Is Spray Foam Insulation Green?

"Spray polyurethane foam (SPF) is an exciting insulation product that is exploding in popularity for many reasons. Among its many outstanding attributes are several that could be understood by consumers to be “green” attributes - for example, some SPF is made in part with natural oils, giving the foam some renewable content. And because SPF is an outstanding insulator, it can contribute significantly to home and building energy efficiency and energy savings." Prepared by SPFA

"Low-density polyurethane foam sprayed in between floor joists serves triple duty as insulation, air barrier, and sound control device." Prepared by Mason Knowles

"Buildings with SPF may use less energy." Prepared by Monica Ntiru Karamagi-Huntsman

"In the case of SPF, this applies foremost because of the increase in energy efficiency it provides. A product that reduces energy use and the pollution required to produce that energy is generally considered "green. One of the criteria used by the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) in determining a "green" product is that it is "made from reused, recycled, rapidly renew- able, and preferably local materials. SPF meets this need as most products are based on some level of various renewable resource

"We can reduce a lot of waste, and stem the production of tons of new materials by making do with what we have. Trouble is, the number one green priority is energy. And in this day and age, it’s not enough to just reduce energy; the bar is set at zero energy." Prepared by Clayton DeKorne

"To meet green building standards for better thermal protection and energy performance from longer-lasting, environmentally benign building materials, more projects employ closed-cell spray polyurethane foam (ccSPF) insulation, which provides significant benefits contributing to green building performance and LEED certifications." Prepared by Honeywell

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