21 Dec '12, 11am

Why Plastic Foam Insulation Is Like a Twinkie: Lessons Green Builders Can Learn From Michael Pollan

Why Plastic Foam Insulation Is Like a Twinkie: Lessons Green Builders Can Learn From Michael Pollan

Plastic foam insulation is controversial in the green building world; The post Does Foam Insulation Belong in Green Buildings? 13 Reasons It Probably Doesn't covered Ken Levenson's article listing 13 reasons foam fails. At Green Building Advisor the discussion of this article almost turned into a classic flame war. The more I read the discussion at GBA, the more convinced I was about how familiar the arguments for plastic insulation vs natural products were, because in fact we have been having them for years about food. Consider the Twinkie. Consider the Twinkie. It sort of looks like polyurethane foam and lasts about as long . It's made from "37 or so ingredients, many of which are polysyllabic chemical compounds." (see them all here ). The manufacturer of Twinkies recently went bankrupt for the second time, not because of unions or Wall Street shenanigans, but because th...

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