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Make the most of yourinsulation business.CERTAINTEED HAS YOU COVERED.We realize that insulation is just one part of youroverall business. But it’s still very importantto your customers and your bottom line.That is why CertainTeed makes managingand maximizing your insulation sales as easyas possible. With escalating energy prices andtighter building codes, you can count on usfor a full range of proven products and programsthat help you optimize your insulation salesand margins. And we promise to do everythingwe can to help serve you and your business.A TURN FOR THE BETTER.We consider ourselves more than just a supplier. Whether it involves delivery,inventory management or technical support, we partner with you to understandyour business’ unique needs to deliver the best solutions.THE PROFESSIONAL’S CHOICE.Our name says it all. Buildingprofessionals trust CertainTeed forquality made certain, satisfactionguaranteed. From our fiber glass battsand rolls, to our unique MemBrain,The Smart Vapor Retarder andDryRight insulation, you can turnto us for products and solutions yourcustomers can count on. Projectafter project. Year after year. It’s nowonder that CertainTeed ranks asthe #1 building products brandamong professional builders.2 LUMBER FIBER GLASS INSULATION


YOU DESERVE REWARDS. AND WE CAN HELP YOU GET THEM.In return for your commitment to CertainTeedinsulation products, you are eligible for LumberDealer Rewards, our exclusive incentive program.Lumber Dealer Rewards points can be redeemedfor travel and brand-name merchandise—from tickets to your favorite sportingevent to electronics, from workshop toolsto garden tools, and travel to jewelry.It’s a great way to treat yourself, your employees or customersfor their commitment to making your business successful.PUTTING THE “SERVICE” BACK INCUSTOMER SERVICE.At CertainTeed we take service seriously. That’s why our phonesystem is seamlessly integrated with our customer database, sothe complete history of your relationship with CertainTeed isinstantly available to the Order Management Associate whohandles your call. And there’s a pretty good chance you’ll talk with someoneyou’ve spoken with before—which means a better understanding of yourbusiness and better service for you.THE RIGHT CHOICE.With everything we have to offer,it’s easy to see why CertainTeed isthe right insulation partner foryour business.LUMBER FIBER GLASS INSULATION 3


ContentsThe Company 2Building Insulation 6SpeedyR 8Tabless Kraft Faced InsulationMemBrain 9The Smart Vapor RetarderDryRight 10Fiber Glass InsulationInsulSafe ® SP 12Fiber Glass Blowing InsulationAcoustical Insulation 13Masonry Wall Insulation 14Basement Wall Insulation 14Facilities Map 15Thermal Recommendations 16Performance Considerations 18Code Information 22Compliance andSpecification Information 234 LUMBER FIBER GLASS INSULATION


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Building InsulationDESCRIPTIONA high-quality fiber glass batt or rollused in residential construction forthermal and acoustical insulation ofwalls, ceilings and floors.Unfaced insulation is manufacturedin increased widths to permit frictionfitinstallation in wall cavities. Thisinsulation is used with a separatevapor retarder, such as CertainTeed’sMemBrain , The Smart VaporRetarder, or where a vapor retarderis not required.Kraft Faced insulation is manufacturedwith an integral vapor retarder. Thekraft facing includes attachmentflanges at the edges that are usedfor either face or inset stapling. Thekraft facing, applied with asphalt tothe fiber glass insulation, has a vaportransmission (permeance) rating ofone perm or less.6 LUMBER FIBER GLASS INSULATION


SpeedyR Tabless BattsPRODUCT BENEFITSInstalling this product will save timeand improve productivity by reducingfield labor. Stapling is not requiredbecause the fiber glass fills the entirecavity. In addition to its thermalproperties, this product also providesexcellent acoustical performance.DESCRIPTIONThis product is intended for usein residential or commercialconstruction as thermal insulationin walls. These batts are designedfor use in standard width woodframed construction where a vaporretarder is needed. The batts have akraft facing without flanges and canbe friction-fit between wall studs fornon-exposed applications.SPEEDY R BATTSR-VALUE THICKNESS WIDTH/LENGTHR RSI in. mm in. mm13 2.3 3 1 ⁄2 89 15 1 ⁄4 x 93 387 x 236213 2.3 3 1 ⁄2 89 15 1 ⁄4 x 105 387 x 266719 3.3 6 1 ⁄4 159 15 1 ⁄4 x 93 387 x 236219 3.3 6 1 ⁄4 159 15 1 ⁄4 x 105 387 x 266721 3.7 5 1 ⁄2 140 15 1 ⁄4 x 93 387 x 236221 3.7 5 1 ⁄2 140 15 1 ⁄4 x 105 387 x 2667INSTALLATIONSpeedyR tabless batts friction-fitbetween wood studs and do notrequire stapling.For most areas, vapor retardersshould be installed on the warmin-the-winterside of the insulation(toward the interior). A vaporretarder is any material that limitsor restricts the transmission ofwater vapor.Common vapor retarders includekraft or foil facings adhered directlyto fiber glass insulation and nylonor polyethylene films applied overinsulation filled building cavities.For some warm and humid areas,vapor retarders—if used—shouldbe installed outside the heating orbuilding envelope. It is not appropriateto install kraft faced fiber glass withthe facing toward the exterior.Check local practice and/or buildingcodes before installation.8 LUMBER FIBER GLASS INSULATION


