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Program for estimating the economic levels or R-values of insulation in new or existing single family homes. Calculates economic levels of insulation for attics; cathedral ceilings; exterior wood frame and masonry walls; metal-framed buildings; ductwork over unheated spaces, slab floors, basement and crawlspace walls; ductwork in unconditioned spaces; and water heaters.

Keywords

economic insulation level, residential buildings

Validation/Testing

N/A

Expertise Required

No training required.

Users

Many.

Audience

Homeowners; builders; anyone interested in economic levels of insulation for a home.

Input

Climate data specified by the first three digits of the ZIP code; enter local insulation and energy costs (state-average cost data used as default values).

Output

Final report on economic insulation levels shown on the screen; can be optionally printed.

Computer Platform

Requires Java-capable browser (such as Netscape or Internet Explorer) and Internet access.

Programming Language

Java

Strengths

Easy user-friendly analysis of home insulation levels.

Weaknesses

For residential homes only. Recommendations based on life-cycle costs; may not correspond to local building/energy code.

Contact

Company:

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Address:

P O Box 2008
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-6092
United States

Telephone:

(865)574-5931

Facsimile:

(865) 576-8424

E-mail:

WILKESKE@ornl.gov

Website:

http://www.ornl.gov/~roofs/Zip/ZipHome.html

Availability

Available free on the web site.