Spray Foam Advantages

1. ENERGY

Is building energy efficient homes part of your business plan? Should it be?

Homes accounted for approximately 21% of all energy consumption in the United States in 2004.

Rising energy prices have prompted a new wave of interest in energy efficiency among home buyers. Utility – and government – sponsored incentive programs, special mortgage rates and reduced insurance rates have also helped increase demand among home buyers. Our high-performance technologies can help your supply meet that demand.

Superior insulation performance and seamless air and moisture impermeability

The United States Department of Energy reports that up to 40% of the cost of heating and cooling a home is lost to uncontrolled air leakage.

Spray-applied polyurethane foam technologies combine superior insulation performance (R 6.0 per inch) with seamless air and moisture impermeability to eliminate uncontrolled air leakage for improved energy efficiency.

Spray-applied polyurethane foam systems require no fasteners for reduced thermal bridging. Fully-adhered, seamless applications eliminate the convection looping that can occur with traditional insulation materials.

2. ENVIRONMANTAL

Can chemistry help the environment? Yes, it can.

“…the construction industry is one of the main contributors to the depletion of natural resources and a major cause of unwanted side affects such as air and water pollution, solid waste, deforestation, toxic wastes, health hazards, global warming, and other negative consequences.” – Sustainable Construction in the USA: Perspectives to the Year 2010

Through the versatility of chemistry, our polyurethane construction technologies make a significant contribution. ZONE3® zero-ozone-depleting blowing-agent technology. Formulations that contain no formaldehyde and emit no volatile organic compounds. High-performance, low-impact systems for sustainable homes and communities.

Energy efficiency is improved by combining superior insulation performance with near-zero air and moisture permeability. Thermal bridging and convection looping are eliminated with spray-applied, fully-adhered polyurethane systems.

 

Waste is reduced through on-site application and packaging that is 100% recyclable. The amount of scrap produced during a typical application is so minimal that recycling is not needed.

Energy cost of production is significantly lower – plastic building products use less energy from all sources than alternative products. SPF insulation saved 3.4 trillion BTUs in manufacturing energy over glass fiber in 1990.

Durability is maximized through insulation and air barrier systems that can outlast the service life of their homes.

Severe weather resistance from the highest wind uplift approvals to severe hail resistance ratings to FEMA approval for flood zones mean these systems can protect their buildings in any storm.

Structural strength is improved through rigid, fully-adhered wall systems that don’t transfer the load to the structure.

Transportation fuel usage is reduced because polyurethane is actually manufactured on the building site.

Occupant comfort, health and safety are improved through air leakage control for reduced drafts, noise, pollutant and smoke transfer, vapor movement control for reduced condensation, mold and mildew.

 

3. ECO-EFFICIENCY

Imagine balance. Imagine measuring both ecologic and economic performance. Imagine a company that takes Eco-efficiency data and uses it to make their products better.

Designed to harmonize ecology and economy, the award-winning BASF Eco-Efficiency Analysis assesses the life cycle of a product or manufacturing process from the “cradle to the grave” over five categories:

  • Resource utilization
  • Energy consumption
  • Emissions to air, water and soil
  • Toxicity potential
  • Misuse and risk potential

The aim of the Eco-Efficiency Analysis is to compare similar products or processes. This involves carrying out an overall study of alternative solutions to include a total cost determination and the calculation of ecological impact over the entire life cycle.

 

4. DURABILITY

Homes should not be disposable commodities. Their systems have to be built to last – and to help the house as a whole to stand the test of time.

High performance polyurethane technologies help make homes more durable in several ways.

“During a design racking event like a hurricane, there would be less permanent deformation of wall elements and possibly less damage to a structure that was braced with SPF [spray polyurethane foam] filled walls.”
Excerpt from National Association of Home Builders report, Testing and Adoption of Spray Polyurethane Insulation for Wood Frame Building Construction