Modern Marvels

Season 13 Episode 11


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 26, 2006 on The History Channel
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Although quite simple in nature, insulation is a very important component in keeping our homes a comfortable temperature. In this episode, we'll find out the history of insulation and then visit manufacturing plants to find out how insulation is being made today.
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    • TRIVIA (4)

      • Anechoic chambers can absorb 99.9% of sound. Because most ambient noise is eliminated, people have reported hearing their own hearts beating and blood flowing while inside a chamber.

      • A gas filled panel that is one inch thick can provide the same insulation performance as foam that is two inches thick.

      • Each year in the United States, nearly $13 billion worth of energy in the form of heated or cooled air escapes through holes and cracks in residential buildings.

      • The Trans-Alaska pipeline is wrapped with four inches of fiberglass insulation, which keeps the oil warm while it flows 800 miles to a refinery.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: It keeps us warm, it keeps us cool, it protects us. As simple as double paned glass or as complex as the shell of a space station. It's all around us but it's almost always out of sight, it's an essential part of almost every building we inhabit. Now, Insulation, on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Commentators:

        Randy Daniels
        Arxx Walls & Foundations

        Jim Deering
        Owner, Advanced Building Tech

        Reed Larson
        Tech. Services Manager, Johns Manville

        Rick Bynum, AIA
        Architect, Author

        Peter Koska
        Plant Manager, Owens Corning

        Tom Ritch
        CEO, Urethane Contractor Supply & Consulting

        Jerry Whitaker
        President, Urethane Contractor Supply & Consulting

        Steve Koskela
        Icynene Installer, The Bria Company

        Dariush Arasteh
        Staff Scientist, Berkeley Lab

        Howdy Goudey
        Scientific Engineering Associate, Berkeley Lab

        Doug Fast
        Technical Specialist, Johns Manville

        Douglas Rarick
        Thermal Control Space Station, NASA

        Doug Kverek
        Mechanical Engineering Lead, NASA

        Lt. Commander Keith Lehnhardt
        Officer in Charge, U.S. Navy Diving Systems

        Thomas Perkins
        Master Diver, U.S. Navy Diving Systems

        Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: Greg Goldman
        Producer: Greg Goldman
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Associate Producer: Kaylan Eggert
        Editor: Scot Kelly
        Narrator: Max Raphael
        Music: Guy Thomas
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Production Manager: Shelia Collins
        Post Producer: Tim Knauff
        Director of Rights and Clearances: Katie Del Core
        Director of Research: Allison Boon
        Production Controller: Dani Eslin
        Accountant: Diana Stolpe
        Coordinator: Boni Osmani
        Coordinator: Brad Skiles
        Researcher: Uldis Balodis
        Researcher: Bradley Combest
        Researcher: John Knapp
        Clearance Coordinator: Lawrence Givens III
        Clearance Coordinator: Aaron Zober
        Post Coordinator: Terrence Hartwell
        Voice over Coordinator: John Knapp
        Assistant Editor: Laura Steinhoff
        Assistant Editor: Josh Beckham
        Assistant Editor: Alexander Rubinow
        Assistant Post Coordinator: Jeremiah Dockray
        Post Assistant: Rob Harrington
        Post Assistant: Gaylen Kobayashi
        Camera: Victor Alazones
        Camera: Dave Baker
        Camera: Roddy Blelloch
        Camera: Daniel "DJ" Cocoran
        Camera: Travis Johnson
        Camera: John Kabasakalis
        Camera: John Murlowski
        Camera: Chris Pyle
        Camera: Mark Weiler
        Field Audio: Christopher Gurney
        Field Audio: John Larosa
        Field Audio: Roger Louie
        Field Audio: Dennis Mahr
        Field Audio: Jim McManus
        Field Audio: Herman Rich
        Field Audio: Alex Rossner
        Field Audio: Bartley Shedron
        Online Editor: John Price
        Sound Mixer: Ed Thacker
        Animation: Victor Bornia
        Animated Photos: Adam Goodwin
        Historical Consultant: Rick Bynum

        Special Thanks:
        Bynum Architecture, Greenville, SC
        Icynene Inc
        Jan Kosny
        Bruce Pasquarella
        Jennifer Viera

        Programming Coordinator: Michele Wilcox
        Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra
        Produced by Actuality Productions, INC

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