The Greening of The Belvedere Inn

Posted by on Oct 16, 2012 in Belvedere Blog, Greening of The Belvedere Inn | 2 comments

As Kermit the frog once said, it’s not easy being green. But at The Belvedere, green is one of our favorite colors. From non-toxic cleaning supplies to blown insulation, we are always thinking of ways we can reduce our impact on this beautiful

little piece of the world we call home.

 

For our first installment of, “Belvedere Greening”, we’d like to share how we are literally turning green and adding R-value – a measure of thermal insulation – at the same time.

 

We are enough lucky to have a LEED certified architect in the family, Sarah’s Dad Bill Glass. As our personal energy consultant, he tells us about new technologies and green construction ideas all the time.

 

Our favorite ideas typically require little to no construction, are inexpensive, and improve the esthetics of the house. So when he told us about a paint additive that can insulate walls, we were intrigued. The additive is comprised of tiny, hollow, ceramic balls. Because air is trapped inside the balls, it’s hard for heat to transfer from one side of the ball to the other. (Example?) By covering a wall with millions of microscopic air pockets, insulation is added that is as thick as the layer of balls. Pretty cool.

 

Our kitchen is the most difficult room to heat and cool because three sides are thin exterior walls with lots of windows, our kitchen. After taking down a few layers of wallpaper, spackling, and sanding we were ready to mix our paint. I donated an old plastic pitcher to the cause, poured in a pint of paint (Benjamin Moore’s Natura which is a non-toxic, no-VOC line) and a cup of ceramic balls and stirred gently. Once mixed, I poured the paint into the paint tray and painted away just like typical painting job. In an hour we had a Spumoni Green kitchen walls and an estimated 35% reduction of heat transfer.

 

With just a touch we can feel the difference between the walls with the paint additive and the walls without, it’s easy to tell that some improvement has been made. But the true test will come when winter settles in. We’re planning to test the house with a thermal reader that will tell us where heat is leaking from the house. Fingers-crossed that our painting efforts pay off. Either way the thermal testing turns out, we will still have a newly painted, fantastic looking kitchen.

 

New kitchen color with insulating paint additive

New kitchen color with insulating paint additive

 

2 Comments

  1. Great product. It seems to be a eco-friendly which will surely be good for the environment.

  2. A community-based non-toxic paint and coatings supply business has put together

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