Spray Foam is the Only Flood-Resistant Insulation per FEMA List

Spray polyurethane foam is the ONLY insulation considered flood-resistant according to FEMA. FEMA recommends building and rebuilding with flood resistant materials in order to reduce risk to the building’s structure and make cleanup easier and less expensive.

What does “Flood Resistant” Mean?

According to this FEMA document called “Build with Flood Damage Resistant Materials”, Building materials are considered flood resistant if they can withstand direct contact with flood waters for at least 72 hours without being significantly damaged. “Significant damage” means any damage that requires more than low cost, cosmetic repair (such as painting).

Anyone who has had to have “the pink stuff” or other insulation pulled from their home after a flood knows the value of this.

FEMA’s List of Flood Resistant Materials

Here are two great reference documents supplied by FEMA as guidance for homeowners, contractors, and property owners.

“Flood Damage-Resistant Materials Requirements”: A thorough list of building materials including numbered ratings (1 is lowest, 5 is highest) identifying materials as either “Acceptable” or “Unacceptable”. Spray foam is the only insulation material that has a rating of 5 and is considered an acceptable flood resistant building material. See page 10 of the document for the insulation ratings.

“Build with Flood Damage Resistant Materials”: This is a short and easily digestible version of the flood resistant building materials list. It also includes helpful tips and advice from FEMA.

Have Questions? Call or Contact Us Online

Call us at 888-4-Lapolla (888-452-7655) or contact us online to ask about spray foam insulation for your home or business.

Attention SPF Contractors

Certification Opportunities At SprayFoam 2015
Albuquerque, NM – January 26-29, 2015

This is a great time to show what you know and improve your credentials. Business is slower in mid-winter. It is easier to set time aside for training and self-improvement, and without having to pull off a job or divert time away. All levels of training and testing are available at one location and one time.

Become qualified and prepared for more opportunities. More and more job specs are written to require that the applicator be certified. This will improve the quality of work, and improve the reputation of spray polyurethane foam as the premier insulation in the market.

You will be able to save time, and money. SPFA will have the field exam site all set up, so you just need to register and show up. You can go after both roofing and insulation certification, or focus on just one. Have more than one employee to get certified? Send your crew and while some are working on the Assistant or Installer level, others can go for Field Exams for the Master Installer level.

There’s also a discount for taking multiple field exams. That discount is available if 1 person takes both field exams, or if 2 or more people from the same company each take 1 exam. So instead of the fee of $950 for 1 exam, multiple exams cost only $700 each.

If you are in driving distance, jump in the truck and send the team. Let them be part of the strength of our industry.

Bear in mind that you can also take the Field Exam now, even if you have not yet taken the written exams. Field exams are only offered on Monday and Tuesday, January 26-27, 2015 though, and space is limited. Sign up now, at http://www.sprayfoam.org/certification or email or call admin@spfapcp.org or 1-866-222-5000.

We hope to see you in Albuquerque at Sprayfoam 2015!

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What is GWP (Global Warming Potential)?

Global-warming potential (GWP) is the amount of heat a greenhouse gases maintains in the Earth’s atmosphere. All greenhouse gases have GWP, which then explains the impact greenhouse gases have on global warming. Each gas’ heat-absorbing ability (GWP rate) is usually compared to that of carbon dioxide (CO2).

For example, methane is a major contributor to the greenhouse effect. Methane’s GWP is 21. So methane is about 21 times more heat-absorptive than carbon dioxide and can remain in the atmosphere for 12 years. Nitrous Oxide (N2O) has a GWP of approximately 310. This means one pound of Nitrous Oxide can warm the atmosphere over 300 times more than a pound of Carbon Dioxide. In 2012, Nitrous Oxide accounted for about 6% of all US greenhouse gas emissions from human activities (source: epa.gov).

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Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

There are four main greenhouse gases: Methane, Nitrous Oxide, Flourinated Gases and Carbon Dioxide. How do these gases get into the atmosphere? Here’s an visual of the greenhouse gas emissioins just for the United States (epa.gov)

Each type of greenhouse gas has a GWP. The higher the GWP, the higher the impact it has on global warming.

What does GWP have to do with your Carbon Footprint? If you take the total emissions of a given human act, such as driving a car or running your air conditioning, you can estimate a number of total greenhouse gas emissions that occurred over a time period. This total number is your carbon footprint.

Living Green: Post-Consumer Recycled Spray Foam Insualtion

Lapolla Energy Savings for LifeDid you know a single 55-gallon drum of Lapolla’s closed-cell spray foam insulation uses over 2,500 post consumer-recycled plastic bottles? Before we go any further, let’s first describe what post consumer recycled content is.

Post-consumer content is made from content already used by a consumer and diverted from landfills. Pre-consumer recycled content are items never touched by a consumer. Which is better? Post-consumer recycling is the more popular industry practice for creating products for consumers. Buying habits of consumers tend to also lean t0ward post-recycled content because these products are less likely to end up on a landfill after use.

