Arcanna Home Builders – Foam Insulation

Today’s zoning preferred home insulation method is foam insulation. Arcanna Homes is a panelized new home construction and construction management company located in Cortlandt Manor, NY. As a certified ENERGYSTAR builder, we meet and exceed all H.E.R.S heating and cooling requirements and always offer spray foam.

What is the Home Energy Rating System

Home Energy Rating System

The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index is the industry standard by which a home’s energy efficiency is measured. It’s also the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home’s energy performance.

The U.S. Department of Energy has determined that a typical resale home scores 130 on the HERS Index while a standard new home is awarded a rating of 100.

  • A home with a HERS Index Score of 70 is 30% more energy efficient than a standard new home
  • A home with a HERS Index Score of 130 is 30% less energy efficient than a standard new home

However, in many municipalities a HERS Index Score of less than 50 is now required to meet 2017 regulations.

What does this mean to the homeowner? Foam insulation is the key. Have more questions, ask a builder...

New HERS Index Kills Traditional Insulation

image015The market attraction of builders using the RESNET HERS Index to easily explain to homebuyers the energy performance is growing dramatically. Yet the cost to meet these specifications is often greatly underestimated and hard to recoup.

Many town’s in New York have to meet the new energy code which requires that any new single-family dwelling, multiple-family dwelling, Planned Retirement Community (PRC) or Planned Retirement Congregate Housing Community (PRCHC) in buildings containing four units or less, not more than three stories in height must be built to achieve a HERS Index of 70 or less as verified by the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) promulgated by the Residential Energy Service Network (RESNET).

IECCThis value fluctuates depending on how strict the code enforcement is in the municipality. In reality, many districts require a HERS Index of less than 50. This means that traditional fiberglass insulation methods are out. In are new, spray foam methods, which can cost up to 4x more and are extremely hazardous to install, requiring special masks, clothing and a vacated property.

Spray foam insulation best for panelized construction

There is no better home insulating material that can seal your home from air and moisture intrusion, save on costly utility bills, strengthen your home, and protect your family’s health from dangerous mold, airborne pollutants, and allergens than Spray Foam insulation.

The Department of Energy’s website states that homeowners lose 40% of their home’s energy from air leakage and air infiltration.  To meet today’s need for greater energy efficiency, Arcanna Homes has partnered with the most reliable Spray Foam insulation contractors and incorporate this superior technology in all their panelized new homes.

Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation

  • Stops air and moisture infiltration
  • Makes your home more comfortable
  • Saves on energy costs
  • Adds strength to the building structure
  • It is permanent and will not sag
  • Keeps dust and pollen out
  • Reduces capacity requirements, maintenance and wear of HVAC equipment
  • Never breaks down over time
  • Reduces noise by 75-80%
  • Prevents mold from occurring
  • Has a manufactures life time guarantee
  • Reduces your energy bill by 50%


Spray foam insulation is like a warm windbreaker jacket — it stops the cold air from passing through. Fiberglass and cellulose insulation are like a wool sweater – if there’s any breeze, it doesn’t keep you warm. Even if they’re very thick to give an extremely high R-value, they’ll still let air leak out of your home and increase your energy bill.
Spray foam insulation is a modern material that’s been used for over 25 years. Fiberglass is an old technology, and cellulose little more than shredded newspaper. So modern types of insulation are becoming more popular.
Spray foam insulation expands up to 100 times to fill gaps — ensuring maximum insulation. Fiberglass and cellulose are extremely difficult to install perfectly — the spaces that are left add up to the size of a basketball in the average home — leaking enough air to fill two blimps each day!
Many open cell spray foam (such as Demilec Sealection  500) drains water rather than holding it, and most closed cell spray foam doesn’t let it in at all. Cellulose is made from shredded newspaper, and drinks up water. Fiberglass batts and cellulose don’t repel water — the water stays in place and may damage your home as well as contribute to mold.
Spray foam stays in place – it doesn’t settle or sag, vertically or horizontally. It moves with the house as it settles andis completely solid when it sets, doesn’t produce any dust, and doesn’t let dust or other pollutants pass through Fiberglass and cellulose settle and sag over time, leaving gaps that compromise insulation. Fiberglass and cellulose can be dusty and allow dust and other pollutants to enter the building.

Solar Energy a boon to new home construction

Powering your home with solar energy lowers your electricity costs and helps the environment.  With Federal, State and Local governments and utilities offering generous financial incentives up to 70% it is now more accessible and affordable than ever.

By partnering with the most reliable, up-to-date technology provider, Arcanna Homes can offer the most efficient and easily expandable solar system with greater design flexibility in panel placement.

For quotes on installing solar energy heating and cooling systems on your new home construction, contact us.