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Does CFI prevent the common problem in Australia of badly
installed insulation?

Yes. CFI Cellulose has a clear advantage over batt type insulation, which is
cut off-site & sometimes doesn't snugly fit the space between ceiling joists.
This installation problem is known as thermal bridging or thermal shortcircuiting
and can substantially reduce insulation batts’ effectiveness. This
problem is common throughout Australia, because
it’s always difficult to fit insulation batts into ceilings with no gaps between
the batts & the ceiling joists.
For example, installing an R3.0 insulation batt in your ceiling with a 4%
gap between the batt & the ceiling joist reduces the batts insulation
performance by 50% to R1.5. By choosing ‘no-gaps’ cellulose
insulation, you're home is guaranteed to receive the insulation
performance as advertised.

Does CFI prevent the common problem in Australia of insulation
products not reaching their advertised performance after they're installed?

Yes. When Australian manufactured batt-type insulation products are
installed in thicknesses greater than the ceiling joists, the uninsulated areas
left above the ceiling joists substantially reduce the batts’ advertised
insulation performance.
For example, in hardwood timber ceiling joists at high insulation levels of R
4.0 and above, batt insulation performance can be reduced by up to 45% to
R2.2 by the heat rising up through the timber joists.

Are there any Building Code of Australia ceiling plasterboard load
limits which do not accommodate CFI cellulose insulation?

No. Independent CSIRO testing shows that 10mm and 13 mm plaster
board can easily accommodate the 10kg/m2 imposed load while satisfying
the deflection limit specified in AS/NZS 2785:2000.

Which insulation is best for the environment?
CFI Cellulose...naturally. The Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) of the
environmental impact of all insulation products during their total life cycle
(i.e. from their manufacture to their removal at the end of the life of a
building) shows that cellulose is the world’s leading
environmentally friendly insulation. It’s satisfying for consumers to know
that a house
insulated with cellulose insulation will:
• Use less energy to heat or cool your living space, and therefore...
• Pay for itself in around 5 years due to reduced energy bills.
Importantly, cellulose insulation also contributes to the reduction of
greenhouse gas emissions through the use of less of Australia's fossil fuel based
(e.g. coal) energy resources.

What are
CFIcellulose insulations fire safety properties like?
Excellent. Because its an organic material, cellulose is treated with fire
retardants. It is the only common wood fibre based residential and light
commercial construction material that always receives such treatment. This
process makes cellulose insulation one of the safest construction materials
on the Australian market. Scientific studies of actual fires and
demonstration burns have proven that the dense fibre structure of fire retarded
cellulose actually slows the spread of fire, protecting ceiling joists
& plaster from the
spread of fire. This results in a fi re being contained at its ignition point, thus
preventing further damage.

How does
CFI cellulose insulation perform in achieving noise reduction
between rooms?

CFI Cellulose is an Australian market leader in the reduction of noise between
rooms, including between upstairs & ground floor rooms. Most sound
between rooms travels up through the ceiling & is reflected down into
adjoining rooms. Cellulose can reduce up to 66% of sound between rooms,
making your living environment substantially quie
ter. Cellulose is the
worlds most environmentally friendly insulation because:
• It’s manufactured from 83% environmentally friendly recycled materials
• The energy used in its production (i.e. its embodied energy) is up to six (6)
times less than other insulation materials
• It’s rated as having the worlds-best insulation product life cycle analysis
By installing cellulose insulation in your home, you're joining millions of
satisfied consumers worldwide.

Does CFI cellulose insulation improve your personal living comfort?
Yes. Cellulose keeps a home warmer in the winter and cooler in the
summer. A home's inside temperature may change by as much as 8-12
degrees, therefore giving you a more comfortable living environment all year round.

Is CFIcellulose insulation easily installed?
Yes. Cellulose is easily installed by ACIMA members’ trained staff in
accordance with Australian building standards.
Cellulose insulations benefits include:
• It’s dense but lightweight and will not put undue strain on ceilings or walls.
• It prevents the common batt insulation problem loss of performance due to
poor installation.
• It provides an energy efficient insulation seal for your ceiling which means
less use of your fans, coolers, air conditioners and heating units, resulting in
low energy bills.

Does CFICellulose insulation comply with Australian building regulations?
Yes. Cellulose insulation complies with all Australian State and Federal
building regulations and is engineered to:
• Comply with AS/NZS4859.1 ‘Materials for the thermal insulation of
buildings’, which is the Australian product standard for cellulose insulation.
• Last the life of your home.
• Resist rodent & vermin infestation.
ACIMA members’ products are manufactured in accordance with all
relevant product & installation Australian Standards and are audited and
licensed by Quality Assurance Services (QAS), an independent licensing
organisation approved by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB).

Does CFIcellulose insulation attract insects & vermin?
No. Cellulose is treated with non-toxic ‘harmless to-humans’ fire
retardants which also repel vermin and insects. Other Australian manufactured
insulation products are known to harbour vermin & insects.
When choosing your cellulose insulation provider, look for the ACIMA
logo- your guarantee of insulation performance.

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