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2012 IECC Codes Build on 2009 Improvements

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The comfort, efficiency and health benefits of a tightly sealed home have been well documented in recent years, garnering attention from organizations like the American Lung Association and Energy Star. Traditionally, homes have been built to “breathe,” a concept emphasizing the exchange of air between a home and the outside environment. Now, construction methods are aimed at reducing this occurrence ...

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Spray Foam Man on a Mission

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Imagine a hurricane-proof house – a building raised over 6 feet above the Base Flood Elevation (BFE) that is built with such structural fortitude that it withstands Category 5 winds whirling at over 150 miles-per-hour. This was the house that Eric Price, Spray Foam Inspector, had envisioned prior to the hurricane that devastated New Orleans in 2005: Katrina. When she ...

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Ignition Barriers and Thermal Barriers in Attics: International Residential Code (IRC) Requirements

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The 2009 International Residential Code establishes prescriptive and alternative performance requirements for spray polyurethane foam (SPF) plastic insulation when installed in residential attic applications to ensure adequate performance of foam in a fire. Meeting Code Requirements: There are two ways to meet the requirements for an ignition barrier or thermal barriers. The first way is the prescriptive requirements listed in the ...

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Unvented Attics for Existing Buildings

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As residential construction has slowed over the past few years, many insulation contractors have turned to weatherization projects that add insulation and air sealing to existing homes. For SPF contractors, one of the easiest and most accessible areas to insulate and air seal is the band joist and to create unvented attics and crawlspaces. Unvented attics can be easily created ...

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The Battle Against Severe Weather Disasters: Closed-Cell Spray Polyurethane Foam in Hurricane Zones

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