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Better Building Performance
Icynene® spray foam insulation is a high-performance, premium product. This section was developed to share our findings with you so that you can understand how Icynene delivers the full solution to creating an environment that is Healthier, Quieter, and More Energy Efficient® for your customers.

Building Codes
The local building code official is responsible for approving construction materials and methods. Evaluating building products is a time-consuming process requiring vast technical expertise. Therefore, building departments and designers will usually rely on evaluation services that evaluate products' conformance with the building code. The evaluation services evaluate construction products and provide an evaluation report that can be used by building regulators, contractors, specifiers, architects, engineers, and anyone else with an interest in the building industry and construction. The evaluation services make these reports freely available to the public.

Building science
Before beginning a remodeling project, contractors routinely consider its impact on the design and construction of the rest of the home. It's time to take this one step further – contractors should also consider the impact on whole-house performance. Every change made to an existing home must properly interact with the building envelope and the systems within it. This is what's known as Building Science.

Adopting a whole-house approach means selecting an insulation that integrates well with other building components and delivers high-performance results. As an insulation and air barrier system, Icynene® allows you to practice Building Science in your remodeling projects. For instance, Icynene's air-sealing properties allow HVAC rightsizing to cut heating and cooling costs by up to 50% versus conventional insulation and improve indoor air quality. Homeowners can see the benefits of Icynene through reduced utility bills and healthier indoor air.

Because Icynene completely seals the building envelope, it can also be an effective component in a moisture management program. Icynene prolongs the building's lifespan because it minimizes the flow of airborne moisture, condensation, mold growth and decay.

The increasing incidence of moisture and mold intrusion - the two major causes of building failure - has spawned thousands of property damage cases now pending in U.S. courts. This litigation spreads a broad net in seeking damages, targeting developers, architects, engineers, general contractors and specialty contractors, as well as insurance companies.

Fortunately, the Building Science community is becoming more knowledgeable about the physics of buildings, and they can now identify the factors that can shorten the life of a building. Day-to-day moisture damage from poor design, construction or maintenance tops the list.

Building scientists have begun to place a lot more emphasis on creating walls and ceilings with effective air barriers. Why?
Air barriers provide a triple benefit for the trades, design professionals and their clients in greening homes:
1. They eliminate random air leakage, which can cause up to 40 percent of a building's energy loss
2. They enable complete control over the quality of the interior air by minimizing the intrusion of smog, pollens, molds and other outdoor allergens. Combined with proper mechanical ventilation, building occupants can breathe fresh, filtered air.
3. They extend the life of a building by eliminating the flow of airborne moisture into the building envelope, which could lead to condensation, mold growth and decay.

This is why Icynene® is more than just insulation. It delivers the total solution by acting as an insulation and air barrier system. Icynene adheres to the construction material (regardless of shape or detailing complexity) and air-seals to ensure optimal airtightness – without the need for excess sealing material. Icynene is a high-performance material that addresses your, and your client's, concerns about preserving the life of a building and the systems within it. Icynene fully integrates with other building components to deliver superior indoor air quality, increased energy efficiency, durability and comfort.



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