The BIBS system is different than traditional insulation applications, so we generally get a few questions about how it works. Below you will find the answers to the most commonly asked questions we hear about the system. If you have additional questions, please call us or complete the form on the right to speak to a representative of the BIBS system .
What makes the BIBS system a high performance insulation product?
The BIBS system is a high performance insulation system that forms a seamless blanket of dense-packed fiberglass insulation that completely fills around pipes, wires and other objects inside the cavity to maximize thermal efficiency. This unique process helps eliminate costly voids and air gaps, saving you heating and cooling energy. The BIBS system provides you with the highest, full cavity effective R-values attainable on the market today.
Why should I consider the BIBS system over other insulation systems?
The BIBS system is the original high-performance system. It was founded nearly 65 years ago with a simple goal – to create a system with high R-factors, include safety issues such as fire resistance, chemical free, no settling, consistency and efficient. Years of extensive research and laboratory testing combined with actual installation of more than 2 million homes or buildings make the BIBS system a trusted system with proven results.
Does a company have to be certified to install the BIBS system?
The BIBS system is a certified system and can only be installed by contractors that complete the certification training course. Certification is one of the biggest points of differentiation for choosing the BIBS system. You have the trust knowing you have a certified high-performance system when installed correctly by a trained and certified contractor.
What does “certified” mean?
The BIBS system is the only certified blow-in blanket system available today. This is the difference you can trust. Having a certified system means you can trust that the contractor has been trained and certified on the proper installation and testing process for the BIBS system. Our established network of insulation specialists extends across the United States and Canada. Other similar systems can’t provide this same level of performance and you can see it in the results.
Is the BIBS system fabric a vapor barrier?
The fabric used in the BIBS system is NOT a vapor barrier and cannot be used in place of a proper vapor barrier. It is important that you know all local codes in the geographic region where the BIBS system is being installed in order to ensure you are fully in compliance with codes and ordinances.
Why should I choose to install the original BIBS system versus a similar system?
The BIBS system is a high-performance insulation system. It includes a set of components that have been tested to an established level of performance. It is laboratory tested by a third-party accredited institution. In addition, because the system is comprised of several components, each individual component has been tested and approved for use. Laboratory research and field testing prove the effectiveness of the BIBS system.
For more information on these studies, please see the below whitepapers:
Sound Control Tests by Faszer Farquharson Associates
BIBS_Mechanical Thermal Testing_TennTech_060115
Canadian building codes are different than those in the U.S. Is the BIBS system CCMC certified?
The BIBS system has been evaluated and accepted by the Canadian Construction Materials Centre – CCMC #13198R and 11790R.
Is the BIBS system LEED certified?
The United States Green Building Council (U.S.G.B.C.) recognizes the BIBS system as a LEED approved insulation system.
How can the BIBS system help me with an unusual framing situation?
Unlike batts and other types of roll insulation that comes in standard framing sizes, the BIBS system can fit any size of cavity. The BIBS system creates the “perfect fit” every time. This is what makes the BIBS system the ideal choice for homes that have irregular framing configurations. The BIBS system creates a seamless blanket of insulation that custom fits any size or shape cavity. This helps ensure a uniform R-value throughout the entire cavity and helps controls air infiltration. Additionally, the BIBS system completely fills around all objects inside the space and conforms to the shape of the cavity when installed correctly.
How long does it take to install the BIBS system instead of a standard batts?
The installation of the BIBS system does not take any longer than traditional batt installation. In fact, given the clean install of the system, it can actually save you time. As an in-between trade when time is critical, installation of the BIBS system will actually help keep things moving in a timely way. The installation process is simply different. First, certified installers hang the BIBS system fabric across the desired wall cavities, stapling it to the framing members at a determined spacing. Then, installers fill the cavity with approved blowing wools to a specified density, thus achieving the high R-value that makes the BIBS system a high-performance insulation system.
How long has the BIBS system been used as an insulation system?
The concept of a blow-in-blanket system has been around a long time – more than 60 years in fact. In the late 50s, years of laboratory testing helped create the BIBS system as a high-performance insulation system and in the early 60s, the first prototype emerged to the market. The BIBS system was formally introduced as a certified system in 1984 and since then, has been the only insulation system of its type to be able to exceed local building codes in the achievement of high R-values.
Can I substitute products and still be a BIBS system application?
The BIBS system is a certified system that includes a proprietary fabric and approved for use fibers. These system components are the only “BIBS System Approved” components that can be used when installing the BIBS system. Other fabric or fibers cannot be substituted or used and still carry the BIBS system warranty.
What is the ROI for a BIBS system installed home/building?
