While most traditional insulation types only provide R-Value, building science shows us that an air seal, like that provided by Icynene, is imperative for total building performance. Protecting against air leakage with Icynene means that homeowners can significantly reduce CO2 emissions and save up to 50% in energy costs related to heating and cooling. On average, the energy savings can exceed the installation price within three to four years. Plus, an energy saving air seal help keep airborne pollutants, allergens and moisture out ensuring a healthier and cleaner indoor air environment.
Icynene’s dual performance function of R-Value plus air sealing also means that the amount of building materials required is less and can also shorten construction schedules. Icynene works for the life of the building, eliminating the need for replacement or additional materials and waste.
Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are used as blowing agents in many spray foam insulation products. They also may include polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs) for fire resistance. However, HFCs have a high global warming potential (GWP) and PBDEs can potentially be toxic to humans as well as the environment.
All Icynene spray foam insulation products are PBDE-free, and several are also HFC-free.
In fact, ICYNENE LD-R-50®, ICYNENE LD-C-50® and ICYNENE MD-R-200™ are 100% water-blown (meaning no synthetic blowing agents are used). Certain Icynene spray foam formulas have additional environmental benefits:
Icynene and LEED® Contributions
Icynene spray foam insulation products qualify for LEED credits. Builders and designers can attain Icynene LEED credits in:
NAHB Approvals of Icynene Spray Foam
Each Icynene spray foam insulation product is green approved by the National Green Building Standard™ of the National Association of Home Builders. Want to know more? See the links below.
Selling Sustainable Homes
Icynene’s comprehensive Builder Advantage Program gives residential builders the essential tools to help educate homeowners about the long-term benefits of Icynene spray foam insulation.
You can also obtain a customized energy-payback estimate for your project, calculated using REM/Design™ energy analysis software. Speak to your local Icynene installer or an Icynene representative for further details on the Builder Advantage Program.