Radiosity, Radiosity 3000, 1-Gallon
Radiant heat barrier
Radiosity 3000 is a paint additive that creates a radiant heat barrier on roofs, ceilings and walls to greatly reduce cooling costs. It can also be used in interior applications to reflect and trap warm, radiant heat from fireplaces, stoves or in-floor heating systems. Radiosity 3000 contributes significantly to the thermal comfort levels in both summer and winter months while it reduces energy usage.
Radiosity 3000 reflects infrared radiant energy two ways:
- outdoors it reflects infra-red energy from the sun rather than absorbing it, and
- indoors it reflects infra-red energy back into the home from wood stoves, fireplaces and hydronic or electric radiant-heated floors.
It's far more efficient to keep unwanted heat out of a home in the summer than to cool it down, and to trap the warmth already there in the winter than to create more heat.
This product is made entirely of glass and has the consistency of talcum powder — imagine hundreds of thousands of hollow microscopic glass spheres permanently embedded in latex paint. The barrier created by these spheres reflects radiation in the infrared spectrum and cools the room.
Radiosity 3000, with its spray-on application, saves both time and money. It's a simple and effective replacement for conventional heat barriers, like bubble wrap with aluminum foil, which are difficult and time-consuming to install.
In general, radiant heat barriers reduce heating and cooling loads by about 20%. However, it's important to note that actual savings from reduced heating and cooling loads will vary depending on the heating/cooling systems of a home, as well as on its current energy efficiency. Besides saving money, most people notice significant differences in the overall comfort of their homes after the application of Radiosity 3000.
Why we like it
It doesn't get any easier or cheaper to reflect the sun's infrared heat and keep it from getting into your home. It's also ideal for trapping radiant heat that's generated inside your home. Even with a forced-air heating system, it makes sense to reflect heat in the winter.
Also, Radiosity is much easier to use in remodeling situations than foil-type barriers because it can be sprayed on existing ceilings or walls, both indoors or outdoors. There's no need to rip out sheet rock or roofing tiles; just add paint and spray it on existing ceilings or walls.
Features & benefits
- Greater comfort — significantly reduces heat gain in summer and keeps heat in during winter
- Easy-to-use — mix product with five gallons of exterior latex or acrylic paint and apply as any paint
- Low cost — about 5¢ per square foot
- Money-saving — saves up to 20-30% in heating and cooling costs
- Versitile — use on any paintable surface inside attic, interior or exterior walls or underneath wall or roofing shingles, garage doors and entry doors; the closer to the heat source the better
- Safe — for everyone, including the chemically sensitive; learn how to test a non-toxic product for tolerance
- Eco-friendly — zero VOC
- Tax credits — may qualify for federal tax credits in 2011; please consult professional tax advice. Although radiant heat barriers are not defined well in the 2009 IEEC code, the 2011 code defines them as "any insulation material or system which is specifically and primarily designed to reduce the heat loss or gain of a dwelling unit when installed in or on such dwelling unit."
This item description was written by Joel Hirshberg
HOW DO RADIANT BARRIERS WORK?
Problem: Sunshine hits the shingles on your roof. When this happens, the infrared (radiant) energy is transformed into heat energy and passes through your roof. At this point, heat energy is radiated by infrared energy into your attic. The roofing materials in attic become a large infrared heat source which transfer the heat down into your living areas.
Insulation helps to hold the heat inside your home but does not protect you from radiant energy. Radiant heat goes right through your insulation, no matter what thickness and no matter what type.
Solution: Radiosity 3000 blocks a significant portion of radiant heat. Heat producing infrared energy does not enter your home. Instead it is reflected back outside.
Radiosity 2000 reduces attic temperatures by 30 to 40 degrees. When attic temperatures are reduced, the loading on your air conditioning system is reduced. And when your air conditioner is not working as hard, or as often, your electric bill is reduced. Typical savings average 15 to 20%.
Other Benefits: In addition to a radiant barrier, Radiosity 3000 also creates a harder paint surface due to the addition of the tiny glass beads. The harder surface makes the paint more durable and last longer. This durability make the paint more washable.