MemBrain —The Smart Vapor RetarderDESCRIPTIONMemBrain is a polyamide film thatchanges its permeability with theambient humidity condition. It iscapable of changing its permeability,from low permeability in conditionsof low relative humidity to higherpermeability during conditions ofhigh relative humidity. It is intendedfor use with unfaced fiber glassinsulation in wall and ceiling cavities.PRODUCT BENEFITSMemBrain allows closed buildingenvelope systems to increase theirdrying potential with seasonalclimatic changes.This product can be used in placeof traditional vapor retarders withunfaced fiber glass insulation toprovide an insulation system thatis ideal in some of the more severetemperature and humidity climatecondition areas.INSTALLATIONMemBrain should be installed in allinsulated walls and ceilings, includingcathedral ceilings. For most areas,vapor retarders should be installedon the warm-in-the-winter side ofthe insulation (toward the interior).For some warm and humid areas,the vapor retarder should beinstalled facing the exterior.MemBrain is not intended to beused as an exterior vapor retarder.Check local practice and/or buildingcodes before installation.Molecular-scale pores close under dry conditions,blocking vapor transmission.Molecular-scale pores open under moist conditions,allowing vapor to pass.MEMBRAINNOMINAL NOMINAL ACTUAL BOX ROLL ROLLS PER WEIGHTPRODUCT SIZE WEB WIDTH WEB WIDTH COVERAGE LENGTH WEIGHT* PALLET PER PALLETft. m in. mm in. mm sq.ft. m in. mm lbs. kg ** lbs. kg8 2.44 96 2438 100 2540 800 74.3 28.3 718 11.1 5.0 45 545 2479 2.74 108 2743 112 2845 900 83.6 31.5 800 12.5 5.7 45 608 27610 3.05 120 3048 124 3150 1000 92.9 34.5 876 13.7 6.2 40 593 26912 3.66 144 3658 148 3759 1200 111.5 41.0 1041 17.0 7.71 30 555 252*With box and core**48" (1219 mm) maximum pallet height.Protected by one or more of the following U.S. and foreign patents:U.S. Pat. Nos. 6,808,772; 6,878,455; 6,890,666; and 7,008,800Can. Pat. No. 2215502Other U.S. and foreign patents pending.LUMBER FIBER GLASS INSULATION 9


DryRight Fiber Glass InsulationINSTALLATIONDryRight is designed to be installedon the warm-in-winter side of theinsulation (toward the interior). Fiberglass insulation is noncombustible.However, the facing should not beleft exposed. Special care should betaken when working close to thefacing with an open flame. Specialflame resistant facings are availablefor exposed applications.StudsDryRight insulation friction-fitsbetween wood studs. No staplingrequired.DESCRIPTIONDryRight insulation is intended foruse in residential construction as athermal and acoustical insulation inwall and ceiling cavities. The productsare faced with MemBrain , The SmartVapor Retarder, which is adhered tothe insulation and designed for usein standard wood stud assemblies.PRODUCT BENEFITSWhen installed properly, DryRighthelps prevent mold and mildewgrowth by reducing the potentialfor moisture accumulation.Installing DryRight insulation is aneasy, cost-effective method to helpconserve energy. It also offers thermalproperties and excellent acousticalperformance. The product is alsoGREENGUARD ® Certified whichmeans it is regularly tested forlow emissions of formaldehyde,VOCs, respirable particles andother pollutants using the strongestenvironmental protocols.Ceiling JoistsDryRight insulation is placed betweenthe joists with the vapor retarderfacing down. Only unfaced insulationis installed over existing insulation.Floor JoistsDryRight insulation is installed withthe vapor retarder facing up and incontact with the floor. All insulationmust be supported between joistswith wire supports, by lacing wireacross joists or other approvedmethods. Check with CertainTeedfor more details before installation.Cathedral CeilingsInstall DryRight insulation with vaporretarder facing down. A 1" ventedair space is recommended betweeninsulation and roof sheathing.10 LUMBER FIBER GLASS INSULATION


