integral to the ventilation of the attic space is the protection of the insulation against wind washing
Rutland, VT (Vocus/PRWEB) February 17, 2011
Kirk Moore, CEO of Vermont based bpEnnovations, recently sat down with building materials sales & marketing consultants D R Sales & Marketing to discuss the many issues surrounding proper attic ventilation and their new Aerix Attic Ventilation System.
Topics discussed during this extensive sit down covered many different specifics in relation to roof ventilation, including how recent and coming building and energy code changes have accelerated the call for properly vented attic spaces, the building science community’s thoughts on the issue of roof/attic ventilation, current marketplace products, the need for education and of course the Aerix Attic Ventilation System being brought to market by bpEnnovations.
During the interview, Kirk pointed out that ”the concept of roof ventilation is not new – in fact it has been required by building codes for many years. Today we are building structures much tighter than ever before to meet new standards for energy efficiency. This has changed the dynamics of the building envelope – most notably the ventilation and insulation component.” Kirk further explained that “integral to the ventilation of the attic space is the protection of the insulation against wind washing caused by air currents introduced to the attic space through the soffit vents.”
While being “Green” is a common buzzword industry wide, Moore simplified his thoughts on how being green and having a properly ventilated attic space go hand in hand. “As an architect, I believe that improving the building envelope is the biggest contributor to sustainability – or being green. Reducing the demand for heating and cooling, which is the lion share of energy consumption, by building high performing envelopes -simply makes sense.”
Changes in energy codes are also contributing to overall growing awareness to the issue, and Kirk is not shy in pointing out that more are coming. “ Several states in the northeast have already adopted energy codes that require a wind block in every framing bay at the roof eave, as well as ventilation” said Moore. “We expect that most of the other states will soon follow.” When explaining how code changes play into the Aerix Attic Ventilation System Kirk explains that “Aerix has been engineered to meet the current code requirements as well as some other changes we anticipate will be coming. The Aerix eave baffle vent provides an integral wind block and vent channel which isolates the soffit delivered air movement from the insulation at the eave – protecting it from the effects of wind washing. The Aerix system can be used with all types of insulation – spray foam, batt, and blown-in fiber.”
Other highlights of the all encompassing discussion include Kirk’s thoughts on existing attic ventilation products, (“none of which do a very good job in terms of performance”), bpEnnovations views on non-vented Cathedral ceilings (“a vented roof deck is still the most sound design approach”), awareness on the greater issues surrounding roof ventilation (“ I do not feel that there is adequate awareness on this issue and more education is definitely needed”) as well as Kirk’s views on the role of insulation manufacturers and his own National distributor Parksite in spreading the word on attic ventilation in general and the Aerix Attic Ventilation System in particular.
The interview can be read in its entirety at http://www.dr-sales.com/news/
bpEnnovations is a Rutland, Vermont-based company with offices in Rutland and Bennington Vermont. AERIX is exclusively distributed by industry leader Parksite, servicing the building industry as a wholesale distributor offering a wide range of exterior and interior building materials.
For more information, call 1-877.475.9360 or visit http://www.bpennovations.com.
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