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 www.insul.net.

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. HealthyStuff.org 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 www.insul.net.

Innovative Energy to show off insulated packaging products at Sweets & Snacks Expo

 

The 2012 Sweets & Snacks Expo takes place in Chicago May 8-10

Innovative Energy will occupy booth No. 287 at the Sweets & Snacks Expo being held at McCormick Place in Chicago May 8-10. A variety of Innovative Energy’s InsulTote(R) line of insulated packaging products will be on display including insulated box liners, pouches and boxes. Samples of these items as well as product brochures will also be available. This year’s Sweets & Snack Expo is expected to be the largest ever, with some 540 companies exhibiting and a total attendance of over 14,000 industry professionals anticipated.

Innovative Energy products are made with a reflective surface which reduces heat loss or gain helping keep your items at a more desirable temperature. Representatives will be on hand to inform attendees about the benefits of reflective insulation and answer questions. For more information on the Sweets & Snacks Expo, visit www.sweetsandsnacks.com. For more information about Innovative Energy’s insulated packaging products, visit www.insul.net or call 800-776-3645.

How do reflective insulation products work in buildings?

Innovative Energy's astroECO reflective insulation

Radiant heat is one of the three ways that heat is transferred, and it is the primary mode of heat transfer in buildings. It occurs when infrared rays cross air spaces from one surface to another. Whereas mass insulation slows down heat transfer, reflective insulation and radiant barrier products feature a highly reflective film that can block up to 97 percent of radiant heat transfer, therefore improving overall thermal performance.

Reflective insulation products incorporate the insulating qualities of trapped air spaces in the core material sandwiched between the two reflective surfaces to create a material that reduces heat transfer. Radiant barriers typically come in sheets with a highly reflective surface on one or both sides, depending upon the application.

The main difference between a radiant barrier and a reflective insulation product relates to the way in which it is installed. Reflective insulations are typically installed within cavities that incorporate air spaces between the insulation and the cavity materials, as in a wall. Radiant barriers are typically installed with one reflective surface facing a large open air space, such as in an attic. To learn more, click here.

Overall benefits of reflective insulation and radiant barrier products include:

  • Reduced energy consumption and costs
  • Improved interior comfort
  • Thin and lightweight products
  • Easy and safe to install; no special tools or protective clothing required
  • Products available for virtually any 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 www.insul.net.