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.
While both open-cell and closed-cell spray foam insulation are proven and effective commercial solutions, each product has its own unique set of qualities and is more suited to certain applications. Armed with this knowledge, specifiers can make better educated decisions when it comes to product selection.
Discover Icynene’s evolution of insulation at the upcoming 2012 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. Held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California from Wednesday November 14th through to Friday November 15th, the conference is considered the world’s largest dedicated to green building practices and energy efficiency.
The evolution of insulation is here following the launch of new Icynene Classic Max™ which has been approved by ICC-ES for use without an ignition barrier in residential projects. Icynene’s new product provides:
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.
Building Genius presents architects, commercial builders and production builders with an insight into the spray foam insulation and building industries across the United States and Canada. With a key focus on building science, codes and standards, burgeoning trends, industry development and news, Building Genius offers an outlook from the spray foam insulation industry leader, Icynene, from the perspective of our top engineers, code specialists and industry experts.