A survey by the American Chemistry Council that looked into how builders in the US use Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) showed that 60% of builders currently use SPF. Some 16% of the responders also said that they are interested in using SPF in the future.
The increase in the number of contractors that use SPF can be attributed to the increasing demand for energy-efficient materials in residential and commercial buildings.
Promoting Sustainable Energy Efficiency
Certain states in the country are at the forefront of achieving energy efficiency on a global scale. In 2016, for instance, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a climate change legislation that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40% less by 2030 than the levels recorded in 1990.
This integrated plan aims to address climate change by doubling energy efficiency in existing buildings. This is just part of the state’s continuing effort to achieve sustainable energy efficiency. In 2007, for instance, the California Public Utilities Commission announced its goal to make all new homes zero net energy (ZNE) by 2020.
Such goals to increase energy efficiency and reduce carbon footprint require quick implementation of innovative building product solutions such as SPF insulation. In homes, SPF works great in insulating against moisture, air, and gas, making it the ideal material for perimeter wall, attics, and crawl spaces. The same American Chemistry Council survey reveals, in fact, that over 50% of the builders said they exclusively use SPF in attics.
The industrial and transportation sectors, meanwhile, contribute to about 40 percent of the country’s total energy consumption. SPF insulation helps boost a building’s energy efficiency by sealing cracks and gaps in the roofs and walls to minimize energy loss. The result is a significant reduction in building greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption.
Proper Mixture Is Essential
Many SPF manufacturers market their products as “green” and “environmentally-friendly.” Labels of SPF products often state that the contents are “plant-based” or “made from soybeans,” while some say the products are “safe,” “nontoxic” and “no off-gassing.” But some users raised concerns about SPF products containing potentially harmful chemicals.
The truth is, in most cases, problems only occur when the installer fails to mix the chemicals properly. While most SPF products do not contain bleach, formaldehyde, or any volatile organic compounds (VOCs), an incorrect chemical mixture may result in odors or even health problems.
When SPF products are adequately mixed and installed correctly, it should not harm the inhabitants of a building. As long as a professional installs the spray foam insulation, SPF should work to improve the building’s indoor air quality it does not have any loose fibers that can travel around the area. It also helps prevent dust, allergens, and mold from developing.
When it comes to SPF insulation, it pays to choose a reputable contractor that uses industry best practices during installation. A&L Foam Insulation, Inc., is the authority in commercial SPF insulation installation in North Texas. Established more than 30 years ago, we have a solid track record for delivering top-quality and eco-friendly SPF roofing systems. We cater to commercial, manufacturing, and industrial applications.
Talk to us about installing SPF roofing on your building. Call us at 972-255-4015 or fill out our form today.