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Bringing sustainable design and spray foam together

What makes sustainability and spray foam insulation compatible for architects? According to Energy Star, on average 30% of the energy used in commercial buildings is wasted. With energy costs for commercial buildings reaching as much as $100 billion annually, architects have the opportunity to use spray foam insulation in their sustainable designs.

In terms of insulation in sustainable design, most traditional insulation types can deliver only on R-value*. However, building science teaches us the inclusion of an air seal, like that from Icynene spray foam, is vital for total building performance.

In 2006, the American Institute of Architects wisely adopted Architecture 2030's “2030 Challenge,” an initiative seeking carbon neutrality in the industry by 2030. “[W]e believe we must alter our profession's actions,” the AIA 2030 Commitment says, “and encourage our clients and the entire design and construction industry to join with us to change the course of the planet's future.”

Spray foam insulation in a commercial building’s sustainable design allows architects to help:

  • reduce annual carbon emissions
  • encourage improved indoor environments
  • reduce monthly heating and cooling expenses
  • reduce building material requirements

* 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.