Barry’s Bay – A long time innovator in the field of green manufacturing has launched a new ultra-thin insulation system that is producing spectacular results. The new thermal stop system, which is only one hundred and sixty thousandths of an inch thick, has been dubbed “Insil-Stop” by its creator Mike Snider, CEO of Madawaska Doors Inc., a seven time Consumers Choice Award winner for Business Excellence.
Snider states, “This is just what the industry needs. For almost 40 years our company has strived to produce high quality, environmentally friendly door systems, and we’ve done just that. Our door systems are either 100% biodegradable or 100% recyclable. Our testing over the years taught us that attention to detail and good engineering produces a door system that displays reasonable R-values. But we were never completely satisfied with wood’s ability as a thermal insulator and that drove us as a team to find the solution”.
With the growing push in the environmental movement for higher levels of efficiency in building products, Snider and his team at Madawaska Doors have engineered a system based on the application of a high temperature silicone-based mat impregnated with Aero Gel. When applied to the center of a typical wood door, the R-value increased beyond expectation to R-12. “We were ecstatic when the first test result came in”, says Snider.
“Not only did we achieve a great insulation rating but we also developed technology to bring this system affordably to the custom door market. At the end of the day, we have a product that’s biodegradable, recyclable, and now, very energy efficient and completely customizable. Home and business owners may now choose the warmth and beauty of real solid wood door systems designed to their own personal taste without sacrificing energy efficiency.”
The benefits of this new system don’t stop there. The Insil-Stop system will also suppress fire. “We are looking forward to submitting our product to Underwriters Laboratories for full fire testing within the next year”, says Snider.
It would seem that the Ottawa Valley region adds another company to its distinguished list of world-class innovators. This new technology has the potential for changing how many building products are made. With energy efficiency and environmental responsibility being global concerns, advances such as this show that Canadian industry is heading in the right direction.