Statistics from ENERGY STAR® show that commercial buildings account for around 18% of energy use and nearly 18% of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. With a growing focus on energy efficiency and sustainable living, architects and designers have an opportunity to help shape the direction of green, sustainable design.
Low-density spray foam, also known as half-pound foam, offers architects compelling reasons to go beyond the norm and the expected to create designs that exceed comfort, performance and functionality expectations. The flexibility and adaptability of low-density, open-cell spray foam is ideal for use in commercial projects. Open-cell spray foam insulation offers commercial architects the opportunity to:
Reduce upfront insulation costs thanks to the higher yield and air-sealing qualities afforded by open-cell spray foam – less reliance on additional materials
Reduce ongoing heating and cooling costs by up to 50%^ thanks to a continuous air seal that minimizes air infiltration
Lower HVAC equipment costs due to ‘right-sizing’
Improve indoor comfort for a better workplace environment
Easily manage hard-to-insulate areas
Fully explore unique and complex design concepts without restrictions
There are four compelling reasons for commercial architects to consider low-density, open-cell spray foam insulation as part of the designs. We’ll explore these in upcoming posts.
In the meantime, Icynene’s Building Science and Engineering teams can discuss with you how you can successfully use open-cell spray foam in your current designs.
^ Savings vary. Find out why in the seller's fact sheet on R-values. Higher R-values mean greater insulating power.