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.

Cook-off time at Innovative Energy

Winners of Innovative Energy's cook-off
Lisa Sizemore (middle) won first place in the guacamole cook-off while Tammy Snyder (left) came in second place and Wendy Brownewell (right) came in third place.

We may not be in the food industry, (although we do offer insulated packaging products for those who are) but Innovative Energy employees sure can cook. This was evident at yesterday’s company potluck where an array of dishes, including tacos, salsas, rice and bean dip – not to mention the desserts – were enjoyed.

What was the occasion? Just a good old-fashioned cook-off. The featured dish – Guacamole.

Guacamole dishes
There were five entries in the guacamole cook-off. The winning recipes can be seen in this photo as numbers 1, 5 and 4 respectively.

Five employees decided to throw their best guacamole recipe into the mix to see who would be crowned this year’s cook-off champion. With only one vote left to be tallied, Lisa Sizemore, sales assistant in the Commercial Division, and Tammy Snyder, executive director of the Packaging Division, were tied for first place.

The last vote put Sizemore ahead and she was awarded the big spoon – our cook-off trophy. Snyder walked away with second place while Wendy Brownewell, logistics manager, picked up third.

Innovative Energy offers the most complete line of reflective insulation products — from building insulation products to materials for OEM and packaging applications. With a wealth of technical expertise, company representatives are always available to direct customers to the products that best fulfill their needs and requirements. For more information, call 800-776-3645 or visit www.insul.net.

Home Insulation Kits talks reflective insulation and radiant barriers

Jim Kouns of Home Insulation Kits speaks about reflective insulation and radiant barriers at the NWI Green Building Alliance seminar.

Late last week, the Northwest Indiana Green Building Alliance held a free seminar highlighting HVAC systems and radiant barriers, as well as renewable energy options. At the seminar, Jim Kouns of Home Insulation Kits gave a presentation that focused on the applications and efficiencies of reflective insulation and radiant barriers.

Kouns cited a chart depicting energy consumption in residential buildings created by the Department of Energy. He then went on to discuss how reflective insulation and radiant barriers can help control radiant heat loss or gain in numerous residential applications. The applications Kouns touched on most were basement ceilings, HVAC duct work, garage doors, hot water heaters and crawlspaces. To learn more about using reflective insulation and radiant barriers in residential buildings, click here.

Kouns was well received by the audience and answered questions throughout his presentation from intrigued members of the crowd; nearly all of whom stopped at his display table to gather more information before leaving the event.

Home Insulation Kits, owned and operated by the Kouns family since 2009, is a distributor of Innovative Energy’s residential building insulation products. For more information, contact Home Insulation Kits at 219-508-3377, or stay connected with them on Facebook.