R-Value Podcast

Bringing our industry-leading knowledge even closer to our dedicated contractors.

As your partner in insulation, we want to provide every possible resource to you and your crew to help you grow your business and become more profitable. We’ll be sitting down with industry experts to discuss new products, techniques, best practices and insider details on insulation and much more. We’re covering anything from pro-tips to running a business, technical processes every contractor should know, and even seasonal topics that can reduce any (and all!) downtime. Have a topic you want to discuss? A person you want on the show? Contact Us!

Episode 31

Right Sizing Equipment and Down Sizing Moisture Problems with Dr. Allison Bailes

This episode’s guest has a PHD in physics and he knows how to use it. Dr. Allison Bailes is the founder of Energy Vanguard, a company that focuses on teaching, HVAC design services, and consulting. Dr. Bailes works on the forefront of change in the way people see and use energy in homes.

Understanding the science behind the decisions you make and equipment you use is vital in today’s hypercompetitive environment. Dr. Bailes breaks down a lot of the calculations that contractors should be making to save money, ensure customers are happy and houses stay energy efficient.

In this podcast…

2:15 – What’s the right calculation to use when right-sizing equipment?

7:14 – How the load calculation…is actually calculated.

11:35 – Are we going to keep lowering loads?

14:04 – How air tightness regulations have improved over the years

21:36 – Dr. Allison reveals his perfect insulation contractor that he would hire on any job

24:37 – Different climates call for different solutions

Episode 30

The New Big Holes & Air Leakage In Spray Foam Projects with Jamie Kaye of Elm Energy Group

When it comes to keeping moisture from destroying a home, it’s all in the details, and that’s what Jamie Kaye is focused on. Jamie’s a Building Science Practitioner and Healthy Home Professional at Elm Energy Group and he joins us today to discuss how to prevent moisture intrusion and increase energy efficiency at every step of the build process.

In this podcast…

1:38 – How Jamie became interested in the building science behind mold

3:41 – “The New Big Holes”

10:50 – “You can always improve even a great job.”

13:20 – The 3/4″ hole that ruined an entire set of stairs

15:40 – Yeti vs. Igloo: the small difference that makes a huge impact

17:30 – Can you ever build a house “too tight”?

22:20 – The top violations and places missed in a build

Episode 29

Demand, Supply Scheduling and Creative Recruiting with Joe Arrigo

Various economic pressures are leading businesses to make creative decisions on supply of product and supply of people. How do you balance business realities with customer satisfaction? Today’s guest, Joe Arrigo, has the latest data and strategies to help you navigate these difficult questions.

Joe Arrigo is the President/Owner of Resource Development Partners, a company that provides training, certification, and education for building material manufacturers. Joe specializes in building science education for residential and light commercial builders and trade contractors.

In this podcast…

2:13 – The increased demand for insulation

6:12 – How do you adjust your company in a way that deals with the supply challenge, keeps your people and continues to make money?

12:09 – There’s no scheduling silver bullet BUT there are some best practices

16:16 – Getting creative with scheduling

22:27 – Business in the front, recruitment in the back

26:00 – Looking for talent in every corner of your community



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