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In 2005 Allpro Technology was contacted by a local insulation contractor to design an estimating and job tracking software. Working very closely with this and several other insulation contractors, we spent the next four years developing and fine tuning what has now become Allpro Insulator.
We realized the potential our product has to help insulation contractors everywhere, so we started marketing and selling Allpro Insulator across the United States and Canada. We also started a tradition of releasing a new version of Allpro Insulator every year, in which we added new features based on customer requests and feedback.
Today, Allpro Insulator is a robust and complete job tracking and estimation tool, but we continue to press forward with new features that strive to make your job easier. Our ultimate goal is to keep Allpro Insulator up to date with current insulation products and procedures, and to make you feel like we designed our software specifically for your business and its needs.
Whether you use cellulose, foam, or fiberglass insulation, or are a residential, commercial, or mechanical contractor - Allpro Insulator can handle it all! No annual subscription or Internet connection required.
Features and Benefits
Customer Management and Leads
Your business, like any other business, starts and stops with your customers. Keeping your customers’ information in one place is the first step we take to keeping you organized. Second, we share that information with everyone in your office who has access to Allpro Insulator. Finally, we give you tools to record notes, conversations, emails, and to set reminders for yourself to follow up with potential leads. These reminders will free your mind from remembering to follow up so you can focus on the tasks at hand. Then when it’s time to take measurements for an estimate, one click will give you directions via Google Maps!
When you are on-site to take measurements and give a quote, it won’t matter whether your client is in the city or out in the country - you will never have to worry about being outside your wireless provider’s range. That’s because Allpro Insulator runs entirely on your computer, independent of your Internet access. So forget about tethering to your phone or driving to find a better signal. Simply turn your laptop on and begin entering measurements.
Want to speed up estimation even more? By taking measurements with a laser measuring device like the Disto D8 or D330i, you can measure with an accuracy up to 1 mm and tag your measurements based on the job, package, and type of insulation needed for the measured area. Then, you can import the measurements into Allpro Insulator, which will convert your raw data into a full estimate that can either be adjusted or immediately printed.
Or you can speed up estimation by integrating blueprint takeoff software to your workflow. Simply take measurements based off a scanned blueprint, import the measurements to Allpro Insulator, and again the raw data will be converted into a full estimate.
Sure, 6” of insulation will give your customer’s attic sufficient insulation, but 10” would be even better. But is your customer the kind of person who values saving money in the short term, or saving heating costs in the long term?
With Allpro Insulator, you don’t have to guess your customer’s preferences anymore. With a few clicks you can offer upgrades to individual line items which can be approved or rejected by your customer.
Beyond this, you can even separate your estimate into different packages that can be approved or rejected. One package can be offered for insulating their house, and an optional package can be offered for their garage - however you want to divide things up.
The result is this: increased detail and additional options let your customer feel they are in control, and by offering upgrades you increase your profitability.
Once your quote has been approved, you need to manually copy-paste the information into QuickBooks and… kidding! Not only is double-entry inefficient, it’s error-prone, and quite frankly you have better things to do with your time.
That’s why Allpro Insulator fully integrates with QuickBooks, allowing you to export your customers, jobs, and items, so you can manage the billing from QuickBooks. This shortens the time involved in your accounting process.
We know any amount of features we list wouldn’t help but the smallest companies if you couldn’t sync all your information across multiple computers. We also know that one size doesn’t always fit everyone, which is why we offer three different strategies for keeping your computers in sync.
The first option you have is to keep all your computers in an office together. One computer will hold Allpro Insulator’s database, while the other computers will access it over the network from the Allpro Insulator program. This option is usually ideal for desktop computers which never leave the office.
The second option keeps Allpro Insulator’s database on a main office computer, but also allows laptops and tablets to keep their own copy of Allpro Insulator’s database locally. When the laptops leave the office, they use their own database, and when they return, they sync their information back to the main database.
The final option is for all your computers to keep a copy of Allpro Insulator’s database locally, and syncing will be done over the Internet using Allpro’s Cloud servers. This last syncing option offers the greatest flexibility, as sales reps never have to return to the office to syn. This option is also the most expensive as it requires an annual fee for using our online syncing service.
