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CIMA Technical Bulletin #1
Cellulose Insulation in the ICC International Codes
(upd: 12/98)
PDF file Cellulose Insulation in the ICC International Codes

CIMA Technical Bulletin #2
Standard Practice for Installing Cellulose Building Insulation
(updated: 12/98)
PDF file Standard Practice for Installing Cellulose Building Insulation

CIMA Technical Bulletin #4
Replaced by ASTM Standard Designation C1497 available at www.astm.org
(Published: 3/2000)

CIMA Technical Bulletin #5
Guide for Installation of Cellulosic Fiber Stabilized Thermal Insulation
(Published: 3/2001)
PDF file Guide for Installation of Cellulosic Fiber

CIMA Technical Update #1
Cellulose Insulation in IECC 2000
(Published: 3/2001)
PDF file Technical Update: Cellulose Insulation in the ICC International Codes

Special Report #1: The Burning Question: the truth about cellulose insulation and fire
A monograph on the matter of cellulose insulation and fire safety.
PDF file "Burning Question"

Builder Fact Sheet: NAHB-RC – Resource Conservation Research Home
A detailed description of the insulation system in this demonstration house in the National Association of Home Builders Research Home Park in Bowie, Maryland
PDF file NAHB Research Conservation House Fact Sheet

Conference Presentation – Cellulose: Building Insulation with High Recovered Content, Low Embodied Energy
A paper presented at Green Building '96, sponsored by the University of Florida.
PDF file "Cellulose & Green Building"

Conference Presentation – Cellulose Insulation
A paper presented at the 2000 Building a Greener New Jersey Conference, sponsored by Rutgers, the State University.
PDF file "Building a Greener New Jersey"

Conference Presentation – Update on Cellulose Insulation
A paper presented at the November 1997 Department of Energy/National Institute of Building Science
PDF file Update on Cellulose Insulation

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Consumer Update #1: Insulation Effectiveness Bulletin: "Beyond R-value: the truth about insulation performance in the real world of buildings"
This two page document contains a down-to-earth explanation of how insulation R-values (steady state data and calculations) of materials stack up in terms of actual performance according to field results and building inspections. Actual energy savings and comfort are strongly influenced by important physical parameters discussed here. Conclusion: all "R-factors" are NOT created equal -- let the buyer beware…
PDF file "Beyond R-value"

Consumer Update #2: Insulation Effectiveness Bulletin:"Straight Talk about building insulation and fire"
This two page document reviews the facts and debunks myths about fire performance of insulation materials. Systematically, using the latest evidence from field investigations, lab reports and information available from fire chiefs, CIMA goes over the relationship between building insulation systems and fire safety.
PDF file "Straight Talk"

Consumer Update #4: Insulation Effectiveness Bulletin: "When You Consider Performance and Safety Factors: the balance swings to cellulose building insulation."
This detailed six page document presents side by side a very detailed comparison based on the latest information of cellulose insulation compared to mineral fiber insulating materials including: R-factors; settling and loss of performance; air-infiltration; convection losses; moisture vapor; fire safety; health (indoor and occupational) considerations, corrosion resistance; ease of installation; and environmental qualities.
PDF file "Performance and Safety"

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