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Spray Foam – An Eco-Friendly Insulation

Effectively insulating your home provides you with a comfortable living space while significantly cutting down your energy costs. But did you know that certain types of insulation can also have a positive impact on the environment? Due to its unique composition, spray foam insulation serves as an effective barrier against heat loss, simultaneously reducing your carbon footprint. In this article, we are going to discuss the characteristics of spray foam that make it an eco-friendly, efficient insulation option.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)

Developed by the US Green Building Council, the LEED program helps promote energy efficient homes and buildings that mitigate waste, contributing to overall environmental sustainability. The LEED program focusses on several factors that correlate with a building’s impact on the environment. These factors are measured and input into a formula which converts them into LEED points which are used to determine the building’s energy rating.

How Does Spray Foam Insulation Impact Environmental Sustainability?

Spray foam possesses many properties that make it an environmentally friendly insulation material. At Radiant Insulation & Drywall, we use high-quality spray foam insulation products manufactured by ICYNENE. ICYNENE spray foam insulation’s eco-friendly properties that help home’s achieve higher LEED ratings include:

 

  • Optimizing Energy Performance – The use of spray foam insulation like Icynene could help meet the performance requirement of an ENERGY STAR-labelled home in this prerequisite category.
  • Exceptional Energy Performance– Sprayed foam insulation is able to contribute up to 5 points in this category due to energy savings of up to 12.3% being achieved with spray foam insulation products versus traditional options.
  • Insulation–Through high R-values and by greatly simplifying the effort required to achieve HERS Grade 1 workmanship, foam insulation can contribute two points in this category.
  • Air Infiltration– Foam insulation can significantly reduce building envelope air leakage of less than or equal to the required ACH @ 50 Pa. A total of three points can be gained in this category.
  • Environmentally Preferable Products– Icynene foaming insulation solutions are Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) EQ 2.2 Section 01350 compliant. This means that they meet nationally recognized requirements as a low-emitting material in accordance with the California Department of Health Services Standard Practice.
  • Recycled Content– The 3.4% by weight of recycled content (normalized by adjusting for pre-consumer versus postconsumer) of Icynene ProSeal and Icynene ProSeal Eco closed-cell foam insulation product can contribute towards the 10-20% of building material, based on cost, required to be made of recycled material.

ICYNENE

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representation of an eco-friendly home

A True Sustainability Success Story

Together, Hunstman Building Solutions and ICYNENE spray foam insulation are helping us navigate toward a sustainable future.

Resnet HERS Index

LEED, the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index, and Spray Foam Insulation

The same qualities that enable spray foam insulation to achieve higher LEED scores are just as beneficial to your home’s HERS rating. The Residential Energy Services Network’s (RESNET) HERS rating system is the most widely adopted home energy rating methodology throughout the US. Accepted by the US Department of Energy, the HERS Index uses a comprehensive set of criteria to accurately formulate your home’s energy rating. At Radiant Insulation & Drywall, we have certified HERS raters on staff who can provide you with efficient and precise home energy ratings along with guidance on how to boost your HERS score.

Contact us today to learn how our team of experts can insulate your home, maximizing energy efficiency and helping us all work toward a sustainable future.

 
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