COMPLIANCES• Model Building Codes:– (BOCA, ICBO, SBCCI and ICC)– New York—NYSUFPBCArticle 15– Calfornia and MinnesotaQuality Standards• Material Standards:– ASTM C 665Section 7.4, Water-VaporPermeance– ASTM E 96Fire Resistance:• Not intended forexposed ApplicationsPhysical/Chemical Properties:• Thermal Performance:– (ASTM C 518 R-Values forinsulation only, as stated intable on previous page• Water Vapor Sorption:– (ASTM C 1104) < – 5%• Water Vapor Permeance:– < – 1.0 perm (57ng/Pa•s•m2)(ASTM E 96, Desiccant method)Dry Cup MeanRelative Humidity=75%• Fungi Resistance:– No growth (ASTM C 1330)LETS MOISTURE OUT.During the cooling season whenaverage relative humidities aretypically high, DryRight’s uniquefacing changes its permeance toincrease the closed building envelopesystem’s drying potential. How? Thefacing’s molecular-scale pores openunder moist conditions, allowingwater vapor to exit the wall cavity.THE DRYING ADVANTAGE.With MemBrain technology,DryRight’s permeance is 1 perm orless and increases to greater than 10perms when the humidity changes(ASTM E 96).KEEPS MOISTURE OUT.During the heating season, whenaverage relative humidities ininsulated cavities are typically low,DryRight’s facing works as a vaporbarrier. How? The facing’s molecularscalepores close under dry conditions,blocking vapor transmission andkeeping moisture out of the wall cavity.ASTM E 96WATER VAPOR PERMEANCE (perms)TheDryingZoneMemBrain4 mil Polyethylene(0.08 perms)MEAN RELATIVE HUMIDITY (%)DRYRIGHT BATTSR-VALUE THICKNESS WIDTH/LENGTHR RSI in. mm in. mm13 2.3 3 1 ⁄2 89 15 1 ⁄4 x 93 387.3 x 236213 2.3 3 1 ⁄2 89 15 1 ⁄4 x 105 387.3 x 266713 2.3 3 1 ⁄2 89 15 1 ⁄4 x 384 387.3 x 975419 3.3 6 1 ⁄4 159 15 1 ⁄4 x 93 387.3 x 236219 3.3 6 1 ⁄4 159 15 1 ⁄4 x 105 387.3 x 2667Protected by one or more of the following U.S. and foreign patents:U.S. Pat. Nos. 6,808,772; 6,878,455; 6,890,666; and 7,008,800Can. Pat. No. 2215502Other U.S. and foreign patents pending.LUMBER FIBER GLASS INSULATION 11


