Insulation (list of insulation material)

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R-values per inch given in SI and Imperial units (Typical values are approximations, based on the average of available results. Ranges are marked with "–". Clicking on SI column sorts by median value of range, clicking on Imperial column sorts by lowest value. Third column are real SI values that are not per inch. Based on the units, the two last columns should have a conversion factor of 5.71. In practice, the numbers will have been measured using different methods.)
Material m2·K/(W·in) ft2·°F·h/(BTU·in) K/W
Vacuum insulated panel 5.28–8.8 R-30–R-50
Silica aerogel 1.76 R-10
Polyurethane rigid panel (CFC/HCFC expanded) initial 1.23–1.41 R-7–R-8
Polyurethane rigid panel (CFC/HCFC expanded) aged 5–10 years 1.10 R-6.25
Polyurethane rigid panel (pentane expanded) initial 1.20 R-6.8
Polyurethane rigid panel (pentane expanded) aged 5–10 years 0.97 R-5.5
Foil faced Polyurethane rigid panel (pentane expanded) 45-48 [1]
Foil-faced polyisocyanurate rigid panel (pentane expanded ) initial 1.20 R-6.8 55 [1]
Foil-faced polyisocyanurate rigid panel (pentane expanded) aged 5–10 years 0.97 R-5.5
Polyisocyanurate spray foam 0.76–1.46 R-4.3–R-8.3
Closed-cell polyurethane spray foam 0.97–1.14 R-5.5–R-6.5
Phenolic spray foam 0.85–1.23 R-4.8–R-7
Thinsulate clothing insulation 1.01 R-5.75
Urea-formaldehyde panels 0.88–1.06 R-5–R-6
Urea foam[2] 0.92 R-5.25
Extruded expanded polystyrene (XPS) high-density 0.88–0.95 R-5–R-5.4 26-40[1]
Polystyrene board[2] 0.88 R-5.00
Phenolic rigid panel 0.70–0.88 R-4–R-5
Urea-formaldehyde foam 0.70–0.81 R-4–R-4.6
High-density fiberglass batts 0.63–0.88 R-3.6–R-5
Extruded expanded polystyrene (XPS) low-density 0.63–0.82 R-3.6–R-4.7
Icynene loose-fill (pour fill)[3] 0.70 R-4
Molded expanded polystyrene (EPS) high-density 0.70 R-4.2 22-32[1]
Home Foam[4] 0.69 R-3.9
Rice hulls[5] 0.50 R-3.0 24
Fiberglass batts[6] 0.55–0.76 R-3.1–R-4.3
Cotton batts (Blue Jean insulation)[7][8] 0.65 R-3.7
Molded expanded polystyrene (EPS) low-density 0.65 R-3.85
Icynene spray[9][3] 0.63 R-3.6
Open-cell polyurethane spray foam 0.63 R-3.6
Cardboard 0.52–0.7 R-3–R-4
Rock and slag wool batts 0.52–0.68 R-3–R-3.85
Cellulose loose-fill[10] 0.52–0.67 R-3–R-3.8
Cellulose wet-spray[10] 0.52–0.67 R-3–R-3.8
Rock and slag wool loose-fill[11] 0.44–0.65 R-2.5–R-3.7
Fiberglass loose-fill[11] 0.44–0.65 R-2.5–R-3.7
Polyethylene foam 0.52 R-3
Cementitious foam 0.35–0.69 R-2–R-3.9
Perlite loose-fill 0.48 R-2.7
Wood panels, such as sheathing 0.44 R-2.5 9 [12]
Fiberglass rigid panel 0.44 R-2.5
Vermiculite loose-fill 0.38–0.42 R-2.13–R-2.4
Vermiculite[13] 0.38 R-2.13 16-17[1]
Straw bale[14] 0.26 R-1.45 16-22[1]
Papercrete[15] R-2.6-R-3.2
Softwood (most)[16] 0.25 R-1.41 7.7 [12]
Wood chips and other loose-fill wood products 0.18 R-1
Snow 0.18 R-1
Hardwood (most)[16] 0.12 R-0.71 5.5 [12]
Brick 0.030 R-0.2 1.3-1.8[12]
Glass[2] 0.025 R-0.14
Poured concrete[2] 0.014 R-0.08 0.43-0.87 [12]

References[edit]

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  15. ^ [3]
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