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The Best Way to Insulate a Rim Joist

Stop energy losses with a spray-foam kit

Although the rim joist is frequently an afterthought once a house is built, an insulated rim joist can go a long way toward helping to reduce energy bills. Isaac Savage, president of Home Energy Partners in Asheville, N.C., details his technique for insulating a rim joist. Forgoing fiberglass batts, which can permit airflow, Isaac uses spray-foam insulation to fill all gaps, holes, and joints. The article includes a list of spray-foam sources.

From Fine Homebuilding189 , pp. 72-73 September 1, 2007