Richard Munson, President
27 Main Street
West Swanzey, NH 03469
Subject: "PAR/PAC GETS STRAPPED IN ALASKA"
As owner and manager of Arctic Energy Systems, I have assisted
in the design and construction of numerous energy efficient
homes in Alaska's far North for over 20 years. Building to
extremes in Alaska's arctic has provided me with a unique
testing ground for modern energy efficient building methods
and materials, such as the Par/Pac cellulose insulation
When redesigning my own home (10,000+ degree days), I discovered
that after twenty years of offering technical advice on energy
efficiency to others, I had to struggle for months selecting
an INSULATION SYSTEM for my own home. I'm an asthma sufferer
so I needed an airtight insulation system to ensure the structure
would not LEAK in a cold, windy climate. We needed to guarantee
against cold spots in the wall that would support mold growth.
Other healthy home features were to be included as well.
Par/Pac dense packed recycled cellulose insulation system,
licensed to Thermo-Kool of Alaska (call for more information,
907-563-3644), with its new Par/Pac reinforced poly,
met all of our criteria.
Because of the added structural framing and steel hold downs
required in new homes built in earthquake areas, and the need
for higher insulation levels in the walls to achieve the 5
Star plus home energy rating, I STRAPPED the exterior walls
with 2x2's for added insulation space. After installing the
Par/Pac CELLULOSE INSULATION SYSTEM, I THEN STRAPPED
the walls which allowed me to keep all the electrical wiring
within the STRAPPING space. This technique protected the vapor
barrier from unnecessary penetrations, and increased my R-value
in the wall by 20%.
My home is heated with simple, low-cost radiant floor heating.
With the increased energy efficiency of my home, I eliminated
the need for fancy concrete in-floor heating systems and exotic
zone controls, saving thousands of dollars over the typical
floor heating installation. Yet I still have all the advantages
of warm floors, thanks to a well insulated, airtight Par/Pac
I'm convinced the Par/Pac cellulose insulation system
is a great system for a warmer, safer, and healthier home.
We encourage builders to try the Par/Pac system. If
they will do one home with dense dry packed cellulose and
Par/Pac, they will never go back to their old, archaic