Calmar Corporation
2420 Piedmont St.
Kenner, LA 70062

Toll Free: (800) 410-6242
Local: 504-464-6242

Fax: 504-464-6266 
sales@calmarinc.com
 
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Residential Insulation

When selecting insulation for your home, Calmar wants to provide the best performing product available, and the one that provides you with the best value for your money. Calmar will help you determine what type of insulation is right for you and we will design a system that will meet your needs.

Cellulose Insulation
Spray Foam Insulation and Coatings
Insulate Your Investment
Insulation Application
Residential Tax Credits and Rebate Programs

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Cellulose Insulation

Nu-Wool Engineered Cellulose Insulation is an energy-saving insulation made from recycled newspapers. This environmentally friendly, “green” insulation provides savings up to 40% on energy bills and well as providing a sound controlled, comfortable, draft-free home.

Advantages of Cellulose Insulation

  • Good for irregularly shaped areas and around obstructions, since as fitting around items in walls like pipes and wiring leaving few air pockets that can reduce the overall efficiency of the wall.
  • Cellulose performs 20-30% better at reducing energy used for heating than fiberglass.
  • One of the greenest building products in the world today. Made from recycled newspaper and other recycled paper.
  • Reduces unwanted noise.
  • Highest R-value per inch.
  • Excellent fire retardant capabilities (effective 1-hour fire rating).
 
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Spray Foam Insulation and Coatings

» R-Tite Spray Foam Insulation (PDF File) is a non-toxic vegetable-based spray foam insulation solution that provides superior air leakage control, moisture control, and sound control.

» Open Cell Foam Insulation expands to fill and seal cavity, but expands slowly, preventing damage to the wall. Open cell foam is resistant to water wicking.

Advantages of Open Cell Foam Insulation:

  • Seamless Protective Building Envelope
  • Eliminate Air Infiltration
  • Excellent Adhesion
  • Energy Savings
  • Avoids Thermal Bridging
  • Meets UL Class 1 Fire Requirements
  • Provides a Continuous Air Barrier
  • Reduce/Eliminate Convection Currents within Walls

» Closed Cell Foam Insulation is non-porous, and not moisture-penetrable, thereby effectively forming a vapor barrier.

Advantages of Closed Cell Foam Insulation:

  • Seamless Protective Building Envelope
  • Moisture and Vapor Barrier
  • Eliminate Air Infiltration
  • Excellent Adhesion and Strength
  • Highest R Value
  • Energy Savings
  • Meets UL Class 1 Requirements
  • Provides a Continuous Air Barrier
  • Reduce and Eliminate Convection Currents within Walls

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Insulate Your Investment

Insulating your investment will…

  • Increase energy efficiency, thus saving up to 50% on your monthly energy bills.
  • Improve indoor air quality and reduce moisture-related problems.
  • Reduce unwanted noise= quieter home.
  • Reduce air leaks.
  • Add structural integrity to walls and ceilings of your home.
  • Increase your resale value of your home.
  • Provide more uniform temperatures throughout the home.
  • Make your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
  • Eliminate condensation in duct work and walls that can lead to costly mold growth.
  • Reduces air infiltrations allowing insulation to be more effective and reducing the demand on HVAC equipment.
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Insulation Application

  • Exterior walls
  • Attic space
  • Roof
  • Floors over un-air conditioned spaces
  • Interior walls
  • Overhangs
  • Patio’s and sunrooms
  • Sub-floors and crawl spaces
  • Basements
  • Knee walls
  • Cathedral ceilings
  • Walls between non-insulated garages
 
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Residential Tax Credits and Rebate Programs

Home Energy Rebate Option (HERO)

Incentive Type: State Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Custom/Others pending approval
Applicable Sectors: Residential
Incentive Amount: Up to 20% of costs
Maximum Incentive: $2,000
Project Review/Certification: New homes no longer are eligible under the program; existing homes must have improved energy efficiency of at least 30%

Web Site: http://www.dnr.louisiana.gov/sec/execdiv/techasmt/programs/residential/hero/index.htm
Summary:
The Home Energy Rebate Option (HERO) Program is offered by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for residents to receive cash rebates for energy efficient improvements to existing homes. The actual amount of the incentives depends on the resulting energy savings. The rebate amount is either 20% of the cost of energy efficiency improvements or 20% of the present value of energy saved by the improvements over the useful life, whichever is less. Any homeowner of an existing home is eligible to apply under this program.  
 
All applications must be submitted prior to the start of any renovation. The homeowner contacts a certified home energy rater listed on the Louisiana DNR site and, pending funding, gets a preliminary rating containing proposed improvements. In order to receive the rebate, the improvements must increase the energy efficiency of the home by at least 30%. After the home has been rated, the homeowner must make the improvements within six months. Following a final verification rating by the home rater, the HERO Program will issue a rebate to the homeowner.

