Fi-Foil Radiant Insulation Can Help Achieve Compliance With State Energy Codes
A radiant barrier in roofing systems helps architects, contractors and building owners comply with state energy codes, including California's Title 24. Because a radiant barrier can reflect up to 90 percent of the sun's radiant heat away from a building interior, compliance with state energy codes through building envelope or building performance methods can be easily achieved with products such as Fi-Foil's Silver Shield Radiant Barrier.
While the prescriptive approach to meeting the energy requirements of Title 24, for example, would be to install a "cool roof" membrane, a radiant barrier can be installed on new or existing roofing systems in order to comply with energy codes on projects seeking conformance through energy-efficient building performance.
Radiant barrier applications are becoming more commonplace because of Title 24 and other California programs such as the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS). Because most states across the country have existing or are developing new energy codes, Fi-Foil's RetroShield®
System, a patented insulation system developed for the metal building industry, is another ideal solution for upgrading a new or existing building for compliance with these codes.
In both of these California programs and others across the country, financial incentives can help building owners with the cost of adding insulation to comply with strict energy efficiency guidelines.
In May 2006, the California governor proposed budgeting $100 million for incentive grants linked to energy efficient school construction as well as indoor air quality and material use. These grants could become effective if accepted by voters during the November 2007 general election.
Most states with energy codes already provide financial incentives to help with the initial cost of installing additional thermal protection through the local utility companies. The federal government provides tax credits for commercial and residential building owners through the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
To find out more about how radiant barriers and reflective insulation can provide a more energy efficient sustainable building, contact Fi-Foil.
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The Florida-based Fi-Foil Company manufactures and distributes a complete line of reflective insulation, radiant barriers, and facings for residential, commercial and agricultural applications. Their products are recognized for thermal performance, ease of installation and value. Fi-Foil is committed to providing radiant insulation solutions for the growing demand to deliver energy efficient, comfortable, cost effective and safe materials for sustainable buildings.