Swedish company Träullit produce Dekor Tiles from an environmentally-friendly recyclable material, made from ‘wood-wool’, cement & water. This combination of natural components is simple & clever. Wood fibres make the tiles sound-absorbent & give the product a heat-insulating, heat-retaining quality. This contributes to lower energy costs, reducing environmental impact. Cement provides strength, moisture resistance & fire protection. http://www.traullit.se/product/produkter/traullit-dekor/
The 2-foot thick walls of the Roble Road house soak up sunlight during the day and radiate heat at night. They provide at least 3 times the insulation value of a typical Bay Area home. Photo: DSA Architects / SF
How to Insulate Basement Rim Joists ~~ Cut heat loss through the rim joists and tighten up your house with rigid foam insulation. In just a couple of hours, you can seal and insulate your rim joists, which are major sources of heat loss in many homes. This project will help lower your heating costs and save you money. Insulating the rim joists is one of the best things you can do to make your home more energy efficient. And it’s easy, too, so anyone can do it.