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Cleco Power - Power Miser Home Program


Incentive Type: Utility Rate Discount
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Water Heaters, Furnaces, Air conditioners, Duct/Air sealing, Building Insulation, Windows, Doors, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Applicable Sectors: Residential
Amount: 10% discount on energy from November through April for the first five years that the customer lives in their house.
Requirement: Home must be built to Power Miser Standards.
Web Site: http://www.cleco.com/site461.php

Summary:
Louisiana's Cleco Power offers a rate discount for residential customers who build homes that meet the Power Miser Program specifications. A customer that is building a new home that meets the standards will receive a rate discount of 10% between November and April for the first five years they live in the house.  
 
Power Miser Standards include:  

-Air Conditioner/Furnace has minimum SEER rating of 14  
- Metal ductwork has 2 inches foil-backed insulation  
- Non-metal ductwork made out of insulating material  
- Electric water heater is well-insulated  
-Floor and wall insulation has minimum rating of R-13  
-Attic insulation has minimum rating of R-30  

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Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credit

Incentive Type: Personal Tax Credit
State: Federal
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Water Heaters, Furnaces, Boilers, Heat pumps, Air conditioners, Building Insulation, Windows, Doors, Roofs, Circulating fans used in a qualifying furnace
Applicable Sectors: Residential
Amount: 30%
Maximum Incentive: Aggregate amount of credit for all technologies placed in service in 2009 and 2010 combined is limited to $1,500
Equipment/Installation Requirements: Equipment must be new and in compliance with all applicable performance and safety standards as described in tax code
Date Effective: 1/1/2006
Expiration Date: 12/31/2010
Website: www.irs.gov

Summary:
The federal tax credit for energy-efficient home improvements was established by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. After expiring December 31, 2007, the credit was extended and expanded by The Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008 (H.R. 1424: Div. B, Sec. 302) and The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (H.R. 1: Div. B, Sec. 1121). The credit now applies to eligible equipment purchased between January 1, 2009, and December 31, 2010. In addition to extending the credit, H.R. 1424 and H.R. 1 strengthened the efficiency requirements for most equipment, extended the credit to stoves that use biomass fuel and asphalt roofs with appropriate cooling granules; raised the cap for the credit; and redesigned the way the credit is calculated.  
 
The credit applies to energy efficiency improvements in the building envelope of existing homes and for the purchase of high-efficiency heating, cooling and water-heating equipment. Efficiency improvements or equipment must serve a dwelling in the United States that is owned and used by the taxpayer as a primary residence. The maximum amount of homeowner credit for all improvements combined is $1,500 for equipment purchased during the two-year period of 2009 and 2010.  
 
Building Envelope Improvements
Owners of existing homes receive a tax credit worth 30% of the cost of upgrading the efficiency of the building's envelope. Installation (labor) costs are not included. The following improvements are eligible for the tax credit:

  • Insulation materials and systems designed to reduce a home's heat loss or gain
  • Exterior doors and windows (including skylights) and
  • Pigmented metal roofs designed to reduce heat gain, and asphalt roofs with appropriate cooling granules.
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Energy-Efficient New Homes Tax Credit for Home Builders



Incentive Type: Corporate Tax Credit Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Applicable Sectors: Construction
Amount: $1,000-$2,000, depending on energy savings and home type
Maximum Incentive: $2,000
Web Site:
http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/industries/article/0,,id=155445,00.html

Expiration Date: 12/31/2009

Summary:
The federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 established tax credits of up to $2,000 for builders of all new energy-efficient homes, including manufactured homes constructed in accordance with the Federal Manufactured Homes Construction and Safety Standards. Initially scheduled to expire at the end of 2007, the tax credit was extended through 2008 by Section 205 of the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 (H.R. 6111), and then extended again through December 31, 2009 by Section 304 of The Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008 (H.R. 1424).  

The home qualifies for the credit if:

  • It is located in the United States;  
  • Its construction is substantially completed after August 8, 2005;  
  • It meets the energy saving requirements outlined in the statute; and  
  • It is acquired from the eligible contractor after December 31, 2005, and before January 1, 2010, for use as a residence.

Energy Saving Requirements:
Site-built homes qualify for a $2,000 credit if they are certified to reduce heating and cooling energy consumption by 50% relative to the International Energy Conservation Code standard and meet minimum efficiency standards established by the Department of Energy. Building envelope component improvements must account for at least one-fifth of the reduction in energy consumption.  
 
Manufactured homes qualify for a $2,000 credit if they conform to Federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards and meet the energy savings requirements of site-built homes described above.  
 
Manufactured homes qualify for a $1,000 credit if they conform to Federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards and reduce energy consumption by 30% relative to the International Energy Conservation Code standard. In this case, building envelope component improvements must account for at least one-third of the reduction in energy consumption. Alternatively, manufactured homes qualify if they meet Energy Star Labeled Homes requirements.