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Spray foam insulation’s role in sustainable design

Each year, commercial buildings spend more than $100 million in energy costs, with around 30% of the energy being wasted1. Leading architectural firms have the power to shape a sustainable future through energy-efficient, sustainable designs.

Contributions to LEED

Spray foam insulation is a total building performance solution that contributes to LEEDv3 legacy credits, including new LEEDv4 credits, in the following categories:

  • Energy and Atmosphere
  • Innovation and Design
  • Materials and Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality

Spray foam insulation contributions to LEED accreditation for your sustainable design can help your firm work towards the Architecture 2030 Challenge, which has been adopted by the American Institute of Architects, ASHRAE and the USGBC. The 2030 Challenge aims to slow and ultimately reverse the global growth rate of GHG emissions and keep the global average temperature rise below 35.6oF.

Icynene spray foam insulation can contribute to LEED credits in the following sustainable design types:

  • New Construction
  • Healthcare
  • Schools

Contributions to indoor air quality

The 2014 report from the World Green Building Council suggests that it is not uncommon to see improvements in productivity of 8 to 11% as a result of improved air quality. Spray foam insulation within the building envelope can prevent the entry of outdoor pollutants and allergens and thereby improve indoor air quality for occupants.

All Icynene spray foam insulation products are also certified as low-emitting (low-VOC) for office and school spaces by Berkeley Analytical Laboratories, using the emission testing method found in California specification Section 01350. As a result, Icynene spray foam insulation grades qualify for listing in the CHPS (Collaborative for High Performance Schools) High-Performance Materials Database.

'We believe we must alter our profession's actions,' the AIA 2030 Commitment says, 'and encourage our clients and the entire design and construction industry to join with us to change the course of the planet's future.'

1Source: 2011 Fast Facts: ENERGY STAR Commercial Building Design.