Since the summer of 2005 when the Ag-tite was first developed by Sealant Technologies, Inc., there have been many tests performed which demonstrate creating an agseal in a poultry barn will not only save energy, but also increase productivity of the flock. This web page highlights one project which demonstrates how this new sealant technology can be used in a poultry barn. Several scientific tests have been conducted by Auburn University and the University of Georgia. The results were conclusive as stopping air leakage should be the number one objective of any farmer if they have poultry barns that are least 5 years old.
The data shows
significant and immediate energy saving results. In most cases, the Ag Sealants Program in conjunction with using the Patented AireBarrier Black and AireBarrier White and applied through the patent pending Spray Pod 2.0, shows energy savings for broiler barns in
the area of 25% - 40%. That does not include
many other production benefits that come with this poultry house insulation program sprayed. This new sealant technology is able to take existing buildings and dramatically improve the the barnseal capabilities.
In the case of the Auburn study, a return on investment of perhaps 2+ years is now a very real possibility, especially with propane cost near or at the $2.00/gal range. As important as those returns are, this particular study also showed exceptional darkling beetle control because of the program which was put into place by Ivesco. It is very important for the farmer to remember that once the houses have been sealed, then it will be even more important than ever to have a good farm management program, which includes the control of darkling beetles and rodents.
In this photo, you can see the condition of the walls prior to the sealants being applied. Each house was built with 2"x4" boards which were very warped and had very large gaps between the boards. Only the south side of each house still had a curtain opening, and that was 13' wide. The static pressure of each house had a range of .10 - .12
Ag-Tite Spray Sealants can be applied over the entire wall. The objective was to a make sure that the individual joints were sealed and that the boards had a thin coat covering. In most cases, there was an average of between 1/4" and 1/2" of coverage. This photo shows the AireBarrier Black Spray Sealants at work as an air barrier that can adhere to any material, including lumber, metal, concrete or other plastics. Because of the density of the product, a thin coat is all that is necessary to get the energy savings that you are looking for. More importantly, with a smooth hard surface, Ag-Tite Spray Sealants cures in minutes, which means that there is much less of a chance that darkling beetles will find a way to harbor into the material. In fact, after many years of Ag-Tite Spray Sealants on the walls of this project, there has been very little darkling beetle damage, even though the air barriers were sprayed down to the litter line.
You are looking at a finished wall after a coat of Ag-tite AirBarriers has been
applied. The surface is hard and very smooth. All of the loose joints
and cracks have been filled and the wall is now much more stable
because it is one solid piece. In the case of these particular houses,
static pressure doubled and went to a range of .20 - .24. Energy savings
are tracking at 30%-35%. Live production numbers have improved and the
houses now have much better moisture control and ventilation. The
darkling beetles are under control because of the Ivesco program which
was put into place. Overall, there has been significant savings to the
farmer who in this case wants to keep his houses in production for
another 15 - 20 years.