Since 1986, Icynene has worked with architects and technical support is critical to ensure the right application of our products. Our technical support for architects falls into three key areas:
Specific Project Consultations
Icynene’s Code & Standards Department is intimately involved in building code development. With the most current code information available, our team can help answer any questions you may have about using Icynene spray foam in your commercial projects. You can also get up-to-date insulation spray requirements and the latest evaluation services reports here, building code questions and code cycle timelines here and state updates here.
Building Codes Advocacy
With code changes occurring on a three-year cycle, Icynene actively participates in every stage to avoid surprises and ensure our products are always in compliance. Our team educates code officials on commercial spray foam insulation in several ways including:
- At least 15 presentation sessions across the US and Canada to address specific issues
- Participation in the code officials’ tradeshows
- Responding to questions and queries at these events and throughout the year
Icynene’s code department proposes new code changes as a founding member of the Advanced Building Coalition (ABC). The ABC is a coalition of similar, proactive companies and consultants who wish to make building codes more energy efficient while being cost-effective. These organizations include NAHB, the Colorado Department of Energy and other like-minded manufacturers. As a group, these organizations have a greater influence in defending proposed code changes and opposing those that are not in the best interests of commercial building occupants and professionals.
Navigating NFPA 285 approved wall assemblies
The International Building Code requires the installation of an approved thermal barrier over all foam plastics (including spray foam insulation) separating the foam insulation from the interior space of the building. The IBC lists 1/2" gypsum wallboard as an acceptable thermal barrier material.
However, most recently new technology has emerged for more cost effective thermal barrier solutions such as a spray applied intumescent coating. Icynene has tested and qualified an intumescent coating, DDCC--331155 as an approved spray applied thermal barrier over our open-cell LD-C-50® and closed-cell MD-C-200™. This provides architects, designers, and commercial building owners with a cost effective option for exposed applications such as acoustical ceiling plenums, exposed roof assemblies, and attics connected to habitable space.
Download the Design Matrix for NFPA 285 Tested and EEV's
For immediate assistance on technical inquiries, contact Icynene at: 1-800-758-7325