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Reasons to Use Light-Density, Open-Cell Spray Foam (Part 4)

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Reason Four: Open-cell spray foam insulation helps make commercial projects more environmentally appropriate

In this final part if our 'Reasons to use Open-Cell' series we look at how open-cell spray foam insulation helps green goals.

For architects and designers, light-density, open-cell spray foam insulation can be a valuable building feature, whether they are looking to achieve LEED project certification or simply want a more energy efficient, sustainable design.

  • The high yield of low-density spray foam makes it more resource-efficient than medium-density spray foams, requiring fewer raw materials to achieve equivalent thermal performance.
  • The chemistry of light-density spray foam, using water as a blowing agent, results in the lowest Global Warming Potential (GWP of 1) of any spray foam product.
  • Spray foam gets shipped to the jobsite in its unreacted state, so it is more compact and minimizes transportation energy use.

It is these properties that help Icynene light-density, open-cell spray foam achieve the highest point total of any insulation product on the LEED and NAHB green rating scales.

There are more reasons why commercial architects should consider using light-density, open-cell spray foam in commercial building projects. Read Icynene’s White Paper ‘Improving Commercial Building Performance and Sustainability’ for more information and insight into light-density, open-cell spray foam. Also, Icynene’s Building Science and Engineering teams can discuss with you how you can successfully use open-cell spray foam in your current designs.

Read past blog posts related to this topic here, here, here and here.

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