UX 2.0 or EX 2.5 panels to develop an InSoFast PLUS wall – giving you the ability to go from R-8.5 to R-21.
- Embedded studs provide a continuous insulation (CI) barrier, eliminating thermal bridging which is a crucial task for modern construction.
- Add any amount of rigid foam over the InSoFast base panels to acheive any desired R-Value.
- Solid attachment can be achieved simply with adhesives. If preferred, they can be drilled or nailed.
- Interlocking panels bridge over wall deviations to help level and plumb the wall.
- Ventilated air channels control over moisture that can enter exposed masonry to allow for quicker drying.
- Pre-engineered electrical raceways enable the insulation shield to stay complete and intact.
|PLUS System**||UX 2.0 PLUS (Complete wall assembly*)||EX 2.5 PLUS (Complete wall assembly*)|
|InSoFast PLUS ½” Rigid Foam @ R-2.5||R-11.0 (R-13.58)||R-12.5 (R-15.08)|
|InSoFast PLUS ¾” Rigid Foam @ R-3.75||R-12.25 (R-14.83)||R-13.75 (R-16.33)|
|InSoFast PLUS 1″ Rigid Foam @ R-5.0||R-13.5 (R-16.08)||R-15.0 (R-17.58)|
|InSoFast PLUS 1½” Rigid Foam @ R-7.5||R-16.0 (R-18.58)||R-17.5 (R-20.08)|
|InSoFast PLUS 2″ Rigid Foam @ R-10||R-18.5 (R-21.08)||R-20.0 (R-22.58)|
InSoFast PLUS in Action
At an award-winning project in North Dakota, the developer wanted additional insulation without sacrificing interior space. They chose InSoFast to be directly install onto the masonry wall with an additional 1″ rigid insulation board placed on top to increase the R-Value to meet the local energy code requirements. It was a labor-saver for this fast track retrofit project.
The InSoFast panels were installed first so the studs would be securely fastened to the concrete substrate. The 1″ rigid foam was installed over top with the InSoFast stud locations marked on the floor and ceiling prior to adding the drywall. To attach the drywall, they used all-purpose 2″ drywall screws to penetrate through the drywall and rigid foam into the InSoFast studs.
Importance of Continuous Insulation
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standard 90.1 defines continuous insulation (CI) as
insulation that is continuous across all structural members without thermal bridges other than fasteners and service openings. It is installed on the interior, exterior, or is integral to any opaque surface of the building envelope.
In cavity insulation systems, traditional stud framing can account for at least 25% of wall space. When the studs are uninsulated, there is enough thermal bridging to drop the R-Value from 19 to 12.5 – nearly a 35% loss, which can render any additional layers of insulation useless.
Building codes have higher requirements for cavity insulation to make up for the uninsulated studs or framing members. That is why basement wall code reads 10/13 in many climate zones. It can be R-10 continuous insulated sheathing on the interior or exterior of the home or R-13 cavity insulation along the interior of the basement wall.
See Finding your Climate Zone and Energy Requirements for more information.
Changing Energy Codes
New building codes are increasing R-Values minimums every 3-5 years so that new houses are will not be obsolete or un-affordable 30 years from now due to escalating energy prices. The projected codes for 2030 demand R-Values up to R-30 and the push toward net-zero housing is becoming a reality. While these codes are well-intentioned, they don’t always figure a return on investment into the calculation.
To prepare for rising costs and changing energy environments, you may need to exceed your current local energy codes. See the links at the bottom of this page for information on Climate Zones and changes to the International Energy Conservation Codes (IECC).
- InSoFast Panel R-Value Report, Stork Twin City Testing (PDF, 38kb)
- An InSoFast PLUS Project receives the ABC’s Award for Excellence in Construction (PDF, 266kb)
- Energy Loss due to a Thermal Bridge (Mass Energy Lab Blog)
- Musings of an Energy Nerd: An Overview of the 2012 Energy Code (Green Building Advisor Blog)
- Building Science Corporation: A Bridge too Far (PDF, 1.16Mb)
- Find your Climate Zone and Energy Requirements 2009 (US Department of Energy)
- Department of Energy: Guide to Changes between 2009 and 2012 IECC (PDF, 344kb)
- RESNET: What are the Big Changes IECC 2009 and 2012 (PDF, 6.19Mb)