Sunday, 22 January 2012

Insulation R Value compared with IQ

I was reviewing my notes from BC Building Envelope Council's last AGM meeting on September 21, 2011 and wanted to share this quote from John Straube of Building Science Corporation.

While speaking to insulation values in current construction he stated: "R values are like IQ, if speaking in single digits, you are an idiot!"

I am reminded of this quote every time I look at the towers in the downtown core of Vancouver, which collectively represents a thermal resistance of R2 with all the glazing present.  If this represents modern architecture, it might be time to have somebody, other than the architects, start making the important design decisions we need if we are going to start building in a sustainable fashion.

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