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Spray foam insulation in net zero ready design

Canadian commercial buildings account for 14% of total energy use with industrial buildings accounting for an additional 37%1.  Canadian architectural firms are empowered to build a sustainable future through innovative net zero ready design and LEED practices.

Spray foam insulation and LEED

A total building performance solution that contributes to a more sustainable future, spray foam insulation can contribute to LEEDv3 legacy credits as well as LEEDv4 credits, in your net zero ready designs in the following categories:

  • Energy and Atmosphere
  • Innovation and Design
  • Materials and Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality

Including spray foam insulation into your sustainable, net zero ready designs can also help your firm work towards the Architecture 2030 Challenge. The 2030 Challenge has been adopted by Canada’s key professional and industry associations, including the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the Ontario Association of Architects and the Canada Green Building Council. The 2030 Challenge aims to slow, and ultimately reverse, the global growth rate of GHG emissions and keep the global average temperature rise below 2oC.

Icynene spray foam insulation can contribute to LEED credits in the following sustainable design types:

  • New Construction
  • Healthcare
  • Schools

Contributions to improved air quality

The World Green Building Council’s 2014 report, Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices: The Next Chapter for Green Building, notes that it is not uncommon to see improvements in productivity of 8 to 11% as a result of improved air quality. Spray foam insulation within the building envelope can prevent the entry of outdoor pollutants and allergens and thereby improve indoor air quality for occupants.

For all Icynene spray foam insulation products, volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions are evaluated in accordance with CAN/ULC-S705.1 requirements.

Including spray foam insulation in your net zero ready design provides an air seal to reduce air leakage but also to help prevent the infiltration of pollutants such as dust and dirt, mould and moisture, carbon monoxide and soil gases.

Source: Energy BC website