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Rigid Foam Insulation

Rigid foam insulation can be used anywhere in the building envelope to improve thermal performance, comfort and condensation resistance. The videos in this module illustrate how rigid foam is used for slabs, basement interiors or exteriors, crawlspaces and framed walls.


Video of Rigid Foam Insulation Overview

Overview

Doug Bibee, Residential Technical Specialist for Dow Building Materials, explains the benefits of using insulated foam sheathing to increase energy efficiency and prevent moisture and mold problems.

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Video of Exterior Wall Sheathing

Exterior Wall Sheathing

Wood framing typically constitutes 25% of the surface area of walls, so the proper installation of insulated foam sheathing can prevent thermal bridging and increase a home’s energy efficiency.

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Video of Exterior Basements and Slabs

Exterior Basements and Slabs

When exterior foundation walls are insulated, it helps the concrete stay warm and uses thermal mass properties to help keep the basement warmer. This presentation demonstrates installation methods for exterior insulated foam sheathing.

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Video of Interior Basement and Crawlspaces

Interior Basement and Crawlspaces

Builders can prevent heat loss and moisture problems by installing insulated foam sheathing on the interior walls of a pre-existing basement.

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