FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What exactly is Icynene®?
Icynene®, the leading soft foam insulation and air barrier system, is becoming the industry standard for providing maximum building envelope performance. Icynene's pour and spray formulations represent a breakthrough in the science of moisture and thermal management.
Icynene® is the leading 100% water-blown foam insulation that minimizes air leakage for increased energy efficiency, creates a healthier indoor environment, reduces airborne sounds and offers greater design freedom. Icynene® maintains its performance with no loss of R-value over time. It does not shrink, sag or settle. Icynene® adheres to most construction materials and is the perfect insulation for walls, attics, ceilings and floors.
What sets Icynene® apart from the competition?
There are several major advantages to Icynene®, as it is healthier, quieter, more energy efficient, and has many green properties.
What are the health benefits?
Over the years, a number of studies have confirmed that indoor air can contain a number of harmful chemicals and biological agents such as mold, allergens and volatile organic compounds. There is also growing evidence that poor indoor air quality affects the health and performance of the people who work, live and study in poorly designed and constructed buildings. These studies confirm that air pollution concentrations indoors can be 2 to 5 times higher than the air we breathe outside (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency).
Icynene® is 100% water-blown and contains no HCFCs, HFAs, HFCs or formaldehyde. Icynene® is a high-performance insulation and air barrier system that works to minimize the intrusion of outdoor pollen, allergens and pollution from entering the home. By reducing air leakage, Icynene® assists in controlling moisture transfer through the building envelope. This helps to minimize condensation and the potential for mold growth within the walls and ceilings. Icynene® has been tested by Texas Tech University and was found not to be a food source for mold.
How is Icynene® quieter?
This unique, soft foam insulation is a proven tool to effectively air-seal and help reduce unwanted noises. Icynene® expands to 100 times its initial volume to seal gaps and holes through which airborne sound penetrates the building. It reduces airborne sound that originates from the external environment (airplanes, wind and traffic) as well as those that occur in the next room (home theaters and playrooms). Soft, flexible Icynene® not only combats airborne sounds, but it also works to eliminate pipe vibrations caused by showers and toilet flushing. When Icynene® is sprayed around pipes, vibration and sound transfer are significantly reduced. Whether it is a home or a hotel, Icynene® is designed to provide its occupants with a quiet comfort that has a positive impact on quality of life, productivity and peace-of-mind.
How is Icynene® more energy efficient?
Total energy consumption is projected to increase 1.5 percent annually until 2020 (www.eia.doe.gov). Energy conservation is becoming more essential and many trades, design professionals, homeowners and building owners are beginning to adopt a new attitude towards the types of building products being selected to increase energy efficiency.
Icynene® can potentially reduce air infiltration by more than 90% with just the application alone. There is no need for excess sealing material to acquire the airtight thermal envelope necessary for increased energy efficiency. In one step, it creates a complete insulation and air barrier system to seal all gaps and crevices that compromise airtightness. Its effective air infiltration control allows for HVAC equipment rightsizing for optimal energy efficiency, thereby delivering energy cost savings of up to 50% versus traditional insulation options. Homeowners and home improvers in the U.S. can qualify for an energy efficient mortgage. Visit the FCIC's website for more information. And for those commercial and institutional buildings that are constructed or upgraded to meet energy performance standards, this translates to as much as a 30% rate of return for a very low risk investment. From schools and healthcare facilities to hospitality and retail businesses, energy reduction efforts can reap enormous financial and branding benefits. Visit the Energy Star® website to find out more.
What green properties does Icynene® have?
Icynene® is recognized across North America for contributing to improved indoor air quality. Its “green” properties have drawn much attention with many healthy building initiatives such as the American Lung Association's Health House® projects. This national education program was created by the American Lung Association of Minnesota to raise the standards for healthier indoor environments. As a member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), Icynene® reinforces its commitment to learning about sustainable building practices so that we are better able to provide a premium insulation that is uniquely suited to meeting your needs. The USGBC indicates that materials selected in buildings have a tremendous impact on the environment and that there are numerous ways to lessen that impact.
Icynene® is a complete insulation and air barrier system which eliminates the need for excess sealing material
Icynene® expands to 100 times its volume. It is 99% air and 1% material. This dramatically reduces the waste volume in comparison to other materials
Icynene® is a 100% water-blown environmentally-friendly product