The real cost of crossing the border for insulation
June 1, 2012 - As Canadians look for ways to increase the value of their home, many opt for simple renovation projects that can be completed with little time or money. Attic insulation is a popular choice as it promotes energy and cost savings, but as the season of renovation projects quickly approaches, Owens Corning Canada is reminding homeowners and contractors of the importance of installing Canadian-made insulation.
By Alyssa Dalton
The concern is that while attic insulation can be a simple renovation project for the contractor or DIYer, increasingly more Canadians are crossing the border to purchase American-made insulation, which might not comply with Canadian Insulation Standards. If a home inspection were to reveal insulation that does not meet Canadian building codes, the homeowner may be forced to replace all insulation at their own expense, warns Owens Corning Canada.
“Canadian homeowners and some contractors may find it appealing to travel south of the border to purchase American-made insulation, but insulation made in the USA is manufactured to comply to US product standards, and may not comply to Canadian product standards which may be different,” said Andy Goyda, market development manager at Owens Corning Canada. “It is crucial to install insulation that meets the stringent, high-quality regulations that have been established by Canadian building codes.”
In order for insulation to meet Canadian standards it must meet specific requirements prescribed in the standard. Material values must be calculated and reported according to specific test methods clearly defined in the Canadian standard which may vary from the American standard. In Canada, using verified products, can help homes meet energy efficient codes while keeping warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Canadian insulation products are third-party certified and carry a listing by the Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC).
“Ensuring that your home is properly insulated can reduce energy costs and save you money in the long run,” said Goyda. “Installing the right product that meets specific performance requirements referenced in the applicable Canadian product standard will ensure that you are getting the value you are paying for and help ensure long term performance.
“Installing insulation that is not compliant to Canadian Standards could negate these cost-saving measures, reinforcing the importance of using verified products such as Owens Corning EcoTouch Pink Fiberglas Insulation,” he added.