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The renovation at 4620 Greene Street is part of a three-year, national partnership between CertainTeed, its parent company Saint-Gobain, and YouthBuild USA in support of the organization’s “Green Initiative.” The initiative gives YouthBuild students the opportunity to build green, energy-efficient and healthy homes, gain sustainable building skills and industry-recognized credentials, as well as develop environmentally focused leadership skills.
To achieve the desired thermal resistance at 4620 Greene Street, West Chester Insulation insulated the wall cavities with 2 inches of CertaSpray and about 3.5 inches of OPTIMA. The homes’ ceilings will also receive the hybrid insulation treatment, with 2 inches of CertaSpray and at least 8 inches of InsulSafe® SP.
“With hybrid insulation systems, you get the same air seal that you would with a wall cavity full of spray foam, but at a significantly lower installed cost,” Hobson says. “This makes it more cost-effective to achieve higher energy efficiency and lower utility bills for the homeowner, two of the main goals of this project.”
Don Pinkney, director of business development and construction at Philadelphia YouthBuild, is already a believer in the CertainTeed hybrid insulation system after witnessing its thermal resistance firsthand.
“We did a project last winter to gain experience working with hybrid insulation systems,” Pinkney says. “After installing the insulation, that house was so tight, we rarely had to turn the heat on to keep the students warm while we worked. It really increased the thermal efficiency of the home.”
The home at 4620 Greene Street had sat vacant and boarded up for 20 years before YouthBuild Philadelphia acquired it in 2010 and began renovating it with an emphasis on sustainability. In addition to the Hybrid Insulation System, CertainTeed also donated several of its roofing, siding, gypsum board, fence and railing products to the project. Expected to be finished in 2013, the home will be sold to a lower-income, first-time homebuyer.
“It was very critical for this home to have high thermal resistance, since it is a lot larger than the houses we typically renovate and we really want to keep utility bills down,” Pinkney adds. “The CertainTeed hybrid insulation system is certainly an important part of this strategy, and we’re grateful to CertainTeed and West Chester Insulation for helping make it possible.”
Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., has helped shape the building products industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed® is North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, foundations, pipe, insulation, gypsum, ceilings and access covers.
A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building products company, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 6,000 employees and more than 65 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. Recognized as a 2009 and 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, CertainTeed earned the 2011 and 2012 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award, the highest level of recognition for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. The group had total sales of approximately $3.2 billion in 2011. www.certainteed.com
YouthBuild is a youth and community development program that simultaneously addresses core issues facing low-income communities--housing, education, employment, crime prevention, and leadership development. In YouthBuild programs, low-income young people ages 16-24 work full-time for 6 to 24 months toward their GEDs or high school diplomas while learning job skills by building affordable, increasingly green, housing for homeless and low-income people and participating in leadership development activities in their communities. For more information, visit www.youthbuild.org.
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In 2011 Dean Moody of Intermountain West Insulation shot a series of short videos on how to prep, net, blow, and finish a perfect BIBS job. This week we're awarding him $500 in prize money for his effort! The BIBCA PR/Marketing Committee and Board of Directors are happy to announce that the tradition will continue until BIBCA rules YouTube with it's amazing videos of BIBS contractors doing quality work. Check out our YouTube channel.
- Videos must be less than 10 minutes in length, but you can submit a series of several videos.
- Video(s) must show proper netting branded with BIBS logo, and proper fiber use by one of our manufacturer partners; Johns Manville, CertainTeed, or Knauf Insulation.
- BIBS HP videos are welcome, showing BIBS using CertainTeed, Convenience Products, or Johns Manville foam - or a combination of Knauf Insulation's Jet Stream Ultra and EcoSeal.
- Narration is preferable, but not mandatory.
- Installers should be wearing appropriate clothing (no x-rated tshirts!) and safety equipment.
- BIBCA must have permission to post your submission on our YouTube channel; your company will be linked to the video.
- You may request that the BIBCA Flip Video camera be shipped to you. The job must be flmed and the camera returned within 2 weeks.
- Previous winners are eligible to continue submitting videos.
- Contest open to all BIBS dealers, but winner must be a current BIBCA member or supporting industry partner.
- Videos can be sent to BIBCA via email, from your phone, on CD or jump drive, or via upload such as DropBox. Send to:
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On April 17th, the Census Bureau released March SF Housing Starts which were 22.7% higher than February 2012 and 8.5% higher than March 2011. March starts are used to develop our April market size in residential new construction. So for fiscal 2012 YTD SF starts have increased 12.9% compared to fiscal 2011 YTD. Regionally, all areas saw improvements over March 2011, and all regions are positive YTD relative to a year ago.
Multi-Family starts were (-4.4%) lower than February 2012, and were 11.0% higher than March 2011. Year to date Multi-Family is +56.1% over last year.
In other related news, builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes declined for the first time in seven months this April, sliding three notches to 25 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). The decline brings the index back to where it was in January, which was the highest level since 2007. Each of the index’s components registered declines in April. The component gauging current sales conditions and the component gauging sales expectations in the next six months fell three points, to 26 and 32, respectively, while the component gauging traffic of prospective buyers fell four points to 18.
“What we’re seeing is essentially a pause in what had been a fairly rapid build-up in builder confidence that started last September,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “This is partly because interest expressed by buyers in the past few months has yet to translate into expected sales activity, but is also reflective of the ongoing challenges that are slowing the housing recovery – particularly tight credit conditions for builders and buyers, competition from foreclosures and problems with obtaining accurate appraisals.”