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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Spec Plan J: Insulation

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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:


From howstuffworks.com:

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spec planning: insulation

Getting Started

Step 1: develop the plan

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


Step 2: get required building permits


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

find insulation contractors

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Helpful Tools

Some helpful forms for making remodeling decisions:

home improvement guide
home remodeling checklist
remodeling specification sheet
contractor evaluation form