Open-Cell Spray Foam Insulation
FOR YOUR NEW HOME
GET EXCITED ABOUT YOUR INSULATION
Did you know that the insulation you choose for your new residence should contribute to the durability, energy efficiency, comfort, health and safety of your home?
Most homebuyers get excited about selecting new appliances, counter tops, landscaping and other aesthetic items but rarely consider the variety of insulation materials available to the construction industry. With the rising cost of energy, and a focus on health and environmental issues, architects and builders are recommending insulation materials that add signifi cant performance value to construction projects. Open-cell spray foam is at the top of the recommended insulation materials list.
IntegraFill insulation is part of the IntegraFoam
Spray Foam Insulation System™. The structure of the
spray foam is referred to as “open-cell” because air
is trapped in small cavities that expand 120 times its
initial volume, fi lling the building envelope with an
insulation R-value of 3.6 per inch. The spray-applied
foam forms an air seal that prevents air leaks and
greatly reduces noise transmission through walls.
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More than 40% of the energy consumed in a typical household goes to heating and cooling. IntegraFill insulation is a continuous air barrier system—when properly installed, the open-cell insulation prevents the conditioned air from escaping through building voids. Minimizing air leakage reduces HVAC equipment energy consumption, which powers utility bills.
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Radiant heat transfer between our bodies and surrounding indoor surfaces contribute to the physical comfort in a home. Heat can transfer by radiation into a wall and across the open-cell insulation. However, because the insulation is essentially joining walls at the same temperature, heat transfer by radiation is practically nonexistent.
This helps to maintain an indoor temperature that improves occupant comfort.
ADDED RESALE VALUE
Polyurethane insulation offers impressive benefi ts as an alternative to traditional insulation materials. For example, IntegraFill reduces air infi ltration, which lowers heating and cooling costs, and reduces the level of air-borne pollen, dust, and allergens from outside the home. In addition, IntegraFill decreases the amount of moist air that leaks through the house, minimizing the opportunity for mold and mildew growth on or inside walls and ceilings. These benefits can translate into a higher resale value of your home.
Consider these facts before you settle
for conventional insulation materials:
IntegraFill open-cell insulation is environmentally safe, fit for your budget, and can improve the overall performance of your home. Take an active role in the construction of your home by requesting IntegraFill open-cell spray foam to insulate your most valuable asset. Contact an IDI Representative today to learn how to request IntegraFill through your builder or for a list of recommended spray foam insulation contractors in your area.
FOR RESIDENTIAL BUILDERS
A DEMAND FOR BETTER PRODUCTS
Building envelopes with increased insulation levels are becoming standard practice. Homebuyers are increasingly involved in the selection of building products used to construct their homes. The rising cost of energy, and the discomfort associated with allergies, asthma, mold and noise pollution have created a demand for products that exceed traditional insulation performance.
IntegraFill insulation is a product of the IntegraFoam Spray Foam Insulation Systems™ and plays multiple roles to improve the performance of the building envelope. IntegraFill’s open-cell spray foam technology expands 120 times its initial volume, sealing all voids, gaps and crevices. Spray polyurethane open-cell insulation is the perfect fi t to fi ll cavities of any shape, providing a continuous, protective air barrier that practically eliminates air leakage.
A recent survey of 1,000 respondents showed that homebuyers are willing to make an additional investment to build a home that performs better. Spray foam insulation adds signifi cant value to each of the survey categories.
MEASURING R-VALUE (Resistance to Heat Flow)
Insulation R-value ratings can be misleading. Small voids in irregular framing and gaps within the wall cavity between fi berglass batt and framing of only 1 to 2% can lower the effective R-value by 25– 40%. Conventional R-value tests easure conduction, which is heat transfer between surfaces in direct contact. The cellular structure of IntegraFill is a poor conductor of heat, which gives rise to high R-values. Radiation is the transfer of heat from one object to another by means of invisible infrared waves. People in a room at 72°F air temperature may feel cold if the walls are at 50°F. Conversely, they may feel uncomfortably warm if the walls are at 85°F, even though the air temperature is the same in both cases. Once again, the cellular structure of spray foam signifi cantly reduces heat transfer by radiation effects. IntegraFill insulation maintains its R-value of 3.6 per inch because it does not shrink, sag or settle over time. When properly installed, it adheres to a variety of substrates and fi lls gaps and cracks that lead to air and heat transfer.
REDUCE ENERGY CONSUMPTION
THROUGH AIR CONTROL
Air moves in and out of a home through every hole, crack and seam. Approximately one third of air infiltrates through ceiling, walls and fl oor openings. The Department of Energy reports that heating and cooling (space conditioning) account for 40–60% of the energy used in the average American home. IntegraFill open-cell insulation helps to maintain a comfortable indoor climate while using less energy. The application eliminates unwanted air and heat
exchange and decreases the amount of moist air that leaks through the house, reducing the adverse effects of mold and mildew growth on or inside walls and ceilings.
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HOW TO GET STARTED
Stand out from conventional homebuilders by adding IntegraFill open-cell spray polyurethane foam insulation to your construction project. Contact your Regional Representative for a list of recommended spray foam insulation contractors, building specifi cations, or additional product information.
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