InsulSafe ® SPFiber Glass Blowing InsulationDESCRIPTIONInsulSafe SP is a fiber glass blowinginsulation used in residential andcommercial construction as a thermaland sound absorbing insulation. It isdesigned for pneumatic installation inopen (attic) and closed (sidewalls/floor)construction cavities. It may be usedin retrofit applications.THERMAL PERFORMANCE: HORIZONTAL OPEN BLOW INSTALLATIONPRODUCT BENEFITS• Better coverage• Thermally efficient• Excellent sound control• Won’t settle• Lasts for life of the home toreduce energy demand and costs• Environmentally sustainable• Noncombustible• Noncorrosive• Won’t rot or decay• Won’t absorb moisture orsupport fungus growth• GREENGUARD ® Certified• Limited lifetime warrantyINSTALLATIONWhen installed with pneumaticequipment, the following thermalperformances will be achievedat the thicknesses, weights andcoverage specified, based on anominal 31 lb. bag (141 kg). Forproper installation, see InsulSafe SPInstallation Guide (30-24-302).MINIMUM BAGS MAXIMUM NET MINIMUM MINIMUM INSTALLED MINIMUM SETTLEDR-VALUE REQUIRED COVERAGE WEIGHT THICKNESS THICKNESSTO OBTAIN A PER 1000 SQUARE FT. CONTENTS OF INSTALLED INSTALLED SETTLEDTHERMAL (100 m 2 ) BAG SHOULD NOT INSULATION SHOULD INSULATION SHOULD INSULATION SHOULDRESISTANCE OF: OF NET AREA COVER MORE THAN: NOT BE LESS THAN: NOT BE LESS THAN: NOT BE LESS THAN:R RSI number of bags ft 2 m 2 lbs/ft 2 kg/m 2 in. mm in. mm60 10.6 31.4 33.8 31.9 3.0 0.972 4.751 22 559 22 55949 8.6 25.2 27.1 39.7 3.7 0.780 3.812 18.5 470 18.5 47044 7.7 22.4 24.1 44.6 4.1 0.695 3.397 16.75 425 16.75 42538 6.7 19.1 20.5 52.5 4.9 0.591 2.888 14.5 368 14.5 36830 5.3 14.9 16.0 67.1 6.2 0.462 2.259 11.75 298 11.75 29826 4.6 12.8 13.8 77.9 7.2 0.398 1.944 10.25 260 10.25 26022 3.9 10.8 11.6 92.9 8.6 0.334 1.630 8.75 222 8.75 22219 3.3 9.3 10.0 107.4 10.0 0.289 1.411 7.75 197 7.75 19713 2.3 6.2 6.7 161.7 15.0 0.192 0.937 5.25 133 5.25 13311 1.9 5.3 5.7 190.5 17.7 0.163 0.795 4.5 114 4.5 114Initial installed thickness testing per ASTM C1374 using Unisul VoluMatic III; 4th gear; 15-inch gate opening; 150 ft. x 4-inchdiameter internally corrugated blowing hose.COMPLIANCESInsulSafe SP complies with national,state and local building standardsand qualifies as a Type 1 insulationunder ASTM C 764. Surface burningcharacteristics per ASTM E 84include a flame spread index lessthan 25 and a smoke developedindex less than 50. InsulSafe SP isnoncombustible per ASTM E 136.• ASTM C 764, Type lPneumatic Applications– Thermal resistance—SASTMC687 and C518– Critical Radiant Flux—ASTM E970– Combustion Characteristics—ASTM E136 (Non-combustibility)– Water Vapor Sorption—ASTM C1104– Odor Emission—ASTM C1304– Corrosiveness—ASTM C764.12.7– Fungi Resistance—ASTM C1338• Surface Burning Characxteristics—ASTM E84 (Flame Spread 5, SmokeDeveloped 5)• California Quality Standards. Reg.No. CA-T024 (PA)• New York City—MEA 218-85M• California 135012 LUMBER FIBER GLASS INSULATION


Acoustical InsulationNOISEREDUCER SOUND CONTROL BATTSNoiseReducer sound control batts are designed for wood stud interiorpartitions and floors to help you add “the sound of silence” to any home.A special white kraft facing provides stapling flanges and has easily recognizablegraphics to sell the value of sound control for interior walls.NOISEREDUCER BATTSR-VALUE THICKNESS WIDTH FACING LENGTHR RSI in. mm in. mm TYPE in.11 1.9 3 1 ⁄2 89 15 381 White 9311 1.9 3 1 ⁄2 89 23 584 White 93NOISEREDUCER ACOUSTICAL CEILING BATTSNoiseReducer acoustical ceiling batts are designed to lie directly onsuspended ceilings, providing excellent thermal protection and acousticalperformance. They are available unfaced or with a kraft facing. Kraft facedNoiseReducer acoustical ceiling batts, due to their intended application,have no stapling flanges.ACOUSTICAL CEILING BATTSR-VALUE THICKNESS WIDTH FACING LENGTHR RSI in. mm in. mm TYPE in.11 1.9 3 1 ⁄2 89 24 610 Unfaced 48, 9611 1.9 3 1 ⁄2 89 24 610 Kraft Faced 4819 3.3 6 1 ⁄4 159 24 610 Unfaced 4819 3.3 6 1 ⁄4 159 24 610 Kraft Faced 48NOISEREDUCER SOUND ATTENUATION BATTSNoiseReducer sound attenuation batts are unfaced fiber glass batts designedfor use in metal framing construction to improve acoustical performance inresidential and commercial applications. They are slightly wider and longerthan conventional fiber glass batts for friction fitting into metal framing cavities.SOUND ATTENUATION BATTSR-VALUE THICKNESS WIDTH FACING LENGTHR RSI in. mm in. mm TYPE in.8 1.4 2 1 ⁄2 64 16 406 Unfaced 968 1.4 2 1 ⁄2 64 24 610 Unfaced 9611 1.9 3 1 ⁄2 89 16 406 Unfaced 9611 1.9 3 1 ⁄2 89 24 610 Unfaced 48, 96COMPLIANCESFor compliances, see page 23.LUMBER FIBER GLASS INSULATION 13


