Spray Foam provides an Environmentally Friendly Home
Many homes constructed within the last 10+ years have already experienced major failures due to water damage and air leakage across the building envelope. This has caused condensation and mold growth. Now, building specialist are showcasing the benefits of using effective air barriers for homeowners. Air barriers significantly reduce random air leakage, conserving up to 40 percent of a home’s energy loss and improving indoor air quality. Air barriers also extend the life of a home by minimizing the flow of airborne moisture that can breed condensation, mold growth and decay.
Spray foam delivers high-performance solutions for efficient building envelopes, thermal comfort and a healthy living environment – all of which are integral components of green building and design.
Spray foam, in conjunction with various building science experts, has spent a great deal of time investigating the interrelationship of building components and has come up with a series of climate specific recommendations that will truly give you a Healthier, Quieter, More Energy Efficient home.
Spray Foam provides an Environmentally Healthier Home
90% of all building failures are moisture related and 90 times more moisture enters a typical home via air leakage (moisture laden air entering a home through numerous small air leaks) than through vapor diffusion (the slow process of water molecules actually passing through permeable building materials-the process which a “vapor barrier” is designed to control).
We all understand the importance of preventing liquid water from entering a home through proper flashing at key areas such as chimneys, windows, and roof valleys, but until we had the ability to use a spray applied material, such as spray foam, to seal the entire envelope of a home, it was virtually impossible to adequately control airborne water vapor (humidity). Studies have shown that during a single heating season over seven gallons of water can enter a home through the air leakage of a single electrical outlet. This moisture can accumulate behind the sheetrock, cabinets, mirrors, and baseboards causing unseen mold growth and deterioration.
Spray foam creates a very tight building envelope that gives us complete control over the air entering and leaving a home. That means we can bring in the right amount of fresh air needed to maintain good indoor air quality and control where that air comes from, how much moisture it contains, and where we distribute it.
Unlike “loose fill” insulation methods that do not wind proof building cavities, the air sealing characteristics of spray foam insulation provides virtually the same R-Value in the field as it does in the laboratory where the R-Value is measured. Cold air in winter and hot muggy air in summer just cannot pass through polyicynene foam like it can through most other insulating materials. Of all the building materials used in a home, the choice of insulation can have major impact on the long-term quality of the air you breathe and your health.
Spray foam means future savings for homeowners. While enjoying increased comfort and a healthier indoor environment, they can save up to 50% in energy costs each month.
With spray foam, your energy requirements will be significantly lower and you save money on longer lasting heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment. As energy costs rise, you can bank on the fact that your lower energy bills will become an important resale feature.
Overall Goals With the Systems Approach
- Create a healthier living environment
- Minimize moisture related problems and the potential for mold growth by maintaining the indoor relative humidity in the 35-55% range
- Minimize heating and cooling related energy consumption
- Create a more comfortable home by maintaining more even temperature and humidity levels throughout the home