Since the summer of 2005 when Ag Sealants Platform was first developed by
Sealant Technologies, Inc., there have been many tests performed which
demonstrate creating an air seal 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. But that work takes an air barrier that have been proven!
The data shows significant and immediate energy saving results. In most cases, the Ag-tite Spray Sealant in conjunction with using Patented Spray Pod 1.0, 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 their performance.
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 had poultry house 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.
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.
In this photo, you can see the condition of the walls prior to the Ag-Tite 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 3' wide. The static pressure of each house had a range of .10 - .12
Ag-Tite 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 that the Ag-Tite works as an air barrier that can
adhere to any material, including lumber, metal, concrete or other
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, AireBarrier 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 Sealants on the walls of this project, there has been very little darkling beetle damage, even though Ag-tite was sprayed down to the litter line.
You are looking a finished wall, after a coat of Ag-tite Sealant has been
applied. The surface is hard and very smooth. All of the loose joints
and cracks have been filled and the wall is also 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.