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In this podcast series, we speak to building science experts, share ideas and advancements in the building industry for consideration, touch on some interesting projects where spray foam insulation has been used to help address design issues and other topics of interest to architects and design professionals.  We’ll be looking at topics including moisture management, the benefits of continuous insulation, and much more. All from a practical point of view to help architects, design professionals and builders realize their project’s true potential. You may listen below, or subscribe to our podcast on iTunes. We hope you enjoy listening and welcome your feedback! Email building dot genius @


The Concept of an "Active House"

In this episode, we speak to Russell Ibbotson. Russell is the Technical Manager at VELUX Canada, a manufacturer of residential and commercial skylights. He is a professional engineer with more than 15 years’ experience as a supplier in the high-performance housing sector. Russell volunteers with several industry associations and is on the board of directors for the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, CHBA and RCI Inc.’s Ontario Chapter.

Russell and his family were the test family in the Great Gulf Home’s project, Active House Centennial Park. In this conversation, Russell talks about the concept of an active house, and shares his own experience living in one.

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Moisture management in commercial construction – identifying problems and solutions

In our first episode of the Building Genius podcast, you’ll hear about the importance of moisture management in commercial construction. Our guest, John Broniek, discusses some of the issues that can occur, and how to solve them properly for long-term performance. John is senior engineer with Icynene, and has been involved in improving the energy efficiency and durability of buildings throughout North America since 1990.

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The benefits of closed-cell spray foam in continuous insulation applications

In this episode of the Building Genius podcast,  John Broniek senior engineer at ICYNENE, talks about why closed-cell spray foam in a continuous insulation application is often the better, and more cost-effective, option than XPS rigid board or other types of insulation in commercial applications.

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Icynene ProSeal and Icynene ProSeal Eco Closed Cell Spray Foam

Our guest, John Broniek, talks about the characteristics of two popular Icynene spray foam products: Icynene ProSeal, a high-performance closed-cell spray foam insulation, and Icynene ProSeal Eco, a 100% water-blown closed-cell spray foam insulation product.

Case Studies - Closed Cell Spray Foam

In this episode of the Building Genius podcast, you’ll hear about several case studies where closed-cell spray foam was used to overcome common problems faced by architects and builders, with insights from our guest, Paul Duffy. Paul is VP of Engineering at Icynene, with more than 20 years of building science and engineering experience. He has been an active contributor to code changes in both the United States and Canada. After listening, you may also be interested in reading some of our case studies.

Debunking Spray Foam Insulation Myths

Do you believe spray foam is more expensive than traditional insulation materials? Do you think it is dangerous? Listen to our latest episode of the Building Genius podcast to find out! 


Special Edition: Architect@Work Event

We recently exhibited at the exclusive Architect@Work Show, in Toronto, Canada. This event, for architects, designers and specifiers, is popular throughout Europe & Asia. This was its first time in North America. You will hear from suppliers of green roofs to high-end custom wood floors to hardware for frameless glass doors. Plus you will hear from Icynene’s Code & Standards specialist and our Commercial Market Representative. You’ll feel like you’re at the Architect@Work show, at least for a few minutes!

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