Cork Insulation in the White House

The picture below shows workmen installing cork insulation on the ceiling of the center hall, of the third floor, of the Whitehouse (for thermal insulation during renovations in 1951). Furthermore, Harry Truman chose to renovate the Oval Office during his presidency, incorporating polished cork herringbone floor. 

Cork insulation was used heavily in the United States, and was an extremely common choice for buildings until synthetic insulation was invented. At the time, the monetary cost of synthetic insulation was much cheaper and it's negative effects on the environment unknown.  It's only fitting that Truman chose cork insulation; it has excellent sound isolation qualities. For a President's important, and often times sensitive, communications. 


Cork insulation drastically reduces energy consumption. Its energy saving qualities last decades; far longer than most choices. This is due to cork's high insulation value, stability, and its reduction of thermal bridging. 

Cork is incredibly stable and can cope with major thermal variations. It is hypoallergenic and free of domestic toxins; all while preventing mold due to its vapor permeable layers. It's insulation value is high (R-4 per inch), it reduces thermal bridging, and its thermal resistance does not decrease over time, like foam insulation. It has excellent sound isolation, is dimensionally stable, and resistant to compression.

We've Decided to Offer Thermacork as an exterior siding/insulator on our Urban Exterior.

Due to it's efficiencies, Thermacork can serve both as an insulation and as cladding, simultaneously. We're excited to extend this product to our clients.

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