Masonry Wall InsulationMasonry wall insulation batts are unfaced fiber glass insulation which aredesigned for use behind paneling or in masonry-type construction wherecavity depth is limited by the furring strips used. No stapling is requiredbecause the batts fit tightly between furring strips. Use with a separate vaporretarder or where no vapor retarder is required or recommended. Checklocal practice and/or building code requirements before installation.MASONRY WALLR-VALUE THICKNESS WIDTH FACINGR RSI in. mm in. mm TYPE3 .5 3⁄4 19 15 381 Unfaced6 1.1 1 3 ⁄4 44 15, 23 381, 584 UnfacedBasement Wall InsulationBasement wall insulation comes in two facings—white PSK and standardFSK—and is designed for use in both residential and commercial applicationswhere code or builder preference specifies an insulated basement area. Bothfacings are perforated. Both products comply with ASTM C 665, Type II,Class A.This product is intended for use in applications where the insulation willbe left exposed. It can be applied either half-wall or full-wall. (Half-wall is notrecommended for hollow block walls; they should be insulated full height.)BASEMENT WALLR-VALUE THICKNESS WIDTH FACINGR RSI in. mm in. mm TYPE11 1.9 3 1 ⁄8 79 48, 72 1219, 1829 White PSK, Perforated11 1.9 3 1 ⁄8 79 48, 72 1219, 1829 FSK, Perforated14 LUMBER FIBER GLASS INSULATION


TECHNICAL INFORMATIONHomes that are not insulatedto today’s energy standards canexperience substantial heat loss inwinter and heat gain in summer.Installing proper amounts of thermallyefficient fiber glass insulation is oneof the most cost-effective energyconservation measures that canbe taken.Climate and fuel costs determinehow much insulation should beused for maximum economic return.As fuel and electric costs increase,higher R-Values are usually justified.In some areas of the country,heating costs determine how muchinsulation should be used. In otherareas air-conditioning costs are themajor influence. In many areasboth heating and air-conditioningcosts contribute to the insulationrecommendations shown here.R-Values on the chart representCertainTeed recommendations basedon the latest DOE recommendations.Find the appropriate zone. Thenuse the R-Values on the chart below.R-Values listed for walls includethose for both cavity insulation andsheathing. If the home has a heatedbasement, the basement wallsshould be insulated to a level suchthat the calculated energy consumedwould be no greater than if thebasement were unheated and thefloor above insulated to the floorR-Value indicated.US DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY INSULATION REQUIREMENTS BY COMPONENT AZoneGasHeat PumpFuel OilAttic CeilingCathedral CeilingWall AFloorCrawl Space Wall BSlab EdgeBasement Walls B1 • • • 30 30 13 13 0 0 02 • • • 30 30 13 13 0 0 03 • • • 30 30 13 19 5/13 0 04 • • • 38 30 13 19 10/13 10 10/135 and • • • 38 30 19 30 C 10/13 10 10/13Marine 4 D6 • • • 49 38 19 30 C 10/13 10 10/137 and 8 • • • 49 38 21 30 C 10/13 10 10/13For information regarding other fuel sources, visit the DOE website at:http://www.energycodes.gov/implement/state_codes/index.stm(A) R-Values are minimums. R-19 shall be permitted to be compressedinto a 2" x 6" (5 1 /2") cavity.(B) The first R-Value applies to continuous insulation, the second toframing cavity insulation, either insulation meets the requirements.(C) Or insulation sufficient to fill the frame cavity. R-19 minimum.(D) Zone 4 area in Western Washington and Oregon must meetZone 5 requirements.LUMBER FIBER GLASS INSULATION 17


TECHNICAL INFORMATIONPerformance ConsiderationsVAPOR RETARDERA vapor retarder is any material thatlimits or restricts the transmissionof water vapor. The most commonvapor retarders are the kraft or foilfacings adhered directly to fiber glassinsulation and nylon or polyethylenefilms applied over insulation filledbuilding cavities.MOISTUREIn every household, occupantsgenerate moisture by cooking,bathing, laundering and breathing.A family of four can produce two tothree gallons of water vapor per day.During the heating season thismoisture vapor moves from ahome’s warm interior to the coolerexterior. If its passage into attics andexterior walls is not slowed by avapor retarder, condensation canoccur when the vapor reaches acold surface. Continued or prolongedcondensation can cause wood rotand growth of mildew and mold. Ifinsulation becomes damp, its thermalperformance is reduced. All buildinginsulation should be kept dry. Wetfiber glass insulation will lose itseffectiveness. Fiber glass will oftendry naturally and regain its originalR-Value. However, under conditionswhen the insulation will not drythoroughly, it should be removedand replaced.For some warm and humid areasvapor retarders—if used—shouldbe installed outside the heating orbuilding envelope. It is not appropriateto install kraft faced fiber glass withthe facing toward the exterior. Checklocal practice and/or building codesbefore installation.Vapor retarders are not required insome dry, temperate climates such ascertain areas of California and Arizona.18 LUMBER FIBER GLASS INSULATION


