The top concern for anyone involved in the US building industry today is the continually rising cost of energy, and how to design and build a home or building to reduce the overall cost of operating that structure.
And as we all know, the best defense is a good offense. Spray foam insulation is a good quarterback for that offense. SPF insulation is a smart product. By that we mean it is specifically engineered to replace the legacy insulations that provide lower R-values and allow air penetration—which causes the building to use more energy to either heat or cool the space.
SPF insulation is spray-applied—meaning it comes from the spray gun as a liquid, unlike any other insulation. Imagine if you will, the difference of laying a piece of rectangular formed insulation, or blowing a solid insulation into a wall cavity, versus spraying liquid into that cavity. The legacy insulations lay atop the substrate and fits as best they can within the space. Liquid SPF fills every crack, nook, open space, hole and cranny in the space thus sealing the envelope and becoming a barrier against air infiltration, which reduces the heat transfer of the space and the exterior.
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.Read More