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Companies looking to be energy efficient should consider tightening their building envelopes

The walls of your building are composed of several layers known as the building envelope, including exterior cladding, insulation and structural supports. These layers are packed tightly together in order to form your facility's building envelope, preventing air and moisture from moving in and out of your interior spaces. When damage occurs to the envelope, holes and cracks form that compromise your building's ability to maintain a constant, steady temperature.

These small imperfections can also lead to further structural damage if left untreated and reduce the building's overall efficiency. If your company is looking to become energy efficient in 2015, repairing the office's building envelope with spray foam insulation is a great place to start.

Weak envelopes are a triple threat
Consulting Specifying Engineer noted that there are three ways a poorly maintained building envelope could compromise your facility's efficiency. Air intrusion occurs when gaps in the building envelope allows warm air to escape your interior, forcing your building's heating systems to run overtime. Similarly, building's suffer water intrusion when moisture seeps through the cracks in the exterior, potentially causing mold or water damage. Finally, be wary of insulation with a compromised R-value*, which leaves your building vulnerable to thermal intrusion.

Spray foam insulation boasts an airtight seal, vapor permeability and one of the highest and most consistent R-values* available, making the material an ideal solution for problems that can plague your building envelope.

Businesses benefit from greater comfort
There are many ways that upgrading your building's envelope with spray foam insulation can help to make employees more comfortable while at work in addition to making the facility more efficient. First and foremost, a building envelope strengthened by spray foam insulation is an excellent defense against airborne allergens, according to EDC. When combined with proper ventilation, businesses can provide optimum air quality for employees in the workplace.

Open-cell spray foam insulation can also serve as a soundproofing upgrade for your commercial building, shielding your employees from distracting outside noise and the anxiety that often follows with it. Employees with fewer distractions and a healthier work environment are also more productive, and these perks show just how big an impact a secure building envelope can have on you business. Get in touch with experienced spray foam installers at Icynene if you have more questions about taking your company's building envelope to the next level of efficiency.

* R means resistance to heat flow. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power. Compare insulation R-values before you buy. There are other factors to consider. The amount of insulation you need depends mainly on the climate you live in. Also, your fuel savings from insulation will depend upon the climate, the type and size of your house, the amount of insulation already in your house, and your fuel use patterns and family size. If you buy too much insulation, it will cost you more than what you'll save on fuel. To get the marked R-value, it is essential that this insulation be installed properly.

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