TECHNICAL INFORMATIONVENTILATIONTo allow excess moisture vapor toescape, allowances should be madefor proper ventilation. This can beaccomplished through either a natural(static) or a power ventilation system.In attics, the most commonmethod is the static system whichconsists of simple vent openings.These can be gable, eave or ridgevents or a combination of the three.An attic probably has two or morevent openings located so that air canflow in one and out the other.Regardless of the types of vents,as a basic guide you should provideone square foot of vent area for each150 square feet of ceiling floor areawhen there is no vapor retarder inthe ceiling. If the ceiling does have avapor retarder, provide one square footfor each 300 square feet of ceiling area.Ideally, 50 percent of the requiredventilation should be provided byvents located in the upper portionof the attic with the remaining 50percent provided by eave vents.When insulating, do not cover eaveor other vent openings.The term “cathedral ceiling” refersto sloped ceilings where insulationis installed in rafter spaces and theceiling finish layer is fastened directlyto the rafters. In this type of ceiling avented air space between insulationand roof sheathing is desirable.Remember, properly insulatingand ventilating a home helps preventmoisture from damaging an atticand walls. In winter, there will beless risk of ice dams which arecaused when heat escapes andallows snow to melt down the roofand freeze on the colder overhangareas. In the summer, hot air willalso be able to escape to the outside,helping to reduce your cooling costs.For most of the U.S., vaporretarders should be installed on thewarm-in-winter side of the insulation(toward the interior).Vapor retarders are not a standardrecommendation for all attics. Exceptfor very cold regions, or isolated caseswhere there is high interior humidity,an attic vapor retarder is not requiredif there is sufficient ventilation.CertainTeed fiber glass insulationis available with kraft, standard foil,MemBrain or flame resistant vaporretarders. Although fiber glass isnoncombustible, some vapor retarderscan burn and should not be leftexposed. They must be installedbehind and in substantial contactwith the back surface of wall or ceilingfinish materials. Only flame resistantvapor retarders can be left exposed.Unfaced building insulation isused with a separate vapor retardersuch as MemBrain, or where avapor retarder is not needed. It isalso used in retrofitting attics whenadditional insulation is installedover existing insulation.LUMBER FIBER GLASS INSULATION 19


TECHNICAL INFORMATIONPerformance Considerations (cont.)not excessive. But when moisturevapor encounters a cold, impermeablesurface, it can condense to a liquidand cause problems. Vapor retardersplaced where they will stay above thedew point temperature can preventcondensation problems. In mostU.S. climates, vapor retarders shouldbe located at the warm-in-winterside of the insulation.During the heating season, when relative humidities aretypically low, MemBrain works as a vapor retarder.During the cooling season, when relative humidities aretypically high, MemBrain changes its permeance toincrease drying potential.MEMBRAIN To reduce the risk of moisture-relatedproblems in building envelopes,consider using the newest scientificinnovation from CertainTeed—MemBrain, The Smart VaporRetarder. MemBrain is a polyamidefilm (as opposed to polyethylene)that changes its permeability withambient relative humidity conditions.When humidity is low, MemBrain’smolecular-scale pores close, blockingvapor transmission into the wallcavity. When relative humidity ishigh, MemBrain’s molecular-scalepores open, which permit moisturevapor to escape. This allows wallcavities to dry, reducing the risk ofmoisture and mold in the wall cavity.CONDENSATION CONTROLAir normally contains moisture invapor form. Moisture in vapor formis not a problem; in fact, it is beneficialto us when the amount present isIn very mild, dry climates, vaporretarders are not required. In very hot,humid climates, vapor retarders shouldbe located outside the insulation.Generally, a masonry wall below grade,should not have a vapor retarderbecause it is not always certainwhich side of the wall has thegreater vapor pressure. Check localpractice and/or building codes. Formore information, refer to theASHRAE Handbook, FundamentalsVolume, chapter titled “Thermal andMoisture Control in InsulatedAssemblies–Applications.”FIRE SAFETYProper consideration must alwaysbe given to fire safety. Most buildingcodes require that exposed vaporretarders have an ASTM E 84 flamespread index of 25 or less and asmoke density developed of 25/50or less. FSK 25 Facing meets theserequirements. Standard foil or kraftfacings should always be covered bya low flame spread index materialsuch as gypsum wallboard.20 LUMBER FIBER GLASS INSULATION


