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Testing R-values

In late 2014, NRCA conducted limited R-value testing of polyisocyanurate insulation products. The test results show R-values lower than the product manufacturers' published long-term thermal resistance (LTTR) values.

2014 testing

NRCA obtained seven samples of newly manufactured (uninstalled) 2-inch-thick, permeable-facer-sheet-faced polyisocyanurate insulation made by six U.S. manufacturers. The samples were obtained from NRCA contractor members throughout the U.S.

The samples were provided to a nationally recognized R-value testing laboratory, R & D Services Inc., Cookeville, Tenn., for R-value testing according to ASTM C518, "Standard Test Method for Steady-State Thermal Resistance Properties by Means of the Heat Flow Meter Apparatus." The samples were tested "as received," meaning without additional aging. The samples ranged in age from three months to 19 months at the time of testing.