The Airstream Bundles Up- Meredith Oldham, Bel Floratine Custom Designs

Hello Fellow Ad-VENTURA-ers!

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks since we last spoke! The weather has been a bit unpredictable, and unfortunately our snow days always seem to land on POE days, so it feels like we’ve hardly been in class! However, we have been hard at work!

Photo representation of Austin's icy weather these past couple weeks. (personal photo)

Photo representation of Austin’s icy weather these past couple weeks. (personal photo)

We’ve all been working on Google SketchUp to create different furniture pieces of the Airstream, which has proven to have its challenges. Fortunately, I finished my chair piece last class, but others have not been so luckily, particularly those in charge of the modeling the couch and the bookshelves. Additionally, many of us felt lost in what sort of wood we would use and how the cut list would work. Thankfully, our POE wonder-woman, Pam Powell, swept in and gave us a bit of guidance on where to go with our couch and bookshelf modeling and building. We’re also going to hopefully be taking a field trip to her shop soon, so she can demonstrate and hopefully give us more of a “hands on” learning experience that can help us when building our furniture.

With such frigid weather we’ve had this year, I’ve been wondering a bit about the insulation of the Airstream. I can’t help but notice that every time we run from the freezing outside weather into the Airstream to do any sort of measuring or mapping out- the Airstream seems warmer than outside. The Airstream does not currently have any functioning central air or heat (though it will!), it somehow stays warmer than outside. The answer: insulation.

A really popular choice for Airstream insulation, especially in “green” projects like Project Ventura, is a type of insulation called cellulose. Cellulose is made of wood pulp and cotton (think morning newspaper, but thicker) and is usually made of recycled materials, making it eco-friendly.

Another relatively green option- and very popular in Airstreams and in all sorts of infrastructure- is fiberglass. Fiberglass is made of teeny tiny glass crystals and over half of the fiberglass can be made up of recycled glass. A green and easily repairable insulation method!

Warm, Pink, Fuzzy, Fiberglass lined Airstream Interior! Looks a bit like cotton candy- yum! Source: http://cyclocontractor.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/img00127-20100302-1508.jpg

Warm, Pink, Fuzzy, Fiberglass lined Airstream Interior! Looks a bit like cotton candy- yum! Source: http://cyclocontractor.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/img00127-20100302-1508.jpg

Perhaps the most interesting type of Airstream insulation I came across is soybean insulation. Soybean insulation is really popular among “green” builders, as, you guessed it, it’s made of soybeans, and by using soybeans you’re supporting soybean farmers! This type of insulation also falls into the “foam” category, meaning you can spray it on the walls, sort of as a foam-like substance, making it easy to implement. Soybean insulation also boasts being safer for our bodies, resistant to pests and rodents, and does not attract mold or fungus when wet, unlike fiberglass.

Our Airstream already has insulation, but it’s important to check up on it from time to time, especially to prevent mold and pests from indulging in your insulation. Keep your Airstream cozy!

That’s all I have to share with you all today! I’ll be back soon with more Airstream updates as well as possible field trip updates! Keep Ad-VENTURA-ing!

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One comment

  1. It looks as if on the picture of the inside that you put up some installation, Will you put a wall up over that? It would look a lot cooler than some oink foam lined up on the wall.

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