The BIBS system is a premium insulation system that can quickly pays for itself by reducing heating and cooling energy usage. This is something homebuyers enjoy in addition to the added comfort of a superior building insulation envelope. Learn more about the thermal performance of the BIBS system by reading this whitepaper from Tennessee Technical University.
Do I need to use a vapor barrier when I have the BIBS system installed?
The BIBS system is NOT a vapor retarder. It is a proprietary fabric that contains the fiber glass blowing wool in the wall cavity at a measured density. Local codes and climate dictate whether a vapor retarder is required, so it is important installers know this before installation. It is advised to know jurisdictional codes and know whether you need to install a vapor barrier in the space being insulated.
How long does the BIBS system contractor certification last?
Certified contractors installing the BIBS system must maintain their certification status. Certified professionals must complete in-person classroom and field training and also pass the BIBS system certification test. Then, to maintain certification status, every three years the contractor must complete an online recertification test – AND, every six years, complete an additional in-person, classroom training.
Is there a special training to be an certified BIBS hp system installer?
The BIBS hp (hybrid performance) system training is an extended curriculum that ensures the contractor can properly install the foam and fiber system to the exact specifications of the BIBS system. This extended training program includes additional classroom and field training requirements.
Is the BIBS system considered a “green” building system?
The BIBS system is an approved system by the U.S. Green Building Council. The BIBS system utilizes glass fibers that have been engineered to deliver maximum insulation performance with minimum weight. Therefore, the natural resources consumed to insulate a building with the BIBS system are less than competing insulation systems. Laboratory tests show the BIBS system reduces air infiltration up to 68% over conventional batt-type insulation. A building insulated with the BIBS system has advantages that last the life of the building. A complete thermal envelope is achieved with no gaps or settling for maximum comfort, sound control, and reduced heating and cooling energy. To learn more about the effectiveness of the BIBS system reducing air infiltration as a green-building system, read BIBS_Mechanical Thermal Testing_TennTech_060115
Does the BIBS system have an STC rating?
The BIBS system significantly increases the Transmission Loss (TL) values and Sound Transmission Class (STC) rating. Insulating between rooms attenuates (reduces) sound transmission. Specifically, the BIBS system is most effective for airborne transmission at medium to high frequencies (normal speaking range.) In the assemblies tested, the BIBS system reduced the TL penalty caused by penetrations. Test assemblies installed with the BIBS system both with and without obstructions or penetrations were quieter at speech frequencies by approximately 2-3 decibels. Learn more about how the BIBS system controls sound.
Can I use the BIBS system in other places besides walls?
The BIBS system is ideal for insulating any shape of wall assembly in a building. It can be used in ceilings, interior and exterior walls, in roof spaces. In fact, most stud spacing is non-standard (greater than or less than 16“ or 24” on-center,) making the BIBS system the ideal insulation system for both standard and irregular shaped cavities. It conforms to the shape of the cavity ideal for irregular shaped spaces by, completely filling around all objects like wires, pipes, electrical boxes inside the cavity (when installed correctly.)
Do architects recognize the BIBS system?
Architects and other building specifiers KNOW building systems. The BIBS system provides benefits that positively impact other building systems. LEED certified architects and other specifiers looking to create a more efficient building envelope recognize the value of the BIBS system. LEED certified buildings save money and resources and have a positive impact on the health of occupants, while promoting renewable, clean energy. Architects and specifiers design buildings based on a set of requirements and budgets; so, if building efficiency, sound control, and energy savings are important to you, be sure you mention the BIBS system in early stage design meetings.
I’m concerned about chemicals and additives in products I am installing in my house, does the BIBS system use any chemicals in its process?
The BIBS system is formaldehyde free and chemical free. See fiberglass blowing wool information from the manufacturers for more information.
Can I combine foam with the BIBS system in the same cavity?
The BIBS hp system offers one of the highest levels of insulation performance in the industry. It significantly increases the relative R-value of the cavity using a unique combination of foam and fiberglass in the wall cavity. This revolutionary hybrid system combines the performance benefits of the original BIBS system and closed cell spray polyurethane foam to achieve some of the highest R-values and energy efficiency available.
Settling in the wall cavity is common with many insulation types. Does the BIBS system settle?
The BIBS system will not settle when installed correctly. The unique process of injecting the specially designed and tested blowing wools behind a dust-free mesh virtually eliminates settling in the wall cavity.
Does the BIBS system offer a higher R-value?
The BIBS system is a high-density insulation system that delivers the highest R-values in the industry today, saving you heating and cooling costs. The BIBS system improves the thermal efficiency of homes by creating a seamless blanket of insulation that creates a perfect fit to any size shape. This results in a uniform R-value throughout the entire cavity and controls air infiltration.