Are tiny houses a solution to veteran homelessness? Glenn Grootegoed of Warrior Homesteads thinks so and he has been working to show it can be done since 2014. Warrior Homesteads builds tiny homes and works with veteran’s organizations to house homeless vets.
In 2018, the estimated number of veterans experiencing homelessnes in the U.S. was almost 38,000. (Source: HUD) According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, “The most effective programs for homeless and at-risk veterans are community-based, nonprofit, ‘veterans helping veterans’ groups. Programs that seem to work best feature transitional housing with the camaraderie of living in structured, substance-free environments with fellow veterans who are succeeding at bettering themselves.”
The Kroger Veterans Association Resource Group knows this because earlier this year, they approached Warrior Homesteads with an offer to work with them to build a tiny house for a deserving veteran in the Cincinnati area. The home needed to be ready for their annual “Honoring Our Heroes” 5K Run/Walk. Versi-Foam was honored to be a small part of that effort by providing the spray foam used for the insulation of the new house.
On June 15, 2019, before the start of the 5K, a local homeless veteran was given the tiny home. It was equipped with high-quality, eco-friendly appliances. The house contained a kitchen, bathroom, full-sized bed, and storage space. And it was well insulated.
The Warrior Homestead Facebook page on May 20th said, “Thanks to our friends at VersiFoam it’s insulation day!!!!! We are working on the 2019 Kroger Honoring Our Heroes Festival and 5K tiny house project. We are huge fans of VersiFoam, as it’s simply the best!” And we are huge fans of Warrior Homesteads.
Here are some pics from the day…
Your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system keeps your home or office comfortable. It’s also creates openings through which drafts can enter the interior space and reduce your comfort level. Sealing those openings with spray foam insulation will prevent air from seeping in and out of your building and save money in the long run.
In our energy conscious world, much has been written about R values and net zero energy buildings. People differ on the methods and timeline for achieving environmental sustainability. However, most of us understand that reducing carbon gasses from fossil fuels needs to be a priority. One important step in this direction is ensuring that your home or commercial building has a tight building envelope.
According to Wikipedia, the building envelope “is all of the elements of the outer shell that maintain a dry, heated, or cooled indoor environment and facilitate its climate control.” It is the system of components that protects against movement of air, moisture and heat. Or to put it another way, the physical construction that separates the conditioned areas inside a building from the unconditioned areas outside of the building. Contractors and builders pay attention to the building envelope during construction when they work to eliminate openings in the foundation, walls, and roof.
The air barrier system within a building envelope is a critically important element for economic control of moisture, temperature regulation, and for preserving structural integrity. An inadequate barrier system will allow leakage of air through holes, cracks, and gaps. The end result is movement of air, moisture and heat between the conditioned and unconditioned environments. An inadequate barrier system will allow heat to flow through the home and between its surroundings by conduction, convection and radiation. Simply stated, heat will always flow from hot to cold resulting in increased energy costs wherever an inadequate barrier system is present.
When this occurs, rain, groundwater, and moisture vapor cause deterioration in the building’s structure. Uncontrolled air flow makes it too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer. We become uncomfortable in our own homes. If you regularly describe your home as “too drafty”, your building envelope is probably not “tight” enough. A tight building envelope provides numerous benefits including a higher level of personal comfort, energy savings, cost savings, pest control, and fewer expensive repairs from moisture damage. The more airtight the building, the less energy it will use and the lower the cost will be for the property owners or their tenants.
Spray foam insulation contributes to a better performing building envelope by completely sealing any gaps and crevices. This prevents air infiltration, moisture infiltration, and the intrusion of dirt and pollutants from the outdoors. The air barrier system of spray foam insulation is a critically important element for economic control of heat transfer. An inadequate barrier system will allow leakage of air through holes, leaks, cracks and gaps. This allows heat to flow through the structure and between its surroundings. Versi-Foam provides an excellent barrier system that saves both money and energy.
5 reasons to use spray foam insulation in your building envelope:
Use Versi-Foam spray foam insulation to seal and insulate around those leaky windows, doors, attics and other areas in your home. Your home or place of business will be healthier and last longer. And you will feel better and spend less money.
Today we are very pleased and excited to announce the recent launch of our brand new Versi-Foam website. The new site highlights each product in the Versi-Foam line and makes product information easier to find and understand.
Richard Heitzer founded Versi-Foam in 1981 after he developed the patented U-Control dispenser. The dispenser allows you to regulate the quantity and rate of spray foam insulation being dispensed. Today Versi-Foam is used in dozens of applications including residential and commercial construction, marine flotation, movie props, cold storage, and vehicle insulation.
Here are few things to check out on the new website:
We invite you to explore the entire Versi-Foam website. We believe you will find it easier to navigate, easier to understand, and easier to find exactly what you’re looking for.
Among spray foam insulation products, Versi-Foam is the easiest to use, the fastest to apply, the most portable solution, and it saves money. You don’t need an outside source of pressure or power. In addition, the patented dispensing gun is able to seal awkward spaces quickly and easily. These features reduce the amount of time it takes to complete an insulation job.
Every business that wants to stay in business must make a profit. Once you’ve been awarded a job, it’s important to complete the work cost effectively so that you can earn a profit. Accordingly, Versi-Foam helps you by reducing the cost of labor and the cost of unproductive downtime with our simple 5-step application process.
To apply Versi-Foam spray:
Whether you’re working on a large construction build or a smaller home project, applying Versi-Foam is just as easy as that.
Versi-Foam spray foam insulation kits are the most dependable solution for money-saving residential and commercial insulation projects. Labor is the highest cost of any project. Using Versi-Foam spray insulation will increase the productivity of your workers and your bottom line.