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Three unique projects set Icynene insulation apart

There's plenty of ways that homeowners can benefit from Icynene insulation, but some building teams and homeowners tend to take things to the next level. When working on unique projects, defining or statement buildings, considering difficult architectural details or just looking to improve financial investments, spray foam insulation can help play a considerable role.

That's what's helped put Icynene spray foam insulation into so many different and dynamic homes over the years. In more recent history though, there have been three great representations of what spray foam can offer residents looking for something more than the traditional housing experience.

Take a look at these buildings for examples and inspirations:

Net Zero Michigan
Affordability and return on investment have always been important factors for homeowners. Increasingly over the last few years, green energy and environmental impacts have also been considerations of the most eco-minded owners.

One household in Deerton, Michigan found a way to combine financial and environmental savings. The answer was as simple as Icynene spray foam insulation.

According to ABC10 TV, one home in Alger County has outdone itself in terms of reducing carbon emissions and saving money on regular heating and cooling bills. To do that, the source noted, the building was converted heavily in order to generate a net-zero footprint. That means the residents and the building itself only use as much power as it creates on its own.

Best of all, the residence looks pretty much the same as it did before the renovations took place. Some of the biggest changes included:

  • Upgrading to all Energy Star appliances
  • Increasing R-value* of insulation to 3
  • Boosting roof R-value* to 50
  • Raising wall R-values* to 27

All of these insulation objectives were met by adding spray foam throughout the house. Not only will this make the building more durable, it'll also help save money and reduce environmental impacts.

Maintaining Massachusetts
When it comes to historical buildings, there's much to be desired in improving airflow, heating and cooling maintenance and overall structural integrity. In order to increase all of these factors without degrading the antique details of these structures, it's important to use a substance that can conform to the existing structure.

As The Boston Globe reported, that's exactly what made spray foam insulation appealing to those involved in restoration efforts on the Martha's Vineyard 1836 Lambert's Cove Methodist Church and Parsonage. This chapel was the site of the New England Conference and has played host to countless weddings over nearly 200 years on the coast, yet the harsh winters and ocean winds had taken their toll.

While all new facing and granite were installed to support the foundation and basement, the exterior also needed to be redone. For that, the moulding, clapboards and windows were all reinforced with high performance spray foam insulation. The source stated that this will help ensure comfort and cost savings throughout the year, now and for many more to come.

Reinventing Florida
While some look to restore or improve existing structures, builders in Florida have had fun using spray foam insulation to come up with one of the most elegant, enigmatic and impressive examples of individual housing. The Florida Weekly reported that the El Dorado, a custom home in Cape Coral, combines Chinese and Italian influences while creating something uniquely American.

What's more, the house is easily affordable, despite its 3,500-square-foot layout with 16-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling glass walls. That's because the home is reinforced throughout with a high performance spray foam insulation, regulating temperatures in a way that keeps heating and cooling expenses in check. That way, residents can continue to enjoy the infinity pool, spa, multiple fireplaces, sprawling yards and expensive interior without worrying about secondary expenses.

* 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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