US Congress recently announced that the Energy Efficient Tax Credit has been extended. The news is a fantastic result for any homeowners and builders looking to include energy efficient insulation in their homes.
Following an extreme weather event such as hurricane or flooding, assessment of the damage is critical in understanding how to approach the next steps. Once the extent of the damage is determined, removal can begin. It is recommended that a qualified clean-up contractor assess the removals required.
When retrofit work is about to begin, it will be necessary to determine the readiness of insulated assemblies for spray foam. It is most desirable that surfaces be clean and dry to accept spray foam. Wood should have a moisture content of less than 19%. Concrete should be visibly dry and free of residue. Metals should be free of dirt and oil. Any surfaces subjected to flooding should be disinfected and treated to address mold. Residual salt should not impact spray foam.
Icynene has been committed to the responsible use of spray foam chemistry for more than 25 years. Since developing our first spray foam insulation product, Icynene has actively taken measures to ensure the health and safety of our contractors and homeowner clients. Our excellent health and safety record extends from our manufacturing plant right through to property owners in more than 350,000 projects.
Being a complex, interconnected network of materials, systems and functions, a building should contain products that can work in harmony with one another to ensure proper and adequate functionality and use. Architects and designers can help make the difference when planning to develop more energy efficient buildings.
Building Genius presents architects, commercial builders and production builders with an insight into the spray foam insulation and building industries across the United States and Canada. With a key focus on building science, codes and standards, burgeoning trends, industry development and news, Building Genius offers an outlook from the spray foam insulation industry leader, Icynene, from the perspective of our top engineers, code specialists and industry experts.