Originally posted in Walls and Ceilings Magazine
Located near America’s coldest city of Fairbanks, Alaska, Fort Greeley is home to the U.S. Army’s Cold Regions Test Center. With average winter low temperatures of -15 degrees to -25, the base’s Sub-arctic environment makes it challenging to keep housing for military professionals warm.
At Fort Greeley, and nearby Fort Wainwright, Lend Lease Public Partnerships has built 275 military housing units, with 45 new units planned at its North Haven Communities project. North Haven is a partnership between Lend Lease and the U.S. Army and is a privatized military residential community that’s home to more than 1,700 service members and Department of Defense personnel. To help meet stringent LEED for Homes Silver Level energy efficiency requirements, the company used R-Tech expanded polystyrene insulation from Insulfoam.
“The EPS has been tested by the cold climate consultant for the project, and documented by REMOTE wall contractors as a preferred insulation product,” says Greg Starkey, senior construction manager for Lend Lease. “Our research and cost comparisons to other insulations concluded that EPS provides the best exterior insulation results for the price. We chose Insulfoam EPS because it had extensive information available to help analyze the product.”