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Building Science

Benefits of Icynene Spray Foam Insulation

Healthier - Superior Indoor Air, Low Environmental Impact®

The time spent indoors should help to maintain occupant health and well-being.  That's why it is important to select building products like Icynene® soft foam insulation and air barrier system, which was manufactured with health and well-being in mind.

Icynene® contributes to a healthy indoor environment in three critical ways:

1). Icynene® is 100% water-blown and does not emit harmful gases once cured.

Icynene® contains no ozone-depleting substances and does not off-gas over time, unlike some conventional insulation that can deteriorate as time passes.  Icynene maintains its efficiency with no loss of R-value to provide healthy indoor air (and energy savings) for its occupants today and for years to come. Selecting products that provide longevity, like Icynene®, reduces the impact on the environment because it eliminates the need for the installation of additional material in the future.    

2). Icynene creates a continuous air barrier in the walls, ceilings and floors, which minimizes the intrusion of outdoor allergens and pollutants.

Icynene® helps buildings achieve U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED™) credits.

3) As an integrated insulation and air barrier, Icynene effectively minimizes air leakage and accompanying moisture (air leakage accounts for as much as 99% of moisture movement in a structure).  So effective is Icynene at minimizing condensation, moisture build-up, and the growth of mold or mildew, the product is often specified for use in museums, art galleries, and libraries where condensation control is critical to preserving the integrity of valuable collections.

Quieter - Minimizing Noise Pollution with Icynene®
Icynene® significantly minimizes unwanted sounds that can invade living spaces, creating a much more enjoyable indoor environment. Icynene® helps to reduce noise levels that originate from within building structures (like home theaters and children's play areas) as well as those that originate from the external environment (such as street traffic or airports).  

Icynene® is ideal for applications where quiet is a must. When Icynene® is sprayed into walls, ceilings and floors, building occupants are uninterrupted by airborne sound (human speech, stereos, plumbing runs and outdoor noise) and flanking sound (sound transmitted through the building structure). Icynene® ensures a haven of peace and quiet by completely filling and sealing every penetration such as cracks around doors, electrical outlets, and plumbing pipes within walls.

More Energy Efficient – Icynene®

With energy costs taking such a huge bite out of the monthly budget, it's little surprise that energy efficiency is the top consideration among those who are considering insulation options.

How do you choose the right insulation?

R-value offers a highly recognizable standard for comparing an insulation's energy efficiency. R-Value helps us “compare by numbers” in that the higher the number, the better the insulation is at reducing energy loss. The truth is, building science tells us there are major leaks in the R-value story. R-value measures an insulation's ability to inhibit conductive heat flow but it doesn't address the primary method of heat transfer – air leakage (convection), which causes up to 40% of building energy loss.

Using Icynene® soft foam insulation and air barrier system is one of the best ways to improve energy efficiency and thermal comfort.  As a complete insulation and air barrier, Icynene minimizes air leakage in the building structure, which allows for HVAC equipment rightsizing.  This saves dramatically on initial equipment costs and ongoing utility costs - Icynene can save up to 50% every month in energy costs versus traditional energy options.

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I am SO glad I decided to use Icynene to insulate the entire envelope of my house. We did a full-renovation, and the 100% air barrier has been fabulous. Ameri-spec tested our house for the federal renovation grant, and said we were more heat efficient than most of the new "green" homes going up on the west side. Icynene definitely contributed to the $3800 rebate we got.
Tim, South Lethbridge