Re(2): Wild Idea...flooring
More info on Astro-Foil is available at http://www.insul.net/ .
>I did a search for a product named Astro-Foil (a sample of which I have in
>my hand). It's marketed as a cheap, easy insulating cover for water
>heaters and as a combination insulating layer and reflective vapor barrier
>for barns and stock buildings. Here's a blurb I found online about it:
> Aluminum reflects radiant energy before it becomes
> heat, and trapped air is an effective insulator. About a
> decade ago, Innovative Energy Companies married these
> concepts in a product called Astro-Foil, which resembles
> nothing so much as tough bubble-wrap laminated with
> Reynolds Wrap.
> "It's the only approved reflective building insulation
> in the world," said Paul Foisy of IEC, which is
> headquartered in California. "In the nine years we've
> been in business, the business has grown by double
> digits every year."
> The primary market is contractors putting up commercial
> spaces and homeowners doing remodeling. The foil is cut
> to shape with a knife, and stapled in the air space
> beneath ceilings - radiant heat is reflected back into
> the air space and vented via convection. The trapped air
> in the bubbles allows little heat to transfer through
> the foil via conduction.
> The material can also be used as conventional insulation
> and as a vapor barrier.
> Astro-Foil comes in two styles; Astro-Foil itself is
> two-ply bubbles, with three layers of aluminum, and is
> about 5/16 of an inch thick. Astro-E is single-ply
> bubbles with two layers of foil, about 3/16 of an inch
> thick. It comes in 50-foot rolls that are 1, 2, 3, 4 and
> 5 feet wide, and 125-foot rolls in 4 and 6 feet wide.
> Prices vary, but the only supplier is Innovative
> Specialities of Aiea, 488-5767, which also carries
> installation literature.
> Another brand is Reflectix, found at home-improvement
> outlets. Reflectix, however, does not carry Uniform
> Building Code stenciling, required for commercial
> structures. It's primarily used by do-it-yourselfers.
> A 4- by 50-foot roll of Reflectix at Eagle Hardware is
> $124.95. The same size of Astro-Foil is $126, and
> Astro-E is $122.
>[This is from the Honolulu Star-Bulletin:
Graham D. Darling, Ph.D., C.Chem.
Senior Research Chemist
Active Materials Inc., Provost Centre
816 Provost, Ottawa, ON Canada K1V 6X6
Tel 613-733-9048, fax -5621
Email darlingg at activematerials dot ca
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