Affecting every single one of us, especially those with respiratory issues such as asthma and allergies, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is a key area for builders to consider in any new project. Consider the interests of your clients and building occupants when building to improve indoor air quality* with Icynene spray foam insulation.
The Facts About Indoor Air Quality
- 90% of our time is spent indoors
- 40% of kids will develop respiratory illness
- $1+ billion – Annual medical costs stemming from serious illnesses caused by poor indoor air quality
- Between $4.7 billion and $5.4 billion – respiratory illness- related lost productivity costs
How Icynene Helps
Carl Seville, renowned remodeler and green building scientist, suggests these tips to help improve indoor air quality:
Keep out what pollutants you can, including dust and dirt, mold and moisture, radon and carbon monoxide
Separate breathing air from pollutants you can’t eliminate by air-sealing walls and ceilings between living spaces and garages, combustion furnaces and water heaters, combustion closets and chemical storage areas
Use building materials that contribute to moisture management (like Icynene spray foam insulation) to prevent the growth of mold, which releases spores and mycotoxins into the air.
Icynene spray foam insulation can help you achieve these suggestions all at once since it acts as both insulation and an effective air barrier that seals from outdoor pollutants. Through the elimination of air leakage, Icynene spray foam insulation prevents pollutants, outdoor allergens and moisture from infiltrating the building.
Also, unlike traditional insulation types, Icynene is not considered a food source for insects or mold, a common variable for respiratory irritation.
By using Icynene in the interior and external walls, you can help protect your clients from hazardous pollutants that originate from other areas of the home such as those from the garage.
* Icynene creates an air barrier to reduce outdoor pollutants and allergens from getting inside. Used in conjunction with proper mechanical ventilation Icynene can make indoor air healthier than what you breathe outside.