The single easiest proven and most cost effective item to improve your thermal envelope is to use LOGIX Platinum R-28 Insulated Concrete Forms with BASF Neopor. Email your Plans (PDF) for High Performance Plan Review ($199) or LOGIX Envelope Package Estimate.
If you must use Stick Frame Construction, be sure to check out Halo below, the next best option. Keep in mind, adding anything to a 2x6 wall will likely cost more than LOGIX ICF.
SharkSkin Window and Door Flashing that sticks in all weather similar to SharkSkin Ultra SA Roof Underlayment
Viper VaporCheckthe best 10 Mil heavy duty vapor barrier used below slabs and trusses in buildings.
Viper provides superior vapor, air and mold protection in High Performance Buildings, reducing HVAC loads.
Most Advanced Rigid Insulation System R-5 per inch, added to exterior of stick frame to add thermal performance and other conventional uses below slabs, ceilings, walls etc.
Innovative Molded Floor Insulation for fast install of Hydronic Radiant Floor Tubing
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Thermal Envelope is the most important key element of a High Performance Building. Most important parts of thermal envelope include exterior walls, foundation, floor, roof, windows, doors and how they all come together. Continuous quality insulation is the key to eliminate thermal bridging. The purpose of the thermal envelope is to prevent heat transfer from interior of a house to its exterior in winter and vice versa in summer. The devil is in the details and all errors are accumulative against you. Think of these items as your HVAC Comfort System without the energy bill every month. Unlike easily replaceable items or energy using devices, these are simple static materials, paid for only once, and in most cases the selections in design and materials are irreversible and you only have one chance within the building process to get it right. Choose wisely, your monthly operational costs will be the result of your choices.
Superior Cost Effective Rigid Insulation, used below slabs, ceilings, walls etc.
Fortruss Floors combined with LOGIX walls provide superior strength, sound and fire ratings, they are the perfect combination for radiant floor heating and cooling,
leading to some common design themes, including insulated walk in coolers, moist and dry root cellars, storm shelters, safe rooms and certainly vaults.