Last year, California passed the first net-zero building code in the nation. Other states and cities including New York City and Washington, D.C. followed suit, making net-zero building commitments in both new construction and existing buildings.
“Net-zero energy” and “net zero” mean that a building generates the same amount of clean energy on-site as it consumes. Building developers and architects plan to achieve net zero through serious investments in energy efficiency, along with a source of clean and renewable energy on-site.
While net-zero building codes are new, organizations have been pushing to raise the bar on energy efficiency for years. In fact, with help from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) 4.0 and various new building certification standards, more than 4,000 net-zero-energy structures were completed in 2016.
Experts agree that the most rewarding way to achieve improved energy efficiency is through spray polyurethane foam (SPF) building envelope insulation. With thousands of net-zero projects across all asset classes in the development pipeline, stakeholders have also been busy developing, improving, and exploring products such as Low Global Warming Potential (LGWP) SPF insulation products to help meet these new energy-efficiency standards.
SPF: Driving Energy Efficiency in Buildings
Industry leaders agree that the installation of spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation is a logical choice for designers looking to achieve higher levels of energy performance.
The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that a building can lose up to 40% of heating and cooling energy due to air infiltration. Integrating building envelope measures can help organizations reduce not just their energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, but also their utility bills. Holes, gaps, and air leaks in the building envelope can skyrocket energy bills and put valuable resources to waste. SPF solves air infiltration concerns by providing an effective barrier that closes the gaps and nooks from which air escapes while performing as an excellent insulation.
Moreover, protecting a structure from outdoor environments can help improve its durability. Certain SPF insulation types reportedly helped improve the strength of walls and roof as they provide protection against moisture intrusion and consequently, mold growth.
The Sustainable Choice
SPF is also the most viable option where sustainability comes into play. This material combines various functionalities that address sustainability measures in a single product, including air sealing, thermal performance, moisture control, structural enhancement, and even storm control. As manufacturers transition to new foaming agents with LGWP, SPF insulation products of the future will likely leave significantly reduced carbon footprint.
Looking to transition into a more sustainable and energy-efficient insulation system for your commercial building? Turn to A & L Foam Insulation & Roofing. With more than three decades of industry experience, we have become the authority in Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF). We have the manpower, equipment, and materials to handle SPF installation projects of any scale and across various applications.
If you want to know if SPF is the most viable option for your business, talk to one of our consultants. Call us at 972.255.4015 or fill out our form today.