AstroBoard Installation on Building

astro_board_logoAstroBoard Reflective Insulation System consists of a “nominal” layer of 2.2lb density Polystyrene foam, sandwiched between a highly reflective film surface on one side, and a white polyethylene UV protected film on the other side.

It is ideal for retro-fitting existing pole barns, metal buildings, ceilings and walls as well as a material for insulating in new construction. Adding AstroBoard to your building improves the insulation value of the building envelope and can significantly increase its energy efficiency.

Check out AstroBoard’s feature in Retrofit Magazine or our website for more information, free quotes and samples!

Installing radiant barriers, factors that impact effectiveness

Heat shield radiant barrier
R+HEATSHIELD radiant barrier can reduce energy costs of a building.

There are several important things commercial and residential building owners can do to reduce energy costs of a building or structure. When insulating a home or adding commercial insulation, it is critical to be sure to install the recommended amount of insulation. In many parts of the U.S., installing a radiant barrier can add significant resistance to the transfer of radiant heat coming from the sun.

A radiant barrier is usually installed on the underside of the roof, to help reduce the flow of radiant heat— the kind of heat transfer that you can feel, such as when the sun shines on your skin. Keeping radiant heat from entering the living space can significantly reduce the air conditioning load of the building as well as improve the comfort of non-conditioned structures.

Factors that impact radiant barrier effectiveness:

  • Climate: Areas that require a lot of cooling will provide the best return on investment
  • Attic insulation: As a general rule, the more insulation in an attic, the less effective a radiant barrier will be
  • Location of ductwork: Radiant barrier systems generate greater savings when HVAC ductwork is located in the attic
  • Installation of the barrier: Radiant barriers are subject to the same guidelines as all building materials – correct installation is required for maximum performance

Radiant barrier material costs tend to be low – around 19 cents per square foot – but installation can add anywhere from 35 cents to $1 per square foot on top of that. Owners should shop around and compare prices and reviews when selecting a contractor to perform the work. Your contractor should be able to supply you with results from tests conducted according to ASTM International that will verify performance of the radiant barrier you’ve selected.

Types of radiant barriers

  • Sheet radiant barrier, the most common type on the market, consists of a low-e, (emissive), highly reflective metalized film, laminated to one or both sides of a substrate that can be of another reinforced film, bubble film or foam. The product is most often stapled to the underside of a roof or across the rafters. Single-sided products should be installed with the reflective surface facing the interior (inside) of the attic. A floor installation requires a perforated product so as to not trap moisture in insulation underneath it. These barriers should only be installed on the floor as a last resort since dust accumulation over time will reduce their effectiveness
  • Interior radiation-control coating systems (IRCCS) are applied as a liquid to the underside of a roof with either a brush or sprayer and are ideal for oddly shaped roofs or attics. Consumers should expect an energy savings of 1 percent to 7 percent. Some IRCCS coatings are designed for exterior walls. While no standard exists for these products, payback will be affected by trees or other features that block the sun’s rays from the side of a home.
  • Reflective insulation consists of a core material with one or more outside layers of low-e metalized film. The core can consist of bubble films, foam or kraft sheets that entrap air spaces. When these products are installed in open applications like an attic, they are considered radiant barriers. When they are installed within cavities with air spaces on one or both sides of the material, they are considered reflective insulations. Reflective insulation products can be used along with other foam and mass type insulation materials to help achieve higher system R-values.

As with many products, independent claims for performance of radiant barriers can be exaggerated and it is important for customers to investigate claims that seem questionable. For radiant barriers and reflective insulation products, a good information resource is the Reflective Insulation Manufacturers International Association – You can also learn more by visiting our website at, or fill out our Simple Request Form to request a free quote or samples.

Reflective insulation is ideal for agricultural buildings

Agricultural building insulation
Reflective insulation makes a great choice for insulating livestock buildings.

Keeping farm animals comfortable with proper insulation is essential to making sure they stay healthy and productive. This is why reflective insulation and radiant barriers make great choices for insulating livestock housing – such as stables, poultry houses, and hog and dairy barns.

