Construction General

Cellulose Anyone?

Another delivery arrived yesterday and the team quickly found space to store an ENTIRE TRUCKFULL of Cel-Pak Cellulose Insulation.  This is the stuff we’re going to be blowing into our walls until it’s densely packed enough to provide R-values that are through the roof!  The R-value, for those of you who may not know, is a measure of the efficiency of insulation or more scientifically the “thermal resistance” of a material (its resistance to heat flow.)  According to their website, using cel-pak can save a homeowner up to 40% on heating and cooling compared to fiberglass insulation!

Up close you can kind of start to figure out what cellulose insulation actual is – newsprint!  National Fiber uses overprint newspapers that it treats with borate to discourage pests and mold while also giving the material its Class A fire rating.  Some of the plastic wrap split open on one bundle and and I found a “the” in the mix!

To get all of the bundles off of the truck we formed a human chain to stack the bundles on wheeled palettes.  Here’s an action shot of Mel and Eric pushing the load to a corner of the shop where we stacked it.

Maybe the next house should use Cel-Pak bundles as bricks!  For now they can serve as a fort for the shop.

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