Improving building performance with open-cell spray foam: Whole Building Design
Using open-cell spray foam can help provide sustainable, high-performance buildings that gives a tremendous return-on-investment over the long term. As well as offering energy efficiency and moisture management, open-cell spray foam insulation can aid in the whole building design. Optimizing building envelope performance considers how all building components interact.
Following the principles of whole building design, the end result is a structure that is more durable and comfortable. Air, heat and moisture flow are critical considerations for successful implementation of the whole building approach. It’s here where certain open-cell spray foams, such as Icynene’s LD-C-50, can work to the contractor’s advantage. For instance, when applied to the underside of the roof deck to create a conditioned attic assembly, air-impermeable open-cell spray foam increases the efficiency of attic-located HVAC equipment, reducing energy consumption and related greenhouse gas emissions.
More efficient operation of the HVAC system also results in improved indoor moisture management. Combined, the key sustainable strategies of energy efficiency, moisture management and whole building design, can be achieved through the use of a quality open-cell spray foam insulation product.
Contact Icynene’s Engineering team to understand how open-cell spray foam can effectively be implemented into your projects.