According to ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes Version 3, builders who want to earn the ENERGY STAR label for homes can use insulated siding as a thermal bridge reducer to comply with Section 4.3.
It is estimated that 50-70 square feet of every home is made of window lineals. If you aren't using insulated accessories, you're missing out on a chance to insulate that portion of your home!
Thermal Bridging Solutions: Insulation Siding
There may be a hidden energy leak in your walls that you don't even know about and it's costing you money every day! The culprit is the wood studs in your walls: heat by-passes the batt insulation (pink stuff) in your wall cavity and transfers through these studs, allowing energy to leak through your walls. This process is called thermal bridging.
How dramatic is thermal bridging? Nearly 25% of your home's wall surface is made of studs that typically aren't insulated, so it's like having ONE ENTIRE WALL of your home with NO INSULATION!
The United States Department of Energy recommends exterior insulation as part of the solution:
*"When new siding is to be installed, it's a good idea to consider adding thermal insulation under new siding." -U.S. Department of Energy
Yesterday's siding products were not designed to solve the problem, but today, Fullback®V is the answer! Fullback®V siding insulation is rigid foam insulation placed behind vinyl siding during installation or laminated to it during the manufacturing process. Because the insulation is contoured to fill the gap between the siding and your home, it delivers maximum energy efficiency, along with lasting beauty, durability and low maintenance.
It is also estimated that 50-70 square feet of every home is made up of window lineals, so if you aren't utilizing that space, you're missing out on a chance to make a beautiful statement while insulating and protecting that portion of your home. Request a siding quote online.
*Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Insulation Fact Sheet, 2008.