30 Dec '16, 6pm

Lots of manufacturers make exaggerated R-value claims. Finally, one is dragged into court. For GBA subscribers:

Lots of manufacturers make exaggerated R-value claims. Finally, one is dragged into court. For GBA subscribers:

It looks like Insultex is finally going down. On November 3, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission sued Innovative Designs , noting that the company’s R-value claims are false and deceptive. The suit alleges: “IDI markets its ‘Insultex House Wrap’ through deceptive claims related to R-values, which measure the insulating ability of materials, including home insulation. … IDI claims R-values of either ‘R-3’ for its thinner product, or ‘R-6’ for its thicker product, and consequently, significant energy savings for consumers. However, IDI cannot substantiate these claims. Indeed, they are false. Even IDI’s ‘R-6’ product has an R-value of substantially less than R-1. … Defendant did not possess and rely upon competent and reliable testing for the R-values it claimed for Insultex House Wrap. Defendant’s purported test data does not have a reasonable technical basis. … Insultex Hou...

Full article: http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/articles/dept/musings...

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