Key Contributions of Icynene
- Energy efficiency (for reduced greenhouse gas emissions)
- Healthier indoor environments
- Reduced materials usage
- Safer formulas
- The option to choose a renewably based formula
Sustainability Through Air-Sealing
Most insulation types only deliver U value, but building science teaches us that an air seal like that provided by Icynene spray foam insulation is vital for total building performance.
By protecting against air leakage, Icynene spray foam insulation can provide up to 50% energy savings, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by thousands of tons per year. The related monetary savings can exceed the insulation price in just three to four years on average.
This energy-saving air seal also seals out airborne pollutants, allergens and moisture, providing healthier indoor air and helping to prevent condensation and mold.
Furthermore, because Icynene spray foam insulation provides lasting R value plus air-sealing in a single step, it can reduce the amount of building materials required and help shorten construction schedules.
Once installed, Icynene spray foam insulation works for the life of the home, eliminating the need for replacement and reducing building materials waste.
Sustainability Through Innovative Insulation Foam Spray Formulas
Many spray foam insulation products use HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons) as blowing agents and contain PBDEs (polybrominated diphenylethers) for fire resistance. The problem is, HFCs have a high global warming potential (GWP), and PBDEs can be toxic to both humans and the environment.
All Icynene spray foam insulation products are PBDE-free, and several are also HFC-free. In fact, ICYNENE LD-C-50® and ICYNENE MD-R-210™ are 100% water-blown (with no synthetic blowing agents).
Specific Icynene products also offer additional environmental benefits. Consider ICYNENE MD-R-210™, made with up to 12.6% recycled plastic in the resin, reducing the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills.
LEED® Contributions of Icynene Insulation Foam Spray
Icynene insulation foam spray products qualify for LEED credits in the categories of Energy & Atmosphere, Innovation & Design, Materials & Resources and Indoor Environmental Quality.
NAHB Approvals of Icynene Insulation Foam Spray
All Icynene products are green approved products according to the National Green Building Standard™ of the National Association of Home Builders.
Selling Sustainable Homes with Help from Icynene Insulation Foam Spray
Icynene’s Builder Advantage Program provides flexible selling tools to help residential builders educate homeowners about the benefits of Icynene. You can also obtain a customized energy-payback estimate for your project. Contact an Icynene installer or representative for more information.