Patents by Inventor Valerio Massara

Valerio Massara has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20200232232
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to an insulation-retaining sheet, e.g., for blown-in insulation, that includes an integral vapor-retarding membrane. In one aspect, the disclosure provides an insulation-retaining sheet including a sheet of mesh having an air permeability of at least 200 cfm per square foot; and one or more strips of vapor-retarding membrane, the one or more strips of vapor-retarding membrane being laminated to the sheet of mesh, the first side edge each of the strips of vapor-retarding membrane extending to the first side edge of the sheet of mesh, the second side edge each of the strips of vapor-retarding membrane extending to the second side edge of the sheet of mesh, wherein the insulation-retaining sheet has a plurality of open zones extending laterally from the first side edge of the sheet of mesh to the second side edge of the sheet of mesh in which no vapor-retarding membrane is laminated to the mesh.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Inventors: Bruce A. Hartzell, John J. Bozek, Michael J. Lembo, Valerio Massara
  • Patent number: 10612251
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to an insulation-retaining sheet, e.g., for blown-in insulation, that includes an integral vapor-retarding membrane. In one aspect, the disclosure provides an insulation-retaining sheet including a sheet of mesh having an air permeability of at least 200 cfm per square foot; and one or more strips of vapor-retarding membrane, the one or more strips of vapor-retarding membrane being laminated to the sheet of mesh, the first side edge each of the strips of vapor-retarding membrane extending to the first side edge of the sheet of mesh, the second side edge each of the strips of vapor-retarding membrane extending to the second side edge of the sheet of mesh, wherein the insulation-retaining sheet has a plurality of open zones extending laterally from the first side edge of the sheet of mesh to the second side edge of the sheet of mesh in which no vapor-retarding membrane is laminated to the mesh.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: CertainTeed Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce A. Hartzell, John J. Bozek, Michael J. Lembo, Valerio Massara
  • Publication number: 20190264441
    Abstract: An insulation system and method comprising an insulation layer, an atmospheric regulation layer, a structural support, and an external surface; wherein the atmospheric regulation layer is supported by the structural support, wherein the insulation layer is located between the atmospheric regulation layer and the external surface, wherein the atmospheric regulation layer has a water vapor permeability of not greater than 3 perms at a relative humidity of 25% as measured by ASTM E96 Procedure A Dry Cup, and a water vapor permeability of at least 6 perms at a relative humidity of 75% as measured by ASTM E96 Procedure B Wet Cup, wherein the atmospheric regulation layer has a fire class A rating as measured by ASTM E84, and wherein the continuous atmospheric regulation layer has a ACH50 value of not greater than 10, wherein ACH50 represents an air exchange at 50 Pascals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Inventors: Jean-Philippe NDOBO-EPOY, Michael J. LEMBO, Todd P. DINOIA, Luc Pierre VITRY, Gregory F. JACOBS, Valerio MASSARA, Andrew Clyde BRANDT
  • Patent number: 10323410
    Abstract: An insulation system and method comprising an insulation layer, an atmospheric regulation layer, a structural support, and an external surface; wherein the atmospheric regulation layer is supported by the structural support, wherein the insulation layer is located between the atmospheric regulation layer and the external surface, wherein the atmospheric regulation layer has a water vapor permeability of not greater than 3 perms at a relative humidity of 25% as measured by ASTM E96 Procedure A Dry Cup, and a water vapor permeability of at least 6 perms at a relative humidity of 75% as measured by ASTM E96 Procedure B Wet Cup, wherein the atmospheric regulation layer has a fire class A rating as measured by ASTM E84, and wherein the continuous atmospheric regulation layer has a ACH50 value of not greater than 10, wherein ACH50 represents an air exchange at 50 Pascals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: CERTAINTEED CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jean-Philippe Ndobo-Epoy, Michael J. Lembo, Todd P. Dinoia, Luc Pierre Vitry, Gregory F. Jacobs, Valerio Massara, Andrew Clyde Brandt
  • Publication number: 20190093357
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to an insulation-retaining sheet, e.g., for blown-in insulation, that includes an integral vapor-retarding membrane. In one aspect, the disclosure provides an insulation-retaining sheet including a sheet of mesh having an air permeability of at least 200 cfm per square foot; and one or more strips of vapor-retarding membrane, the one or more strips of vapor-retarding membrane being laminated to the sheet of mesh, the first side edge each of the strips of vapor-retarding membrane extending to the first side edge of the sheet of mesh, the second side edge each of the strips of vapor-retarding membrane extending to the second side edge of the sheet of mesh, wherein the insulation-retaining sheet has a plurality of open zones extending laterally from the first side edge of the sheet of mesh to the second side edge of the sheet of mesh in which no vapor-retarding membrane is laminated to the mesh.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Inventors: Bruce A. Hartzell, John J. Bozek, Michael J. Lembo, Valerio Massara
