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What is The Right Insulation?
Homebuyers are willing to pay more for energy-efficient options and upgrades.  Government programs and incentives been developed that reward homeowners who cut their impact on energy reserves and the environment. As a result, building practices must address increasing demand for more energy efficient and sustainable spaces. 
Icynene’s new renewable-based formulation – ICYNENE LD-R-50 - is a sustainable insulation that can help you save up to 50% on monthly utility bills and help you meet higher standards in green building while reducing overall impact on the environment.  ICYNENELD-R-50.
Extracted from the castor plant, castor oil is a natural ingredient that is safe enough for use in personal care products such as lip balm. Production of the castor plant has low energy dependence and requires no pesticides, fungicides or artificial irrigation. The castor oil used for ICYNENE LD-R-50™ has a make-up which is extremely consistent year over year, from site to site and has a higher yield by weight (~40%) than soya oil (~17%).
Make the Right Choice to Guard against Moisture Problems within the Building Envelope

In a mixed climate (cold winters / warm humid summers) where the potential for moisture condensation is of significant concern to many builders and building stakeholders, Icynene has developed a set of animations that help explain moisture transfer and its potential impact on different wall systems in a northern U.S. region (Climate Zones 6+, >7200 HDD 65 F). 

 The animation demonstrates that the potential for moisture ingress and build-up is actually higher in wall systems that employair-permeable insulation (like fiberglass or cellulose) and flash & batt systems; where Icynene open-cell foam insulation facilitates better moisture management and increases the overall performance / degree of durability of the building envelope. 

The animation uncovers the various dynamics affecting moisture within a wall system, including:

1. Air leakage which carries airborne moisture into the wall system
2. Seasonal vapor drive which carries moisture into the wall system by diffusion

Conditioned Space Used As A Room

 
An attic converted to a living space, kept conditioned so it’s warm in the winter and cool in the summer like the rest of the house.
Common Problems:
Insulation performance compromised by sagging and gaps, leading to energy loss Moisture ingress causing condensation and mold issues
Results of Insulating Attic Spaces with Icynene:
  • Insulation stays in place against sloping roofs and unusual shapes, keeping the R-value as specified and maintaining an air seal to save energy.
  • Bulk moisture is kept out by the air barrier, protecting against condensation and mold and improving indoor air quality.
  • Factors to Consider
    Using Icynene spray foam insulation air seals the attic. When it’s used as a living space, you’ll need to make sure that the space has mechanical ventilation to keep up the required number of air changes. Adding a heat recovery ventilator (HRV) / ventilation with heat exchange and a humidistat / timer can help you meet this goal. Speak with your HVAC engineer for more details.
     

    Unvented, Conditioned Attics in Hot/Humid Climates

    An attic containing HVAC units and ductwork subject to extreme heat conditions in the summer, so it converted to a conditioned space to avoid overheating and pushing hot air into the house – and to cut energy bills.
     
    Common Problems:
    • Energy loss associated with duct leakage escaping to outside environment (10% to 15% duct leakage can translate into equipment efficiency losses of 20% to 30% according to early reports from a research project conducted by Natural Florida Retrofit [NFR], Inc.)
    • HVAC inefficiency
    • Hot air pushed into the house when the cooling system is first turned on
    • Moisture ingress in the attic
 
Results of Insulating Attic Spaces with Icynene:
Duct leakage remains within the conditioned space, eliminating the loss of conditioned air.
HVAC equipment brought into the conditioned space so that it doesn’t have to work overtime to cool the home and remove excess humidity. This increased efficiency locks in energy savings.
With open-cell spray foam insulation, the source of a roof leak is easily detectable for repair and the material unaffected by the wetting/drying process, maintaining original performance once dried.
Sealing soffit vents with Icynene controls rain water and wind-driven moisture ingress for added durability.
The attic temperature stays within 5 to 10 F of the living environment below.

 

http://www.icynene.com/residential/applications/unvented-attic/overview
 
Selecting the right insulation is a task that is often overlooked.  However, your choice of insulation has a major impact not only on your pocketbook, but also on the long-term quality of the air you breathe and your overall health and comfort.  
 
Whether you're thinking of remodeling or purchasing a new home, Icynene soft spray foam insulation and air barrier will protect you from the harmful effects of air leakage, helping you increase energy efficiency, improve indoor air quality and cut incidence of moisture-related problems (like mold and mildew).  Its air-sealing properties also create a draft-free environment that offers long-term payback for energy savings of up to 50%.  Not to mention, you can enjoy a quieter home by reducing unwanted noises that come from flushing toilets or a television in the other room, for instance.
 
Reducing the amount of energy required to heat and cool your home means you’re also reducing greenhouse gas emissions for a healthier planet. You can further reduce your home’s carbon footprint when insulating withIcynene because its 100% water-blown formulation has no PBDEs, HFCs or any other synthetic blowing agent that can off gas into the home (and affect your and your family’s health). And For an even more eco-conscious option, Icynene’s renewable-based insulation, ICYNENE LD-R-50™.
 
Bring your Green Designs to Life with Icynene
Icynene helps architects make a lasting impression by delivering a superior air-seal for even the most intricate designs. Expect nothing less than advanced thermal performance, moisture management, and greatest indoor environmental quality. 
 
Icynene supports high-performance, sustainable designs in the following ways:
 
Indoor & Outdoor Environment – By minimizing airflow, Icynene locks out outdoor allergens, odors and pollutants for improved indoor air quality.
 
Icynene is HFC-free - Often used as a blowing agent in other foam insulation, HFCs considered high Global Warming Potential (GWP) gases that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and ozone depletion. 

Renewable Castor Oil Content
– New ICYNENE LD-R-50™ is a climate-friendly, light density spray foam insulation and air barrier that is responsibly made using castor oil and allows a building insulated and air-sealed for energy conservation while minimizing environmental impact.
 
Moisture Management - As a qualified air barrier, Icynene helps reduce movement of airborne moisture through the building envelope along with potential problems such as condensation and resulting mold growth. Reducing excess moisture also helps to extend the life of the building materials and the systems within it.
 
Energy Efficiency – By minimizing air leakage and conductive heat flow, Icynene can give up to 50% in monthly energy savings.
 
Materials Usage – Icynene insulates and air-seals in one step without the need for extra sealing material. An open-cell material, excess Icynene is easily compacted reducing construction waste.
 
Whole Building Design Strategy  Icynene adheres to and integrates well with other building components. In attic and crawl spaceapplications, it creates a conditioned area for ductwork and air handlers, allowing the HVAC equipment to runmore efficiently.
 
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