R-Value is Not the Only Measure Whole-wall system increases energy efficiency and comfort
Insulation. Air leakage control. Structural strength. Flood resistance. This isn’t your grandfather’s insulation.
Combining a superior insulation R-value with near-zero air permeability, closed-cell, spray-applied polyurethane foam increases energy efficiency and occupant comfort and improves indoor air quality.
The United States Department of Energy (DOE) reports that up to 40% of the cost of heating and cooling a home is lost to uncontrolled air leakage. Closed-cell polyurethane foam insulation has been tested and is certified to be an air barrier at an application of 1-inch thickness. It is fully-adhered and does not allow air to flow around, behind or through the insulation system.
The DOE has also shown that 15% of traditional insulation materials’ effectiveness is lost due to convection loops through and behind board and batt systems. Polyurethane technology eliminates this by forming a fully adhered, seamless insulation and air barrier system.
Increased structural integrity, reduced mold
Spray-applied closed-cell polyurethane foam is the only insulation material proven to add structural integrity throughout the wall system, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Center. Tests conducted there show spray foam insulation between wood- and steel-stud wall panels increased rack and shear strength two to three times compared with standard stick-built components with glass fiber insulation.
In addition to rack and shear, closed-cell polyurethane foam is classified as an acceptable flood-resistant material by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Mold requires three things to grow: moisture, warm temperatures and a food source. Polyurethane foam insulation eliminates condensing surfaces, reduces the potential to accumulate moisture, has no nutritional value and is not considered a food source for mold.
COMFORT FOAM and SPRAYTITE insulation and air barrier systems are accepted by all major building codes, including the International Code Council encompassing both commercial and residential applications. Accredited third-party testing of closed-cell SPF systems using ASTM E283-(04) proves that the insulation systems are a Building Code-recognized air barrier material.