  • Publication number: 20190093341
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are fibrous insulation batts that include a body of fibrous insulation having a first face and a second face that are substantially parallel to each other, and a third face and a fourth face that are substantially parallel to each other. The body of fibrous insulation also includes a first slit that extends from the second face toward, but stopping short of, the first face. The first slit is substantially parallel to the third face. The body of fibrous insulation further includes a facing having a first portion that is attached to the first face, a second portion configured to extend over a portion of the third face, and a third portion configured to extend over a portion of the fourth face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Inventors: Jean-Philippe Ndobo-Epoy, Andrew Clyde Brandt, Valerio Massara
  • Publication number: 20190003174
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to vapor retarding building materials and methods for making them. The present inventors have found simple and cost-efficient materials that have low water vapor permeability at low relative humidities and that can be provided as a coating on a building material substrate. Notably, in many embodiments, the materials can have high water vapor permeability at high relative humidities. In one embodiment, the disclosure provides vapor retarding articles comprising a building material substrate; and a polymeric coating layer coated on the building material substrate, the polymeric coating layer comprising an inorganic hydrophilic particulate filler dispersed in a continuous organic phase comprising a hydrophobic polymer, wherein the content of the filler is from about 30% to about 85% by weight of the polymeric coating layer, the vapor retarding article configured to have a water vapor permeance of no more than about 1 Perm at 25% relative humidity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventors: Timothy Jerome Coogan, Jeffrey H. Peet, Valerio Massara, Kenneth D. Knapp
  • Publication number: 20180094427
    Abstract: An insulation system and method comprising an insulation layer, an atmospheric regulation layer, a structural support, and an external surface; wherein the atmospheric regulation layer is supported by the structural support, wherein the insulation layer is located between the atmospheric regulation layer and the external surface, wherein the atmospheric regulation layer has a water vapor permeability of not greater than 3 perms at a relative humidity of 25% as measured by ASTM E96 Procedure A Dry Cup, and a water vapor permeability of at least 6 perms at a relative humidity of 75% as measured by ASTM E96 Procedure B Wet Cup, wherein the atmospheric regulation layer has a fire class A rating as measured by ASTM E84, and wherein the continuous atmospheric regulation layer has a ACH50 value of not greater than 10, wherein ACH50 represents an air exchange at 50 Pascals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Inventors: Jean-Philippe NDOBO-EPOY, Michael J. LEMBO, Todd P. DINOIA, Luc Pierre VITRY, Gregory F. JACOBS, Valerio MASSARA, Andrew Clyde BRANDT
  • Patent number: 9719246
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vapor retarder membrane, intended to be used for improving the airtightness of a building or of a room, comprising at least one active layer having a water vapor permeability which increases with the surrounding relative humidity, said active layer comprising at least 90% by weight of a blend of ethylene/vinyl alcohol (EVOH) copolymer and of a copolyamide 6-6.6 (PA666), the latter having a melting point below 210° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN ISOVER
    Inventors: Devang Khariwala, Valerio Massara
  • Publication number: 20170183875
    Abstract: A thermal bridge-free insulation assembly may include hangers to support insulation in an attic. The hanger may include an axis, a proximal end coupled to a rafter, and a distal end coupled to a barrier. The hanger also may include at least two components that are axially movable relative to each other to selectively adjust a depth of an insulation space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Publication date: June 29, 2017
    Inventors: Jean-Philippe Ndobo-Epoy, Todd P. DiNoia, Andrew Clyde BRANDT, Luc Pierre Vitry, Valerio Massara, Conor Patrick MCDONALD, Kenneth D. Forsythe, Eric Nilsson
  • Publication number: 20150090126
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vapor retarder membrane, intended to be used for improving the airtightness of a building or of a room, comprising at least one active layer having a water vapor permeability which increases with the surrounding relative humidity, said active layer comprising at least 90% by weight of a blend of ethylene/vinyl alcohol (EVOH) copolymer and of a copolyamide 6-6.6 (PA666), the latter having a melting point below 210° C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: SAINT-GOBAIN ISOVER
    Inventors: Devang Khariwala, Valerio Massara