Product Highlight: Thermafiber Rain Barrier

Thermafiber RainBarrier/Continuous Insulation products are designed for exceptional performance in rain screen and cavity wall construction applications RainBarrier HD provide energy saving continuous insulation (ci), fire protection, and acoustical control while efficiently draining water from a wall cavity system. RainBarrier products are non-combustible and compatible with common wall ties and air barrier systems.

A few characteristics:

– Non-combustible, non-deteriorating, & inorganic

– Repels and efficiently drains water

– Heavy density rigid board

– Conserves energy, reduces Greenhouse gas and carbon emissions

– Fire resistant to temperatures above 2000º F (1,093º C)

– Controls noise and sound

– Available in dark and regular colored fibers.

For additional information on Thermafiber Rain Barrier, please contact your local Service Partners branch. You can find the Rain Barrier HD Data Sheet here.

Accessories Galore!

Service Partners is the largest insulation distributor in the United States with 75+ branches nationwide. However, we carry a wide range of other building materials & accessories across the country.  Here is a list of a few of the other product categories we carry.

– Paint Supplies & Accessories
– Flooring & Tile
– Hardware
– Shelving Products
– Roofing / Shingles
Insulation Equipment

Our nationwide network of distribution facilities provides quality products from the country’s top manufacturers including 3m, Convenience Products, BASF, Knauf, CertainTeed, Owens Corning, Bayer and Ample Supply to name a few.

Commercial & Industrial Insulation!

Service Partners’ Metal Building Insulation Division or MBI for short provides many commercial and industrial organizations with various supplies for insulating commercial buildings.

We are laminators of insulation to vapor retarders and carry a long list of products including fall protection systems like Skyweb II™ and Elaminator™ and high R-value systems that including Simple Saver™, long tabbed banding systems and polyiso board systems. Furthermore, we also supply doors, canopies, daylights and skylights.


Click on any one of the buttons below for more detail on our commercial and industrial products.


 Fiberglass Insulation & Vapor Barriers  High R-Value Insulation Systems  Fall Protection  Doors, Canopies, Daylighting, Skylights  Board & Concrete Construction Insulation

Google Buys Nest


Recently Google bought Nest, a digital thermostat company for 3 billion dollars. Nest thermostats are much more than a digital thermostat that can be connected to the web and controlled by your smart phone. They are also self learning thermostats that will change their behavior based on your personal schedule. Nest takes the programmer thermostat to a whole new level for homeowners. However, these devices aren’t cheap costing roughly $250 a piece. You don’t have to spend $250 for a digital thermostat for your customer’s home but a nice programmer thermostat will do just as good of job in helping make a home more energy efficient.


Google buying Nest signals that major companies, including technology companies, are willing to bet big on the home energy market and are looking to integrate technology to help homes become more energy efficient. Continuously be on the lookout for new technology similar to Nest Thermostats that make their way to market as they can help you integrate technology into your customer’s home giving you an edge over your competition.

Cold Weather Wake Up Call | Pipe Insulation

Pipe Insulation

Many of us are still feeling the effects of the extreme cold weather that has continuously ripped through the United States the last couple of weeks.  Many homeowners forget that these extreme cold temperatures can have a lasting impact on pipes.  As water freezes in pipes, it can lead to built up pressure eventually causing the pipe to burst.   A good way to help prevent water pipes from bursting during cold temperatures is to insulate them.Pipe insulation is easy to install and can go along way to helping prevent unwanted leaks under your house or in your basement.



Home Energy Audits: Infographic

Home Energy Audit

This home energy audit infographic is courtesy of the United States Department of Energy.


Energy Saver 101

What is a home energy audit?

A home energy audit is the first step to improving your home’s energy efficiency. A home energy audit helps you pinpoint where your house is losing energy and what you can do to save money. Home energy auditors will also assess health and safety issues that might exist in your home. The audit involves two parts: The home assessment and analysis using computer software.

Did you know? You could save 5 to 30 percent on your energy bill by making an efficiency upgrades identified in your home energy audit.


The Auditor’s Toolbox

Below are some of the tools energy auditors used to inspect homes energy use.

Telescoping ladder: To reach into an attic or up high.

Screwdrivers, pliers and adjustable wrench: To remove outlet plate and inspect appliances.

25 foot tape measure: For making a footprint sketch of the house.

Flashlight and batteries: To help see behind appliances.

