Spec PlanJ: Insulation

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Spec Plan-J defines the insulation requirements for your home and other weatherization materials. You want to insulate your home well from cold and hot weather months.


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  1. about insulation
  2. getting started
  3. building spec sheet
  4. spec budgeting worksheet
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Spec Plan J: Insulation

what you need to do —

Identify areas of the home that needs insulation.

  • Insulation is measured by its R-value, not its thickness. Insulation with a higher R-value is more efficient.
  • Required R-values may vary for walls, ceilings, attics, etc.


Also consider "weatherizing components" that can save energy costs:

  • visit our Home Product Showcase for complete information on insulation and weatherizing:

    view center: insulation / weatherizing


From howstuffworks.com:

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Getting Started

Step 1: develop the plan

  • take a completed draft of the spec sheet to your architect or planner, who will can customize a building plan or revise an existing plan that meets your specs.
  • use your spec sheet and floor plan to bid the construction project to contractors


Step 2: get required building permits


Step 3: find pre-screened contractors and other service providers

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Get Some Professional Help

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Use this quick search to find customer-rated insulation contractors.