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Following an extreme weather event such as hurricane or flooding, assessment of the damage is critical in understanding how to approach the next steps. Once the extent of the damage is determined, removal can begin. It is recommended that a qualified clean-up contractor assess the removals required.

When retrofit work is about to begin, it will be necessary to determine the readiness of insulated assemblies for spray foam. It is most desirable that surfaces be clean and dry to accept spray foam. Wood should have a moisture content of less than 19%. Concrete should be visibly dry and free of residue. Metals should be free of dirt and oil. Any surfaces subjected to flooding should be disinfected and treated to address mold. Residual salt should not impact spray foam.

Being a complex, interconnected network of materials, systems and functions, a building should contain products that can work in harmony with one another to ensure proper and adequate functionality and use. Architects and designers can help make the difference when planning to develop healthier, more energy efficient buildings.

While air and moisture control is imperative to contributing to the creation of a healthier building, so too are measures pertaining to air leakage and vapor diffusion.

Icynene formally opened the doors of its first European office in early January bringing the evolution of spray foam insulation closer to more homeowners, architects and builders.