By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: May 2011
Owner Greg Wolter started Community Builders in Tulsa and has been serving the area for nearly 30 years.
What causes the greatest carbon footprint? Cars, planes, trains, or homes? According to Greg Wolter, owner of Community Builders, Inc., “Our homes by far leave the greatest carbon footprint, and people are shocked by that answer.”
Wolter started his Tulsa business nearly 30 years ago. Community Builders is a home remodeling company that does business in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri. “We are not general contractors,” says Greg. The company specializes doing what they do best, including their Energy Star rated Green Energy Barrier, a radiant barrier that will keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
The Green Energy Barrier is easily installed to the rafters or over the blown insulation between the joists of the attic area. The foil insulation from the Green Energy Barrier is the most cost effective reflective insulation on the market today, according to Wolter. It effectively works by reflecting the heat absorbed by your roof during Oklahoma’s hot summers. In winter, it provides a barrier to contain heat within your home. This reflective barrier is actually the same that NASA uses to protect astronauts from the extreme temperatures in space.
The preferred method of utilizing the Green Energy Barrier is to apply it to the underside of your rafters to immediately make your home more energy efficient. It can, however, be installed to the joists right on top of attic insulation. “Either way, you’ll immediately begin reaping the benefits by seeing lower energy bills,” says Wolter.
If you already have insulation in your attic, you may ask why you would need the Green Energy Barrier. Simply explained by Wolter, “Blown insulation acts like a sponge as it ‘sucks up’ the heat in your attic. As heat builds up, the ‘sponge’ becomes saturated to the point where it can attract no more heat. That’s why air conditioning systems come on early and don’t go off until well into the night on most summer days.”
Regardless of how much insulation you have in your attic, adding the Green Energy Barrier can save on heating and cooling expenses and will keep your family more comfortable. “Energy savings for heating and cooling can vary depending upon several factors that include climate, materials used, site, building configuration, and lifestyle,” explains Wolter.
Testing results by the Florida Solar Energy Center at Cape Canaveral have shown that radiant barriers in full-scale building models provide radiation barriers that result in significant resistance to heat transfer. It’s like wrapping a baked potato in aluminum foil; the foil keeps a potato warm longer by holding in the heat. The benefits you gain from Green Energy Barrier foil insulation from Community Builders will last a lifetime. The product will not promote mold and mildew growth, and you’ll save money year after year and know that your green home will continue to conserve valuable energy.
The Green Energy Barrier carries a lifetime warranty, requires no maintenance, should save you 25 to 50 percent on your home’s heating and cooling expenses, and has a positive impact on home resale values.
Greg Wolter advises that you check with the Better Business Bureau before signing a contract for home improvements of any kind. It’s reassuring when you find you’re doing business with a company that has nearly 30 years of roots running deep in Oklahoma soil.
Community Builders also provides services for replacement windows, spray-on coatings, composite siding, and sunroom additions. Give Greg a call today for a free estimate to make your home green with Green Energy Barrier foil insulation.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.
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