Active building products help manage indoor air quality
New active building materials can help make homes safer and more comfortable by directly affecting the environment in the home.
At the 2015 International Builders' Show, Mike Loughery, director of corporate marketing communications, discussed new products from CertainTeed that actively change the environment of a home.
Loughery said CertainTeed's SMARTBATT insulation is the first kraft-faced fiberglass batt insulation to contribute to healthier homes by intelligently managing moisture.
Unlike traditional polyethylene vapor barriers that can only block moisture one way, or kraft-faced insulation that can only retard moisture, SMARTBATT adapts its permeability based on humidity levels in the wall cavity to block indoor moisture from entering when humidity in the cavity is low and allows moisture to escape when it senses high humidity that needs to be released. SMARTBATT’s intelligent approach to in-the-wall moisture management lets the walls “breathe” and helps reduce the potential for mold and mildew growth.
SMARTBATT can reduce building time as an alternative to the practice of installing a vapor barrier film over unfaced batts, eliminating the need for a two-step installation and saving considerable time and labor costs. It is available in R-values ranging from R-13 to R-38, and with 2/3 less asphalt, is easier to cut and installs just like traditional kraft-faced insulation, requiring no special tools or training.
To improve indoor air quality, the AirRenew gypsum board product family features first-of-its-kind technology that helps to improve indoor air quality by absorbing VOCs, specifically formaldehyde and other aldehydes, and converting them into safe, inert compounds that remain within the board for up to 75 years. AirRenew, comprised of up to 96 percent total recycled content, is also specially engineered to provide enhanced protection against moisture with M2Tech technology, which consists of 100 percent recycled paper that is treated to protect against mold growth.
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