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Rock Wool Old Dog New Tricks?
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I've been reading a lot of info from Europe on rock wool. It is claimed to be close in R-value to foam and much greener with open vapor. I am interested in using for exterior and basement insulation.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jose Macho Feb 6, 2013.

 

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Richard Scott Mills commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post Code Conflict Between 2012 IRC and 2012 IECC
"This shows the need to bring ERV/HRV into the home building code. Balanced pressure and tempered fresh air should be a no brainer for code writers. "
Jun 22, 2013
Richard Scott Mills replied to Doug Horgan's discussion Geothermal real-world performance
"What is the name of the system? Any info on the home?"
Apr 18, 2013
Richard Scott Mills replied to Doug Horgan's discussion Geothermal real-world performance
"Best practice put your investment into sealing and insulation. One time cost that can bring your heating/cooling down by 90% with proper orientation. Mini split for heat/cool and ERV/HRV for IAQ. Simple cost effective without having to go into…"
Apr 18, 2013
Richard Scott Mills commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post 14 Design Don’ts for High Performance Homes
"Chris passive house is good in all climates. I keep my beer cold in a insulated cooler when I go to the desert in the summer."
Feb 20, 2013
Richard Scott Mills commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post 14 Design Don’ts for High Performance Homes
"The best first step is to learn about basic PassiveHouseUSA remedies. Extremely low air infiltration (.5 ACH @ 50  pascals), high insulation (R-50), fresh air ventilation (HRV or ERV). HP buildings can be built a no to low…"
Feb 18, 2013
Jose Macho replied to Richard Scott Mills's discussion Rock Wool Old Dog New Tricks?
"I have not used Roxul for exterior applications- only airsealing and basements. Check their website as I believe Roxul offers additional products specifically for exterior applications"
Feb 6, 2013
Richard Scott Mills replied to Richard Scott Mills's discussion Rock Wool Old Dog New Tricks?
"Thanks Jose For exterior application do you attach directly or with drainage plane?"
Feb 6, 2013
Jose Macho replied to Richard Scott Mills's discussion Rock Wool Old Dog New Tricks?
"I have used a few brands of rigid batts for air sealing and found the Roxul brand better. Roxul is more dense and easier to cut  and we use it frequently for air sealing in areas where foam will not work and some chase areas. Most…"
Feb 5, 2013
George J. Nesbitt replied to Richard Scott Mills's discussion Rock Wool Old Dog New Tricks?
"Rock wool is available in rigid product, with various densities, depending on application. There is a product designed as drain board for foundations. It's available in pipe insulation, batts, and blown in. Although you may have a hard time…"
Feb 4, 2013
Bud Poll replied to Richard Scott Mills's discussion Rock Wool Old Dog New Tricks?
"Hi Richard, I'm not sure about your reference to "Ridgid" rock wool. I'm somewhat familiar with Roxul which is a high density cavity insulation and I like it. As for basements, there are SO MANY other considerations, but yes, for…"
Feb 4, 2013
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Rock Wool Old Dog New Tricks?

I've been reading a lot of info from Europe on rock wool. It is claimed to be close in R-value to foam and much greener with open vapor. I am interested in using for exterior and basement insulation. Does anyone have experience using rigid rock wool? Thanks.See More
Feb 4, 2013
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Rock Wool Old Dog New Tricks

I've been reading a lot of info from Europe on rock wool. It is claimed to be close in R-value to foam and much greener with open vapor. I am interested in using for exterior and basement insulation. Does anyone have experience using rigid rock wool? Thanks.See More
Jan 31, 2013
Richard Scott Mills commented on Igor Zhadanovsky's blog post Bang for the buck: deep-energy retrofit approach
"Thank you Ted. Great response!"
Jan 15, 2013
Richard Scott Mills commented on Igor Zhadanovsky's blog post Bang for the buck: deep-energy retrofit approach
"Igor Plz give your best answer to the arguments you've been making on a national scale. What would/are you doing and what do you see as the final solution for the built environment in lowering energy use.  Mr. Anschel article is about…"
Jan 14, 2013
Richard Scott Mills commented on Igor Zhadanovsky's blog post Bang for the buck: deep-energy retrofit approach
"Guys  Let's try this one more time. Energy upgrades are NOT energy efficiency upgrades. The $93 million was spent on standard rehab and replacement of worn out equipment. The additional $13 million was the cost of making the…"
Jan 13, 2013
Richard Scott Mills commented on Igor Zhadanovsky's blog post Bang for the buck: deep-energy retrofit approach
"Igor  Your right there is no cost to savings comparison on each up-grade. The best I can tell you is that the capital budget for energy related projects was $93 million with no energy savings with additional $13 million (invested into…"
Jan 12, 2013

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Rock Wool Old Dog New Tricks

I've been reading a lot of info from Europe on rock wool. It is claimed to be close in R-value to foam and much greener with open vapor. I am interested in using for exterior and basement insulation. Does anyone have experience using rigid rock wool? Thanks.

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At 11:22am on December 27, 2012, James White said…

Hello Richard,

Would you mind sharing some photos of your home in Colorado?  It sounds very energy efficient and sustainable.

Jim White

At 1:42pm on January 17, 2012, Diane Chojnowski said…

Hi Richard,

Welcome to Home Energy Pros! Feel free to join the conversation in the Forum and Groups. And share your energy efficiency photos, videos and upcoming events. If you're blogging about home performance, this is the place for you!

Don't forget to upload your profile photo. And add your location on our Member Map!


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