Encouraging green building practices and sustainability is essential for reducing and eventually eliminating carbon emissions contributing to climate change says the president of the Green Building Initiative.
Open-cell spray foam can be used to successfully deliver sustainable, high-performance results. Incorporating open-cell spray foam, such as Icynene’s LD-C-50, into a sustainable building can have a tremendous impact on achieving the core sustainable strategies of energy efficiency, moisture management and whole building design.
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.
Using open-cell spray foam can help provide sustainable, high-performance buildings that gives a tremendous return-on-investment over the long term. As well as offering energy efficiency and moisture management, open-cell spray foam insulation can aid in the whole building design. Optimizing building envelope performance considers how all building components interact.
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