• Inventory tracking and restock projection
• Shared calendaring
• Job sheets and checklists
• Projected vs actual profit reports
• Dozens of invoice templates
• 100+ reports
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As long as the following BIBS and BIBS HP parameters are met, and local code requirements are followed, the BIBS HP system can be installed in a basement application:
1) An approved closed-cell foam from the following manufacturers, installed at the correct thickness:
BASF Polyurethane Foam
Convenience Products Closed Cell
* NOTE: only Convenience Products and Certa-Spray are endorsed members of BIBCA
2) An approved glass fiber from the following manufacturers, installed to the correct density:
CertainTeed’s SP (at a 2.3 lb density)
CertainTeed’s Optima (at a 1.8lb density)
Johns Manville’s Climate Pro (at a 2.3 lb. density)
Johns Manville’s Spider (at a 1.8 lb density)
Knauf Jet Stream Ultra (at a 1.8 lb density)
3) The fiberglass must be blown behind the BIBS®, BIBS HP® fabric.
It can only be secured through the R-Factor office in Aurora, CO, or one of its direct, approved, distributors.
4) There must be in installation of a Class II vapor retarder on the warm side of the wall configuration per code requirements.
5) The BIBS HP® system can only be installed by a trained, tested and certified BIBS®-BIBS HP® Contractor in good standing (current contract and certification on file at the R-Factor/BIBS office in Aurora Colorado)
If all of the above criteria is met, then it’s an approved BIBS HP® application.
codes MUST be followed in each area. BIBS in no way implies that every municipality accepts foam below grade/on concrete walls as a standard. Check with local city code offices to make sure there is no restrictions as far as this application on concrete/below grade.
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Blow In Blanket Systems
Heavy or massive objects like masonry, earth, and water can hold a lot of heat. Because of this capacity to act as a heat source
(warming their surroundings) or a heat sink (drawing heat from and cooling their surroundings), materials with thermal mass affect
comfort both indoors and out. Buildings in climates with large diurnal (day–night) temperature swings, like the high-elevation Southwest, offer a classic example of the time-lag effect of thermal mass. Adobe and other types of masonry walls absorb intense daytime heat, keeping temperatures comfortable inside. During the cold night, the walls pour out their accumulated heat, keeping the inside warm. By morning, the walls,if they are designed correctly, can again absorb the daytime heat.
In most of North America, under most conditions, temperatures vary over the course of 24 hours but stay either above or below
the comfort level. Heating or cooling is then necessary for most buildings, so building a tight envelope with materials that insulate
well, or have a high R-value, should be the top priority.
Do materials with high thermal mass also insulate well? Some manufacturers would like us to think so, wielding a metric called
“effective R-value” as evidence. And indeed, the time-lag provided by thermal mass saves energy in some climate conditions, but
the effect is very circumstantial. As a more general rule, the most effective thermal storage materials are fairly good conductors and thus poor insulators. A thermal mass like poured concrete insulates poorly with R-0.08 per inch, (compared with an R-4.2 for BIBS). But even in climates where insulation is the priority, buildings can use thermal mass. For example, night-flush cooling and passive solar heating can be viable strategies in the same location during different seasons. Using thermal mass on the interior of a well-insulated building envelope aids both strategies because the mass can absorb solar heat during the day and release it at night.
Many uses of thermal mass can reduce energy consumption and improve comfort. In buildings that are only occupied sporadically,
however, it is often more efficient to minimize the interior mass so they can warm up (or cool down) quickly when needed. Also,
thermal mass can be expensive and space-intensive, so architects and builders tend to use it where it can also serve other functions: as structure, as a durable interior surface like flooring, or in a heating system like a masonry stove.
Source: “Thermal Mass: What It Is and When It Improves Comfort.” November 2007; http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2007/10/30/Thermal-Mass-What-It-Is-and-When-It-Improves-Comfort
Good article forwarded to our office. Thanks Randy!
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