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8 Things Every Contractor Should Know About Foam Blowing Agents


By Dan Taylor As a spray foam contractor, you are faced with many important decisions each day. For example, you must decide what amount to bid for a project, find ways to reduce your equipment and labor costs, and determine how best to set your business apart from the competition.  Another important consideration is what blowing agent to use in ...

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Selection of Insulation Systems for Exterior Masonry (Mass) Walls


By Xuaco Pascal MASS WALLS IN COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION Wall designs using continuous insulation on the exterior have also been described as the “perfect wall.”2 This is becausethese wall systems are very efficient and can be used confidently in any climate zone. Not only does moving insulation to the exterior improve efficiency, it also facilitates flexibility in design, addresses thermal bridges ...

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The Total Solution


A Case Study on Spray Foam’s Many Uses in Commercial Buildings Provided By Huntsman Exterior Applications When applied to the exterior of commercial buildings, in either new or retrofit situations, SPF can greatly reduce energy use, air infiltration and water intrusion. The two primary areas where SPF is used on the exterior of buildings are walls and roofing applications. SPF ...

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The Value of R-Value: Discussing the Limitations of the Well-Known Insulation Metric

Most know R-value as a simple rating system for building insulation products, but what exactly is an R-Value? (see sidebar) This is a great question, and one that is not asked often enough in today’s environmentally conscious society. However, an even better question is whether R-value is still a valid unit of measurement for the performance of insulation products. If ...

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Closing In On Sustainability: Environmental Benefits of Closed-Cell Spray Polyurethane Foam: A Preferred Insulation for High-Performance and Green Building Design

Key attributes associated with high-performance and green building designs include energy efficiency, occupant comfort and material durability. A focus on green building standards and more stringent code requirements have led to adoption of best practices in construction materials and methods. Among those is the use of more efficient insulation systems, air barriers and seamless monolithic roofing systems. Use of closed-cell ...

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American Beauty: The 2014 New American Home Stakes Its Claim As The Greenest Yet

The concept of the American Home and homeownership is ingrained in American culture perhaps more than any other. But if you tried to describe the quintessential American Home, you might have some difficulties. Not only are American residences as varied as the geography of the country itself, but they can be as distinct from one another as one generation is ...

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The Right Stuff: NASA Spin-off Company Pursues a Distinctly Efficient Approach to the Design of Mechanical Systems


While building science is a concentration typically relegated to the Earth’s surface, for obvious reasons, a mechanical engineering company located near Dallas, Texas channels its history in space exploration to more efficiently design mechanical systems. “It’s not exactly rocket science that we do,” said Richard Rue, CEO of EnergyWise Structures.” But we do have a rocket scientist designing our systems.” ...

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Beyond Comfort: Ultra-Aire’s Nikki Krueger Discusses Whole House Dehumidifying Systems


Ultra-Aire’s Nikki Krueger discusses whole house dehumidifying systems with Spray Foam Insulation & Roofing Magazine Spray Foam Insulation & Roofing Magazine: How exactly do dehumidifiers work? Nikki Krueger: Whole house dehumidifiers not only provide dedicated moisture control but also provide controlled fresh air ventilation and high efficiency air filtration. The units integrate with the home’s heating and cooling system to provide ...

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Ending the Age of Excess: Calculate the Proper Size of HVAC Systems


In the March/April Issue of Spray Foam Insulation & Roofing Magazine, we discussed how recent changes in the 2009 & 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) affected the construction of building envelopes. In the process of doing so, we asserted the building code mantra “build tight, ventilate right.” While the previous article focused more on the former part of the ...

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Spray Foam Man on a Mission


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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