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Cotton insulation

  1. 1. Cotton Insulation<br />ENGR 308<br />Mitch Friedman<br />Ashley Ragus<br />
  2. 2. What is cotton insulation?<br />Alternative to fiberglass insulation<br />- No itch! <br />- No VOCs<br />Requires no carcinogen warning labels<br />Image from Dave Eiermann Woodworking Blog<br />http://blog.daveeiermann.com/2007/12/07/<br />cotton-insulation-made-from-blue-jeans/<br />
  3. 3. Where does it come from?<br />Post-industrial scraps <br />Post-consumer recycled denim<br />Image from the Global Denim Project, <br />http://www.ucl.ac.uk/global-denim-project/<br />
  4. 4. Reasons for product<br />Alternative to traditional insulation types and methods<br />Images from Inhabitat blog http://www.inhabitat.com<br />/2006/08/10/lets-talk-about-insulation-baby/<br />
  5. 5. How is it made?<br />Shredded cotton<br />Formed into batts<br />Treatment: fire retardant, fungicide, insect and rodent repellant<br />Image from http://www.strawsticksandbricks.com/<br />index.php?main_page=index&cPath=31_57 <br />
  6. 6. Impacts<br />Can be recycled or composted<br />Requires less energy to make than traditional insulation<br />Cotton plant, from Seattle Daily Journal of <br />Commerce, http://www.djc.com<br />
  7. 7. When should it be used?<br />Superior acoustic barrier<br />R-value range from R-13 – R-19<br />In some climates, needs a vapor barrier<br />Image from Super Soundproofing Company<br />http://shop3.mailordercentral.com/supersoundproofing/products.asp?dept=24<br />
  8. 8. Installation<br />Professional installation recommended<br />Safe to install, no gloves or mask required<br />Image from http://www.instructables.com/id/Installing-Ultra-Touch-recycled-cotton-denim-ins/<br />
  9. 9. Where can I buy it?<br />Bonded Logic – UltraTouch most popular on the market<br />EcoBlue – Recycling program<br />

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