How Much Will I Save?
Reducing attic and duct temperatures provide energy savings that average 15 to 20 percent . Conditions that can affect this temperature vary from one home to the next. The U.S. Department of Energy has performed studies on radiant barriers. The D.O.E. has determined that a savings up to 42% can be realized from Radiant Barriers. If you save energy, you save money.
Where Do You Use It?
Use Inside as well as outside. Radiosity Radiant Barriers work in your attic, on exterior walls or on interior walls. When applied to exterior walls or inside attics, the heat reduction lowers summer cooling costs and helps to protect the siding from heat as well.
Radiosity Radiant Barriers also work on interior surfaces on ceilings and especially south and west facing walls that heat up in the summer. These interior surfaces can be protected with Radiosity 3000. Plus, the radiant heat generated from inside the home stays inside the home longer instead of radiating out through the walls.
Exterior metal roofs on commercial buildings, campers, RV's, mobile homes, can be protected by using Elastomeric paint and Radiosity 3000. Elastomeric paints are more expensive to use than standard latex paints, but will expand and contract with the metal roof. When applying Radiosity 3000 to the underside of metals roofs, Radiosity Vehicle can be used. Radiosity Vehicle has been specially formulated for use inside attics.
At right is a microphotograph of Borosilicate Glass Beads used in Radiosity 3000. These Glass Beads arehollow spheres and provide the basis of Radiosity Radiant Barrier Technology. When these glass spheres are added to paint, a radiant barrier is produced. The radiant barrier reflects radiation in the infrared spectrum, which cools the space behind.
Radiosity 3000 is not an insulation but, due to it's nature, will reflect heat in the form of electromagnetic radiation.
How Does It Compare To Metallic Radiant Barriers?
Metallic radiant barriers are designed to reflect infrared radiant energy just as Radiosity 3000. But in practice they are completely different. That's because metallic radiant heat barriers require a shiny reflection and over time have been known to lose up to 50% of their effectiveness due to dust obstructing the barrier.
Radiosity 3000 also can be applied outside or inside a building very easily and quickly requiring very little labor. It is especially effective in older buildings because nothing need be done before it is applied. Just paint it on the wall, ceiling or attic. Metallic barriers have limited applications and must be stapled which requires extra labor expense.
Most types of paints can be used with Radiosity 3000.
For attic installations: Any type of paint is acceptable. We recommend AFM Safecoat.
For indoor wall and ceiling applications: Eggshell, semi gloss, or gloss must be used. As slight color and texture changes can occur, test an area first for color and texture matching.
For metal roofing , spraying from the topside, use a high quality Elastomeric paint. From underside, use AFM Safecoat.
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|Interior or Exterior||Exterior, Interior|
|Use On Material||Temperatures: Hot, Porous, Temperatures: Cold, Surfaces: All, Non-Porous|
|Chemically-sensitive safe||Yes learn how to test a non-toxic product for tolerance|
|Test before use||No, test on inconspicuous area|
|Coverage||1-Gallon = 2,500 SF|
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|Ingredients||download Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)|
|VOC Content||Zero VOC Grams/Liter|
|Use On Material - Condition||Temperatures: Hot, Porous, Temperatures: Cold, Surfaces: All, Non-Porous|
|Use On Instructions|
|Application Method||roller, spray, brush|
|Application Temperature Range||warmer than 55 ° f|
|Application Instructions||see pdf|
|Surface or Product Preperation||Surface should be clean, dry and oil free|
|Recommended # of Coats||1 or as needed|
|Re-coat After||as needed|
|Drying Time||2-4 hours|
|Appearance When Dry||matte|
|Cleans Up With||neutral cleaners, Water|
|Storage||Store in cool dry place out of sunlight|
|Recycling or Disposal||dispose of excess product in accordance with all local, state and federal regulations., do not through out containers unless completely empty. spread out contents onto dry cardboard or newspaper and thoroughly dry outdoors. you may also absorb with cat litter, sand or other dry material|
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Radiosity, Radiosity 3000, 1-Gallon
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