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Spray foam insulation: Installed insulation costs vs. Potential realized costs

Builders and architects have long understood the advantages of using spray foam insulation in their residential and commercial designs. The thermal insulating value of spray foam insulation together with its moisture control and air barrier properties make it an attractive inclusion into any new structure. As a "complete" solution, the inclusion of spray foam insulation - open cell or closed cell - affords an array of significant cost savings making it an far more attractive proposition.

For builders and architects, the cost savings can come in the way of wall design, reduced material costs, reduced labor costs (ideal for the builder who is looking for ways to reduce their overheads), reduced framing, smaller HVAC equipment and reduced insurance premiums. With this in mind, let's consider a typical 2,800 sq.ft. home that is insulated with closed cell spray foam insulation like Icynene ProSeal as an example. When you review the cost savings achieved by using the home insulation product, the realized costs are significantly lower.

  Installation Costs $7000
subtract Vapor Control $500
subtract Optimized Framing $1066
subtract Right-sizing HVAC equip. $810
subtract Structural Enhancement $315
subtract Moisture Control $325
  Potential Realized Costs $3984

 

This example shows that the inclusion of spray foam insulation shaves off $3000 not to mention the continual return on investment that the end user (the homeowner or building owner) will realize when their monthly heating and/or cooling bills are lower than the average.  And when you compare the additional costs of a wall system that uses more traditional materials such as fibreglass, the potential realized costs is only nominally higher making it still, an attractive and wise investment.

 

 

 

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