When compared to traditional alternatives available in the market, such as rigid foam board, spray foam insulation is a modern approach to continuous insulation that allows architects to push the envelope in design and creativity.
The Pacific Coast Builders Builders Conference (PCBC) returns to the Moscone Center in San Fransisco this year and Icynene will be showcasing its newest product innovations - Icynene Classic Plus and Icynene ProSeal.
Open-cell spray foam insulation is an effective solution for architects and commercial builders to consider helping maximize air control and minimize related problems. In addition to energy efficiency, good quality open-cell spray foam also aids in moisture management.
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.
LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – is a green building program that is gaining greater traction amongst designers and their clients. The program, designed to quantify the environmental benefit in green building strategies through a rating system, awards a building with certification label.
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.
Reason One: Open-Cell spray foam creates an effective air barrier for optimal building performance
A 2009 Wall Energy Rating (WER) study shows that without an air barrier, insulation alone cannot provide optimal energy efficiency and comfort for occupants. Such findings have now led to air barriers becoming a critical part of building code and industry standards such as ASHRAE 90.1.
Reason Three: Open-Cell spray foam enhances building durability
Air leakage can lead to concealed condensation and moisture damage. Using an effective air barrier such as Icynene light-density, open-cell spray foam can contribute to improved durability and performance of building envelope assemblies.
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