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DarlingRhadamanthus's avatar

Can someone recommend a good eco-friendly insulation product for attics?

Asked by DarlingRhadamanthus (11201 points ) May 5th, 2012

If you know of one…would you provide links…? I am looking for products in the USA and/or available in the USA.

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Coloma's avatar

Rice straw. Google ” rice straw/hull building and insulation” tons of articles.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Here is a link to The Sierra Club’s Eco Friendly Insulation. While this is mainly basic information and tips, it’s a good starting place. It also includes links to other sites, both in the article and in some of the comments posted by readers.

It’s also worth it to check into any incentives for installing eco-friendly insulation. A good place to start would be with your insurance company. The state you live in may also provide incentives. Your utility company may as well.

As for products, one to consider is denim. Here is a site for Ulttratouch Denim Insulation.

WestRiverrat's avatar

Flax straw, shredded paper, and dirt make good insulators. Sod houses are much easier to heat and cool than wood frame houses of the same internal dimensions.

majorrich's avatar

In my previous house, my neighbor was blowing insulation into his attic, I peeked in the bin and it was tiny shreds of newspaper. He used it in his attic and in his walls.

rooeytoo's avatar

We had shredded newspaper blown in. If you want to do it yourself cardboard makes an excellent insulation.

laureth's avatar

I hope all these tinder-substitutes used for insulation are somehow treated to be less like tinder?

rooeytoo's avatar

I think it is treated with a fire retardant of some sort. But really fiberglass burns pretty good too and styrofoam melts so I don’t know about it.

WestRiverrat's avatar

My parents house has 4” of flax straw that has been there since the house was built about 100 years ago. The expert they had come in to inspect and replace the insulation wouldn’t touch it because the best he could do wouldn’t keep the house any better insulated.

DarlingRhadamanthus's avatar

Thank you so much for the suggestions….some of which I had not heard about!

Flax…! Hulls! I found out that hulls do not burn. :) I think the choice would be to use whatever is most available in the area in which you live.

I am now researching all the superb suggestions.

Fantastic ideas/answers…thank you….lurve coming to all.

Coloma's avatar

@DarlingRhadamanthus Yes, there is an amazing rice bale house near me, completely fire proof, insulated and on par with Adobe for heating/cooling conservation.

DarlingRhadamanthus's avatar

@Coloma…I don’t know where you live (exactly)...but if there are others that live the zany (i.e. adventurous) life you do…and as self-sustaining…it must be super.

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