Chapter 1 – Insulation

Outline of Chapter 1 in the book Zero Carbon Home

Chapter 1: Insulation

How insulation works, how it can save you a lot of money, how it cuts your carbon-dioxide emissions, and how to get it mostly paid for by the government.

The photograph above shows ten inches of new pink fiberglass insulation being installed in between the joists on our flat roof. This makes the roof R30. This was done before the solar panels were installed. The grey boards at the top of the picture are the rigid foam “ISO Boards” that will go on top of the joists. There are two layers of ISO boards each two inches thick. This adds R20 to the roof making it in total R50, which is very well insulated.

The following are the section titles within the chapter Insulation in Zero Carbon Home:

Why install insulation?

How insulation works.

How much insulation do I need?

Insulating the basement.

Other opportunities to insulate in the basement – insulating hot-water pipes and exposed ductwork

Insulating the walls – opportunistically

How much does insulation cost and how much money can I save?

How much can insulation cut my carbon footprint?

Going Zero. Summary of the fab four so far.

If you found this page intriguing you will almost certainly find the book, Zero Carbon Home,  helpful. It is written in an easy-to-read style backed by a rigorous scientific approach and detailed financial analysis. The book costs $15.99 as an e-book and  $24.99 in paperback and is available by clicking here.