Insulation Options

Insulation and Energy-Efficiency Options

Morton Buildings has long maintained a goal of providing our customers with efficient and effective structures. One example of that goal occurred in 1971—the year Morton Buildings introduced its revolutionary insulation system to the construction industry. This insulation system was so advanced, it exceeded energy conservation mandates that would be introduced two decades later. Today, it is still one of the most efficient insulation systems on the market.

Unlike many builders, Morton Buildings’ unique structural concept allows plumbing and electrical to be placed between the insulation and the finished wall or ceiling. When a suspended ceiling is used, the HVAC can be placed between the insulation and the finished ceiling. This configuration results in no penetration of the insulation and an increase in energy efficiency and overall insulation performance.

Energy Performer® Insulation Package—the Industry Benchmark for Comfort and Cost-Savings

Seven critical elements of the Energy Performer® Package:

  • Nearly nine-inch-thick walls with 6 inches of insulation
  • Wide spans of insulation vs. only 14.5 inches in standard house construction
  • Polyethylene vapor retarder meticulously installed to keep insulation dry and reduce drafts
  • Fully ventilated attics for enhanced air circulation and condensation control
  • 15.5-inch truss heels allow deep insulation and air space for attic ventilation
  • Uncompressed sidewall fiberglass blanket insulation that’s six inches thick and has a true R-19 rating*
  • Blown-in ceiling insulation with a rating of R-38 and better

*An R-Value rating is a standard measure of thermal resistance.

Being Green—Part of Our Legacy

Long before being “green” was a trend, Morton Buildings incorporated environmentally friendly principles into our construction practices and energy-efficiency into our buildings.

Today, the U.S. Green Building Council has a “green” building rating system; however, Morton Buildings has been applying sustainable building practices since we constructed our first building in 1949.

• Timber frames manufactured from renewable wood sources

• Siding and roof steel used in our buildings is typically recycled and recyclable

• Whenever possible, building materials are manufactured within 500 miles of each building site

• Open floor plans maximize the use of natural lighting while reducing the need for electric lighting

Morton Buildings is proud to have constructed facilities that have been recognized for their efficiency. These projects include: the Havana National Bank in Lewistown, Illinois, which received the ENERGY STAR Label, G&R Controls in Fargo, North Dakota, which received the ENERGY STAR Label and the Rail Splitter Wind Farm’s operations and maintenance facility in Hopedale, Illinois, which was awarded the Green Building of America Award and received LEED Silver certification.

Condensation Control Options


Thermal Dry Board is a faced rigid foam insulation material that provides an attractive white finish, is bird and sag resistant, and offers condensation control for the building. Available in half-inch and one-inch thicknesses, it is recommended for non-climate controlled buildings that see intermittent usage or climate zones with mild temperature changes. Its poly-iso closed cell foam insulation layer thermally separates the colder roof panel surface from the warmer air inside the building. A white embossed facer provides a sharp, polished look.


Dry-Panel is applied directly to steel panels at Morton’s manufacturing plants during the roll-forming process. The specially designed fabric traps moisture as it condenses and releases it back into the atmosphere through normal evaporation when conditions allow. Dry-Panel provides superior condensation control and is an excellent solution for storage buildings, horse barns and livestock facilities. Dry-Panel can even help protect roof steel from corrosion in livestock buildings. The rubber-based adhesive in Dry-Panel provides a barrier that resists acids and other chemicals typically found in livestock confinement buildings. It can also be power washed for easy cleaning when needed.

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