TECHNICAL INFORMATIONNOISE CONTROLNoise in buildings can be controlledby isolating noise sources from the restof the structure with resilient supports,by absorbing sound energy withporous materials such as insulation,and by creating sound barriersbetween different areas.A material’s ability to absorb soundcan be measured in the laboratoryover a range of frequencies. Theabsorption at a particular frequency,expressed as a decimal fraction, iscalled a sound absorption coefficient.The average of a material’s soundabsorption coefficients at 250, 500,1000, and 2000 Hz is called theNoise Reduction Coefficient, or NRC.Materials that are good soundabsorbers (NRC’s close to 1.00),are usually not good at resistingthe transmission of sound. But bycombining a good sound absorberwith a structure that resists soundtransmission, you can create aneffective sound barrier. An assembly’sability to act as a sound barrier iscalled its transmission loss (TL). TLcan be measured in the laboratoryover a range of frequencies.A single number rating, derivedfrom TL measurements over the 125to 4000 Hz range, is called the SoundTransmission Class, or STC of a wall,floor or ceiling. STC ratings shouldbe used with some caution since theydo not measure transmission ofimpact noises or low frequencynoises commonly associated withmechanical equipment. They are,however, quite useful in designingoffice partitions where speech privacyis the main concern. Small differencesin STC ratings (two or three points)are not significant; they can’t bedetected by the human ear.Additionally, STC ratings obtainedat different laboratories can vary bythree points.The strategies most commonlyused to obtain high STC ratings are:• Increasing partition mass throughthe use of heavy materials such asa double layer of wallboard.• Breaking the sound transmissionpath by using resilient channelmountings or staggered studs.• Providing sound absorption inpartition cavities by filling themwith sound absorbing materialssuch as fiber glass insulation.For more detailed information seeCertainTeed Sound Control Brochure(30-28-008).LUMBER FIBER GLASS INSULATION 21


TECHNICAL INFORMATIONCode InformationCOMPLIANCECertainTeed has a variety of insulationproducts that permit compliancewith insulation flame spreadrequirements in the ICC modelbuilding code. Most codes require thatflame spread ratings be determined inaccordance with ASTM Test MethodE 84. This method measures anddescribes surface flame spread andsmoke developed measurementsunder laboratory conditions.CertainTeed unfaced insulationproducts have flame spread ratingsof 25 or less and smoke developedratings no greater than 50. Theseratings are a requirement of materialstandard ASTM C 665 for buildinginsulation. The strictest ratingsspecified by the model codes areflame spread 25 or less and smokedeveloped rating not to exceed 50.Unfaced products can therefore beused in exposed and concealedinstallations and in both combustibleor noncombustible construction types.Standard kraft facing is a vaporretarder(one perm or less) but doesnot have an established flame spreadrating. It is therefore a non-rated facingand can only be used in combustibleconstruction when it is concealed.MODEL BUILDING CODEFLAME SPREAD REQUIREMENTSThere are different requirements forexposed and concealed installationsfor combustible and noncombustibleconstruction. Exposed meansuncovered, or exposed to view. Afacing is exposed, for example, ifuncovered in attics, crawl spaces,basements, plenums or kneewallareas. Concealed means coveredby another building material as inenclosed wall and ceiling cavities.Combustible construction meanswood frame construction such asin single or multi-family housing.Noncombustible constructionmeans construction with steel andconcrete framing such as in hospitalsand nursing homes.The white reinforced polypropylenefacing and the reinforced foil facing onCertainTeed basement wall insulationalso have a flame spread rating of25 or less and a smoke developedrating of 50 or less. These facingscan also be left exposed.22 LUMBER FIBER GLASS INSULATION


