Top 4 benefits of closed cell spray foam as continuous insulation for commercial buildings

January 5, 2017 anthony

Use closed cell spray foam insulation in commercial buildings

The use of closed cell spray foam insulation such as Icynene ProSeal and Icynene ProSeal Eco as continuous insulation for commercial buildings offers the architect and the builder a great array of benefits which eventually have a positive impact on the building occupant. Here are the four top benefits of using closed cell spray foam insulation as continuous insulation for commercial buildings.

1.All in one product

Closed cell spray foam insulation performs as an all-in-one product – insulation, air barrier, vapor retarder and, many are classified as a water resistive barrier (WRB). This combination means that there is an opportunity to reduce additional costs (and therefore, also labor costs) as well as time during the construction phase.  Closed cell, medium density spray foam insulation can insulate to an R-value up to 7.1 per inch, can reduce air leakage, minimize water and moisture transfer and also, optimize energy efficiency.

2.Smooth and even application

Closed cell spray foam insulation can deliver a tight air seal around conventional brick tie penetrations. The conventionally used XPS rigid foam board requires mechanical fastening which adds labor to the project. Plus, mechanical fastening can compromise the continuity and integrity of the insulation. Closed cell spray foam insulation, like Icynene ProSeal, on the other hand is sprayed to adhere to the wall, completely sealing around all connectors and attachments. Greater flexibility in attachment placement is also possible.

3.Less is more

By eliminating the requirement of additional materials as well as the labor associated with it, there is an opportunity for architects and builders to use a high performance material that outperforms alternatives such as XPS rigid foam board, more cost effectively. Spray foam insulation to be installed with fewer steps and at a lesser cost than assemblies using rigid foam insulation.

4.Easily applied to curves and unique angles

As a liquid that is sprayed onto the exterior surface, closed cell spray foam in a continuous insulation application allows architects to maintain their unique design elements without compromise.  The curves of a building that uses XPS rigid foam board would likely lead to a very labor intensive process since the foam boards need to be cut to shape and then taped at each joint. An installation of closed cell spray foam insulation would be quick, smooth and far less labor intensive as it insulates and air seals in one step while also providing a water resistant barrier.

Beyond these four top benefits of using closed cell spray foam insulation in continuous insulation applications, there are additional advantages including:

  • Closed cell spray foam is suitable for both cavity fill and continuous exterior applications

  • Products like Icynene ProSeal and Icynene ProSeal Eco have been tested in NFPA 285 approved wall assemblies for more design flexibility

  • The two aforementioned products have also been fire tested for commercial building types I, II, III, IV and V construction

  • They offer a wide range of cost effective ASTM E119 tests of rated assemblies for flexibility

  • One hour, two hour as well as three hour fire ratings appropriate for a greater range of structure types, and

  • One formulation with superior adhesion to common building substrates under a wide range of environmental conditions. For instance, Icynene ProSeal Eco can be sprayed in temperatures as low as 5 degrees Fahrenheit.

Consider how closed cell spray foam insulation can be used in your next design featuring a continuous insulation in commercial building application. Icynene’s team of building science experts can work with you to ensure that you meet your design goals without compromise.

 

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