Digital cameras: To help seeing to hard to reach places and document elements of the house.

Pen and paper: For taking notes.

Infrared camera: To help determine the air leakage and insulation.

Combustion analyzer: Tool designed to sample flue gases in vented combustion appliances and measure flue gas temperature, leaks and carbon monoxide.

Blower door: A large fan that depressurizes the home by sucking air out. This test simulates the effect of a 20 mph wind to allow the auditor to find air leaks.

Manometer: A gauge that measures the difference in pressure in a home in point air leakage and test exhaust devices for proper operation.

Smoke generating device: Produces a thin stream of smoke or non-toxic fog to help find air leakage and duct leakage.

Watt meter: Measures the electrical energy use by various devices throughout the home.

Soap bubbles: Used to confirm fuel leaks in combustion appliances.

Digital probe thermometer: For testing temperature rise and heating equipment and operating temperatures.

Inspection mirror: To see into constricted spaces.

Draft gauge: To test for chimney drafts.

Moisture meter: Measures moisture level and wood in other materials.


The Home Energy Audit Checklist:

Certified Home energy auditors should go through the following steps in a home energy audit.

  1. Analyze past years fuel bills to determine base energy consumption.
  2. Interviewed the homeowner to learn about problems and how the home operates.
  3. Explain the audit process.
  4. Conduct exterior inspection.
  5. Health and safety inspection.
  6. Interior visual inspection.
  7. Assess electrical system for safety concerns.
  8. Combustion appliance inspection.
  9. Blower door test.
  10. Analyzing findings and create a comprehensive home energy report.


Home Energy Audit: What to Look For

  • Note the number and location of air registers.
  • Inspect windows and doors and check for access window condensation.
  • Note and test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Inspect lighting fixtures and recessed lights.
  • Check for air leaks around the outlets, fixtures, doors and windows.
  • Inspect the fireplace.
  • Note thermostat type and setting.
  • Check for wall insulation and framing type.
  • Look for indoor air quality problems and lead-based paint.

In the Attic

  • Inspect insulation.
  • Check for major air leakage issues in places like chimney bypasses, recessed lighting and HVAC ducks.
  • Note to any signs of water leakage.
  • Inspect wiring for safety issues.

In the Basement and Utility Room

  • Furnace: test for fuel leaks, change the furnace filter, clean furnace blower.
  • Water heater: Note thermostat setting and installation on tank and piping; test draft hood.
  • Perform combustion appliances owned testing on all combustible fuel fired appliances.
  • Inspect duct system and dryer venting.

In the Kitchen/Bathroom

  • Look for electrical or other hazards.
  • Assess electrical appliance energy use with a watt meter or manufacturer nameplate.
  • Check for moisture and excess water vapor.
  • Assess vent fans for flow rate.


What is the blower door test?

A blower door test locates air leaks by using a special fan to depressurize a house. Blower tests are conducted before and after air sealing to measure the effectiveness of the work.

Did you know? The average home has enough air leakage to add up to a two-foot-square hole. That’s like leaving a medium-sized window open 24 hours a day!


Mythbusting Infrared Imaging

Infrared cannot see through objects or air. It can only see temperatures with cold objects appearing darker in warm objects appearing lighter.

Infrared doesn’t see color. The color is computer-generated to make a difference in temperature easier to see to the untrained eye.

Infrared imaging should not mean the only tool an energy auditor uses. When used during the blower door test infrared imaging is a powerful tool for determining air leaks.


Importance of Soffit Vents With Chutes

Soffit vents are used in many homes to allow air into the attic.  This air is controlled and shouldn’t be confused with air leakage.  Controlled air flow into the attic allows a way to remove moisture and control temperature.    The challenge is to make sure that the insulation installed in the attic does not stop airflow.  The way to combat this is to install a vent chute that allows air to flow up and over the insulation.    Service Partners carries a variety of vents and baffles that you can install for your customers to help with airflow in the attic.

If you or your business is interested in learning more about building science consider taking our Building Performance Institute classes.


BPI Certification

Recessed Lights – Air Sealing

Many older homes that have recessive lighting may not have insulation contact (IC) lights.   As a contractor or homeowner this is one thing that you can check to make sure air leakage is kept to a minimum.  If the recess light is not IC it is recommend you replace the light fixture with one that is IC rated.  Upon replacement you can then place insulation in direct contact with the fixture, helping to minimize the transfer of air.

Recessed Lights