Wrapping It Up: Insulating the Lower Ninth Ward
CSED Energy Efficiency Coordinator, Vincent Fedeli, and Charles Reddick, the newest member of the CSED team, help Henry Smith, son of Lower Ninth Ward homeowner Edith Smith, continue the insulation of her home. The CSED previously installed radiant barrier in the attic and fiberglass batting insulation underneath the house between the floor joists. The attic and walls were insulated during construction. Last week, the final touch to complete the thermal boundary was the installation of R-Matte Plus-3 rigid foam plastic thermal insulation board composed of closed cell, polyisocyanurate foam underneath the fiberglass insulation. The thermal boundary is the layer in a building enclosure that controls the transfer of energy (heat) between the interior and the exterior. Homeowner Edith Smith will benefit from increased savings on her utility bill and will also enjoy increased comfort in her home.