The companies say the co-branded alliance combines the performance of Pink fiberglass insulation with AeroBarrier (a building envelope air sealing technology) “to create a tight building envelope that simplifies the build process and makes it easier to meet increasingly strict energy codes.”
“Recognized by the International Builders’ Show as Best in Show and Most Innovative Product, AeroBarrier is a game-changing aerosol envelope sealing system using approximately five gallons of low VOC, non-toxic waterborne acrylic mist, compared to a manual process of applying different caulks, tapes, membranes, gaskets and/or applying up to 100 gallons or more of regulated chemicals in the form of spray foam,” says Amit Gupta, Aeroseal’s CEO. “Feedback from builders and contractors has been very positive.”
The two-step installation process takes less than four hours, the companies say, beginning with Pink fiberglass or blown-in insulation to local code requirements. AeroBarrier can then be applied at the rough-in stage or after drywall is completed and before finishing to ensure all pipe and electrical penetrations are sealed as the aerosol particles automatically seek out and find air gaps and holes in the pressurized envelope.
Owens Corning and AeroBarrier says the system delivers “the highest guaranteed performance and the most cost-effective air and thermal solution that will measure and seal building envelope to a precise level of performance.”
“The bottom line is that Owens Corning was blown away by this new envelope sealing technology and has decided to market it as a game/changing one-two punch together with their Pink Fiberglas insulation,” a company spokesman says. “Together, the two products offer several industry firsts that, like spray foam insulation before it, may very well change the way homes are being built”
The benefits are many, the companies claim: It allows users to measure and seal to a precise level of tightness; offers the highest guaranteed envelope sealing performance of any alternative; and replaces labor intensive, chemical-heavy process with single application-non toxic alternative. It’s the easiest and most cost-effective solution, the companies add, and is a computer-controlled application that replaces iffy manual sealing.
“This is the only system offering builders guaranteed thermal performance for the life of the home and dialed-in performance to meet specific builder targets backed by guaranteed air changes per hour,” said Carmelo Carrubba, vice president of insulation strategic marketing, Owens Corning. “Combining the air sealing and insulating expertise from two trusted brands enables builders to achieve desired performance targets using a smarter, safer and faster building envelope solution.”