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Spray Foam is the Ideal Engineered Building Product for Architects and Designers

Designers choose spray foam insulation for many reasons: energy efficiency, code requirements, flexibility and freedom of design and use, improved indoor air quality, and on and on.

The following articles from our content library will help you:

  • Understand how and why spray foam works as a high performance insulation
  • The value it adds to any building
  • How others design with it
  • The many ways it can be incorporated for LEED points, and any sustainable plan that leads to higher performing buildings
  • The building science of SPF
  • How to choose the right manufacturer and their brands
  • Architects, Engineers, and Builders Choose SPF

    Architects, engineers, and builders who design and construct residential and commercial buildings consider spray foam insulation an indispensable part of achieving “high performance.” Particularly as adherence to US, and International Building Codes becomes mandatory, and home and business owners demand their buildings be as energy efficient and “green” as possible.

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  • Building Standards

    As homeowners, business owners, real estate professionals, builders, and architects all became more focused on energy efficient building, the focus is turning toward engineered building materials like spray foam insulation that stand up in both scientific testing in a lab and in real-world conditions over the lifespan of a structure. There are a lot of measurements for how “green” a building material is. Spray foam, also known as SPF, meets the standards for:

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  • Choose a Manufacturer

    As demand for spray foam insulation grows, so does supply. There are new SPF manufacturers popping up every year, including non-US-based companies. Even some companies who once competed with SPF suppliers by selling other forms of insulation have updated their business models and gotten into the spray foam insulation market. Everyone wants a piece of the energy efficient, builder and resident-friendly material known as spray foam.With more competition comes a wider range of quality and a deeper selection, so it’s imperative for architects, builders, general contractors, homeowners, and building owners to do their homework before choosing a brand. Each manufacturer formulates their brands/products differently, thus each brand is different than that of another company. They have different attributes, different R-values, different qualifications, certifications and ICC reviews, and different customer reviews/reputations. Bottom line is, some are better than others, and the same goes for manufacturers.

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  • Choose an Applicator

    The trade contractor who applies your spray foam must be an experienced, diligent professional well-versed not just in general spray foam application but adept at applying the particular brand of spray foam you’ve chosen. For this reason it’s often prudent to select an applicator affiliated with the manufacturer you chose. Different formulations of spray foam insulation require different application techniques and cure times, and abiding by the specific instructions that go along with each formulation is what guarantees the safety and successful curing of the product. Remember, spray foam is safe when applied correctly by an experienced professional.Here are some of the questions to ask when interviewing potential spray foam applicators:

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  • Health and Safety

    Spray foam insulation, or SPF, has been used regularly in both residential and commercial buildings since the 1970s, so we now have more than thirty years of performance data and scientific testing to analyze when determining the health and safety of this material. As a result, experts agree spray foam is safe and chemically inert if it is:

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  • R-Value

    Conventional consumer wisdom and US energy codes lead us to believe higher R-value equates to better insulating value. In theory, materials with higher R-values should be more effective as insulation and thus be more environmentally efficient. But the reality is that R-value is just one measure of insulating quality—and an imperfect one at that. In order to get an accurate gauge of the actual thermal resistance and energy efficiency of an insulating material there are other factors that should be considered.

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  • US Energy Codes

    The US Department of Energy’s Building Energy Codes Program (BECP) was established in 1991 to support increased energy efficiency in America’s residential and commercial buildings. The BECP coordinates with other governmental agencies, as well as with state and local jurisdictions, to provide minimum requirements for energy-efficient design and construction for new and renovated buildings.

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