What is the best commercial insulation?
According to Energy Star, it is estimated that commercial buildings account for around 18% of the nation’s energy use and nearly 18% of greenhouse gas emissions. It’s in the hands of the nation’s architectural community to seize the opportunity to improve the performance of these buildings with consideration to energy efficient materials such as the best commercial insulation available.
Improving the performance of these commercial buildings is a key priority for building owners and operators. Architects and designers can look at spray foam, increasingly considered the best commercial insulation in terms of long-term performance by the industry, and the insulation specifications for commercial buildings and successfully achieve improved performance.
Both light-density and medium-density spray foam insulation can help significantly contribute to improved commercial building performance to exceed code requirements and go beyond expectations of comfort, performance and functionality. Inclusion of the insulation specifications for commercial buildings for this modern material allows architects to show their commercial building design will:
- Maintain a continuous air seal which will help significantly reduce air leakage
- Reduce ongoing energy costs by creating an air-barrier to minimize air infiltration, while maintaining long-term thermal (R-value*) performance
- Lower equipment costs (namely via reduced HVAC loads) and
- Help improve the indoor air environment
Traditional fibrous or rigid board insulations are not necessarily the best commercial insulation solutions available to help a commercial building improve performance. Architects who typically specify these traditional products can review insulation specifications for commercial buildings in the local area as well as the local building codes to consider evolving to spray foam insulation such as Icynene.
* 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.