TECHNICAL INFORMATIONCompliance and Specifications InformationCOMPLIANCES• ASTM C 665Type I (unfaced)Type II, Class C, Category 1(kraft faced)Type II, Class A, (basement wall)Type III, Class B, Category 1(foil faced)Type III, Class A, Category 1 (FSK)• ASTM C 764, Type I (InsulSafe ® SP,OPTIMA ® and System 5 )• California and MinnesotaQuality Standards• Tested for use underNYSUFPBC Article 15• ASTM E 136 for noncombustibility(unfaced batts,InsulSafe SP, OPTIMA andSystem 5 only)• ASTM E 84 Fire HazardClassification (FHC) FlameSpread 25/Smoke Developed 50(unfaced only); Flame Spread5/Smoke Developed 5(InsulSafe SP, OPTIMA andSystem 5 only)• ASTM C 687 Determination ofThermal Resistance of Loose-FillBuilding Insulation• ASTM E 136 Behavior ofMaterials in a Vertical TubeFurnace at 750° C• NY City MEA 18-80-M (unfaced)• NY City MEA 19-80-M (FSK)• NY City MEA 218-85-M(InsulSafe SP)• Model Building CodeIECC, IRCSAMPLE PROCUREMENT/SPECIFICATION STATEMENTInsulation as shown on drawingsor procurement documents shall beFiber Glass Building Insulation—(appropriate product name) asmanufactured by CertainTeedCorporation, Valley Forge, PA.Thermal resistance R-Values (RSI) ofthe insulation shall be R (RSI)in ceilings, R (RSI) in walls,and R (RSI) in floors overunheated spaces. Insulation shallcomply with the requirements of(Appropriate Specification) and shallbe installed in accordance with themanufacturer’s recommendations.Specify either CertainTeed’srecommended R-Values, currentHUD/FHA Minimum PropertyStandard values or local coderequirements in the blanks above.CertainTeed recommends that theR-Values shown on the chart onpage 17 be used.VAPOR RETARDERSASTM C 665, HUD MPS, ASHRAEand some state codes specify that avapor retarder have a permeance ofnot more than one perm. The HUDMPS code specifies a < or = to oneperm vapor retarder in sidewalls,but permits a vapor retarder to beomitted in attic floors if adequateventilation is provided.CODES AND STANDARDSCertainTeed fiber glass buildinginsulation products described inthis catalog comply with federal orlocal specifications and standardslisted below, including severalimportant specific approvals.Data pertaining to InsulSafe SPis shown separately.Building Insulation Products Complies with:ASTM C 665(Classified by Type & Class of membrane)California Quality StandardsMinnesota Quality StandardsSpecific Approvals: New York City*MEA 18-80-M (unfaced)InsulSafe SP and OPTIMA ®Complies with: ASTM C 764(Classified as Type I)California Quality StandardsMinnesota Quality StandardsSpecific Approvals: New York City*MEA 218-85-M*New York City approval requires passage of CombustionToxicity Test.LUMBER FIBER GLASS INSULATION 23


CertainTeed is the right choice for your business.THE RIGHT PRODUCTS.CertainTeed has been making quality building productsfor more than 100 years and is part of the largestbuilding materials company in the world, Saint-Gobain.We offer you a full line of fiber glass insulation productsto meet the needs of your business and your customers.And even though we’ve been doing this for a longtime, we’re always looking for new and better waysto improve our products and increase productivity.Many of our manufacturing plants are registered toISO 9001:2000 standards. So you know you’regetting the best products possible.THE RIGHT PERFORMANCE.Our fiber glass insulation products have achievedGREENGUARD ® Certification for superior indoor airquality performance. This means our products willcontribute very low levels of volatile organic compounds(VOCs) and other pollutants to the indoor environment.THE RIGHT DELIVERY.It’s tough for you to sell something when it’s not there.CertainTeed delivers product when we say we will—or wewill credit you 3% of the invoice amount. Our CustomerBill of Rights guarantees it.THE RIGHT PROGRAMS.Our ultimate goal, of course, is to deliver the absolutebest products and programs for your business. We offersolutions that streamline inventory and incentives tomaximize sales as well as margins.THE RIGHT SUPPORT.We don’t just sell insulation. We listen. We want tounderstand the unique needs of your business in order todeliver solutions that actually work. From our BuildingScience department to our dedicated sales team, wework to earn your trust and your business—order afterorder, year after year.For questions regarding specifications, building codes and installation practices,contact our Technical Services Department at (800) 233-8990.In addition to these fiber glass insulation products, CertainTeed offers a full line ofcommercial and HVAC insulation products.ASK ABOUT OUR OTHER CERTAINTEED PRODUCTS AND SYSTEMS:EXTERIOR: ROOFING • SIDING • WINDOWS • FENCE • RAILING • TRIM • DECKING • FOUNDATIONS • PIPEINTERIOR: INSULATION • WALLS • CEILINGSCertainTeed CorporationP.O. Box 860Valley Forge, PA 19482Professional: 800-233-8990Order Management: 866-660-0955www.certainteed.comCode No. 30-49-124 © 03/07 CertainTeed Corporation, Printed in U.S.A.

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