There is no healthier, high-performance option worth considering for insulation in a confined space
- Vapor drive is a real thing; cavities need to be able to breathe and release moisture.
- Space is confined; don’t add toxic materials – particularly when you don’t have to.
- Maximize your air quality; don’t add to the statistic that suggests indoor air quality is some 2-500% worse than outdoor air.
You are downsizing or choosing to live small for a reason. In making a decision to increase freedom, minimize constraints and live healthier please don’t forget to include the materials you introduce into your living space.
High-performance and healthy building are not mutually exclusive concepts. With a bit of time and thought you can build a living space to be proud of that will allow you to feel its advantages every minute of the day. To do so, consider breathable, airtight membranes and VOC absorbing wool insulation.
If you want to introduce one of the worst elements of building into your tiny space, fiberglass is perfect for you. It used to be labeled a carcinogen and arguably still should be.
If you want to insulate yourself with newspaper why not ditch the house and live outside? Newspaper is not an insulator; it burns and molds which means it has loads of chemicals and cannot get wet. Whether you buy wool or not; do not use cellulose.
Consider a guy in a hazmat suit pulling up to your build site with a chemical plant. You have to leave the zip code while spraying occurs but according to the manufacturer, it is fine for you to occupy the space within hours. Really? Foam has no place in the built environment.
Perhaps a nice idea, but like newspaper do you really think about cotton and insulation in the same sentence? Mold and fire are serious challenges, and we hear install sucks.
Is it wool? No. Potential for off-gassing is real with a formaldehyde binder and whatever other chemicals are used to combine rock and steel (byproduct) into insulation. Also, your living small to reduce your footprint, right? Think about the heat needed to adhere these fibers.
Why You Should Use Wool for Tiny House Insulation:
Unparalleled Health & Safety
Building Small Makes High-performance More Attainable.
We applaud your efforts in committing to live small. The list of advantages is already long and seems to be growing daily.
If you are a DIYer then you will probably take the time to learn about each product you use and ideally stumble across wool as an insulator. If you are less handy, please use the extra time to be vigilant.
Builders are bringing bottom-line driven practices into the demand-driven space of #Tinyhouse. Do not be taken advantage of and use the money you are saving to surround yourself with healthy, high-performing materials.
Use the smart wall or smart enclosure system; consider cork flooring; add an HRV system to allow for proper ventilation. These elements of high-performance building are much more easily added to a smaller space than a large one.
What Does Your Build Require?
Approximate amounts of wool needed to insulate walls, floor and ceiling of your home:
|Trailer Length||Wall S/F||Bags||Floor S/F||Bags||Ceiling S/F||Bags||Total S/F||Bags||$/bag||Total Cost|
* Assumes trailer is 8′ wide; walls are 14′ tall and roof is flat
* Windows will reduce material requirements
* Exterior walls and floor are 2x4s and ceiling is 2×6
Farm to Walls
You are choosing the lifestyle; we help you live it! At Havelock Wool, we connect nature to our daily lives through our all natural wool insulation. Our “farm to wall” approach to insulation is revolutionizing how others think about the insulation and building materials that go into their living spaces.
According to the EPA, your indoor air quality is 2-5 times worse inside your home than outside. Consider the building materials that contribute to your indoor air quality and don’t let them in your #tinyhouse.