10 Fascinating Insulation Facts

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 by Karyn Almeida

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  1. Ancient Greeks and Romans discovered asbestos and found many uses for its resistance to heat (they even knew it caused lung sickness)

  2. Romans used cork in their shoes to keep their feet warm

  3. Ancients Hawaiians used fluffy molten lava fibers to blanket their huts

  4. Spray foam is a relatively new product that when settles expands then hardens

  5. In the Middle Ages they hung up large tapestries to help keep out the drafts

  6. Modern day building laws have become much stricter and for energy efficient homes you should follow the US Department of Energy’s insulation guidelines: Click here
  7. Early North American frame walls were filled with sawdust and corn cobs

  8. The energy crisis coupled with the health issues related to asbestos led to an increase in fiberglass

  9. Blown cellulose is made from recycled newspaper

  10. 10.  Insulation comes in all kinds of materials—newspaper, glass, hemp, flax, chemicals, straw and sheep’s wool


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