Not only will reflective insulation keep farm animals warm in the winter and cool in the summer, it can also improve natural lighting and increase the longevity of your building by reducing building condensation. Reflective products are lightweight, environmentally friendly and non-toxic, making them safe and easy to install.

Already have insulation in your building? Mass insulation material like fiberglass and foam merely slow down the transfer of heat; they do not reflect heat away, nor do they keep it in. Reflective insulation and radiant barriers can be used in combination with other forms of insulation to form a hybrid insulation system. This hybrid system will improve the efficiency of the building envelope since up to 94 percent of radiant heat transfer can be blocked with the addition of a reflective surface.

Learn more about installing reflective insulation and radiant barriers in farm and livestock buildings on the Agricultural Building Insulation page of our website, which includes installation guidelines and product specifications, or give us a call at 800-776-3645.

Reflective insulation, radiant barriers pay off

Innovative Energy's AstroShield reflective insulation

With most of the U.S. still suffering from the record-breaking high temperatures, it seems only fitting to take a closer look at how reflective insulation and radiant barriers can help us keep cool and save money during the dog days of summer.

When radiant heat strikes the surface of a building the temperature of that surface increases as the radiant heat is absorbed. Mass insulation merely slows down the transfer of this heat to the interior of the building, but Innovative Energy’s reflective insulation and radiant barrier products feature highly reflective surfaces that can block up to 94 percent of radiant heat transfer. With this heat being reflected away from the building rather than absorbed, the amount of energy required to keep interior spaces cooler and more comfortable is significantly reduced.

Overall benefits of reflective insulation and radiant barrier products include:

  • Reduced energy consumption and costs
  • Improved interior comfort
  • Thin, lightweight products are easy and safe to install; no special equipment required
  • Products available for virtually any type of structure

Innovative Energy offers the most complete line of reflective insulation products — from products for the building industry to materials for OEM and packaging applications. With a wealth of technical expertise, Innovative Energy representatives are always available to direct customers to the products that best fulfill their needs and requirements.

For more information about Innovative Energy or reflective insulation products, call 800-776-3645 or visit

Toxic chemicals in child car seats – Reflective insulation product can help reduce exposure

Car Seat Insulation
Car Seat Sun Shield

A child’s car seat, a device intended to protect children, may actually put them at risk of being exposed to toxic chemicals. The Ecology Center, a nonprofit consumer environmental organization, released a study last year which found that over half of 2011 child car seats contained at least one dangerous chemical.

The Ecology Center tested more than 150, 2011-model car seats for bromine, chlorine, lead and other harmful chemicals that have been linked to allergies, birth defects, impaired learning, liver toxicity, and cancer. laid out the details of the research released by the Ecology Center in this media release (scroll about halfway down). CBS News and MSN have also reported on the hazardous chemicals found in child car seats.

The Ecology Center also discovered that heat and UV-ray exposure in cars can accelerate the breakdown of these dangerous chemicals and possibly increase their toxicity. After learning of this, Innovative Energy, a reflective insulation company located in Indiana, designed a product to fit over the car seat that will help reduce the transfer of radiant heat and prevent extreme temperature fluctuation.

The Car Seat Sun Shield fits over most car seats and protects them while not in use, then folds effortlessly into a compact size for easy storage. Another parent-friendly aspect of the product is that its lightweight design allows for easy handling by parents who – surprise – only have one free hand.

Here are some recommendations from the Ecology Center that will also help reduce your child’s exposure to harmful chemicals found in car seats:

• Don’t let infants nap in car seats and prolong chemical exposure;

• Vacuum vehicles frequently to remove dangerous chemical dust; and

• Keep car seats out of direct UV rays and heat

Innovative Energy has been a leader in developing energy-conserving products through reflective technology since 1980. From products for the building industry to materials for automotive, agricultural and packaging applications, the company offers the most complete line of reflective products.

For more information about Innovative Energy or the Car Seat Sun Shield, call 800-776-3645 or visit