ICYNENE® BRINGS ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND A HEALTHIER INDOOR ENVIRONMENT TO HOMES
Nowadays, it's almost impossible to think of any type of building material that hasn't been improved upon over time. Insulation is certainly no exception. Case in point: an insulating foam called Icynene®.
Filling the Gaps
Among Icynene's® most impressive characteristics is its extraordinary ability to control air leakage. Generally speaking, when we think of any insulation's performance, we think in terms of R-value. R-value, the ability to resist conductive heat flow, is calculated under controlled conditions in a laboratory. What is not taken into account is the effect air movement can have in reducing energy efficiency. In real-life situations, walls using the two most common insulations - fiberglass and cellulose - are rarely perfectly sealed. Gaps around pipes, outlets and windows create energy-robbing air leaks. By contrast, Icynene®, which expands 100 times its applied thickness, creates a complete air barrier that virtually eliminates air leakage.
More important to a growing number of homeowners, Icynene® is a healthier alternative. In recent years, we've heard many reports of dangerous molds growing inside walls. This can happen when warm, moist air infiltrates into the wall cavity, contacts cooler temperatures and generates condensation. Because Icynene® completely seals the building envelope, it can be an effective component in the mold prevention program. In addition, testing by Texas Tech University has proven that Icynene® insulation is not a food source for mold. Independent testing has also confirmed that the product will not emit harmful vapors.
Although the initial cost of Icynene® is more than fiberglass, it immediately pays for itself in many ways. Energy costs are reduced by up to 50 versus fiberglass alternatives, the reduction in air leakage allows for smaller, less expensive HVAC equipment, and labor and material normally required to seal the building envelope are no longer required. Icynene® can also significantly contribute toward the homeowner's securing an energy - efficient mortgage.
To top it all off, Icynene® insulation is the right choice for the environment. It has a water-based formula developed from organic products, and it is the only insulation certified by Envirodesic. There is nothing in the product that damages the environment. No CFCs, HCFC or volatile organic compounds are used during installation. The Icynene Insulation System® fills all says and seams so provide a protective air barrier that helps keep out pollution, allergens, mold spores and noise. It's comforting for the homeowners to know that not only will they enjoy reduced energy bills, but their family will also benefit from a healthier living space.
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