An average US home sprayed with Lapolla’s closed-cell spray foam insulation will prevent over 10,000 plastic bottles from going into your local landfill. Imagine your positive impact on the environment just by choosing Lapolla spray foam insulation for your home.

 

Cool Roof Installation--Before & After

What Is A Cool Roof?

Cool Roof Installation--Before and AfterWhat is a cool roof?
A cool roof is a reflective surface usually installed on commercial buildings. One of the main benefits of a cool roof system is that it offers an immediate and long-term reduction of air conditioning and heating usage to maintain a comfortable atmosphere through out the year.

Why are cool roofs white?
When the sun shines on a white roof, much of the untraviolet rays are reflected back through the atmosphere into space. When the sun shnes on a dark surface, about 15% of the sunlight is reflected. Most of the sunlight is absorbed and converted to heat, which then heats the atmosphere.

According to the US Department of Energy, “President Obama and Secretary Chu have made clear that the federal government should play a leading role in moving the nation toward a more sustainable future. Under President Obama’s Executive Order on Sustainability, the federal government has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 28 percent by 2020. As part of that effort, Secretary Chu has directed all DOE offices to install cool roofs, whenever cost effective over the lifetime of the roof, when constructing new roofs or replacing old ones at DOE facilities. With cool roofs, these federal buildings will consume less energy, offset additional carbon emissions, and save taxpayers money.” Read more at Energy.gov

View Chu’s presentation on the benefits of cool roofs below.

Which Areas of My Home Can I Insulate?

Adding insulation to the attic, walls facing the exterior of the home, under the floors, exterior and interior walls, the basement, and the crawl space(s) are the best sections of your home to notice a substantial improvement on lowering energy consumption.

The Attic
Installing Lapolla’s spray foam insulation on the bottom of the roof deck in your attic is beneficial in many ways. Since hot air rises, without spray foam, the summer temperatures will make it uncomfortably hot and winters frigid. Adding open-cell or closed cell spray foam insulation will protect your attic from air escaping and keep it comfortable throughout the year.

Exterior Walls vs. Interior Walls
Interior Walls are great to use open-cell spray foam since it acts as both an air sealant and a sound barrier. Closed-Cell spray foam insulation is a denser in structure and is a great air and water barrier. Closed-Cell spray foam insulation is often used in both roofing and wall insulation improvements.

The Basement & Crawl Spaces
Insufficient home insulation can cause drafts. If the basement and crawl spaces lack insulation, homeowners will notice this draft through a number of ways including cold floors, and noticeable moisture and/or mold buildup.

Request a free spray foam insulation quote for your new home or to make improvements or call 888-4-LAPOLLA

 

First To The Future Episode 12 – Housewrap


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THE NEXTGEN “FIRST TO THE FUTURE HOME” SERIES

Host: Ty Pennington

Episode 12 – Housewrap
Aired August 7, 2014
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For more details visit NextGenHomeTV.com

first to the future nghtv florida storm prevention housewrapIn episode 12 titled “Housewrap,” Ty Pennington’s new First to the Future talks about the importance of a house wrap. The purpose of a house wrap is to prevent moisture from seeping into your home. A housewrap enhances the air barrier and is installed over the sheeting, yet under the siding. It’s also important to utilize window flashing, which helps prevent wind-driven rain from entering small cracks around the casing of a window and the trim of a home.

Ty Pennington & Lapolla Employees Hangin Out

Check out how Lapolla employees kicked back on a visit from Ty Pennington to our Houston, TX, office. What better way to end a week of video production than a meet & greet morning packed with food and fun. Can you spot someone you know?

Don’t miss our behind-the-scenes footage at Silver Rock Studios and The Woodlands, plus across all Lapolla’s social media channels!

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Behind-The-Scenes With Lapolla & Ty Pennington

lapolla ty pennington spray foam insulation movieRecently, Lapolla's new spokesperson Ty Pennington visited Houston, TX, for a 2-day studio shoot with Lapolla Industries. New footage was recorded for our #LiveGreenEveryDay campaign, which started on Earth Day 2014 educating our audience on the green characteristics of insulating with Lapolla's spray foam insulation, in addition to several other new campaigns.

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We hosted Ty at the Emmy award winning Silver Rock studios in The Woodlands, TX, with video production by Skyline Movement. It was an absolute pleasure to record in an inspirational structure with such a talented group of professionals.

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Be sure to visit our social media channels (Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr) for more behind-the-scenes footage.

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Always stay connected to Lapolla for more information on our upcoming campaigns with Ty Pennington, the latest updates on Solstice LBA, FOAM-LOK, the AirTight Multifamily Energy Reduction Program, spray foam insulation and roofing education, and more.

Photo credits: Lapolla Industries, Silver Rock Studios, Epic Software Group

First To The Future with Ty Pennington – Episode 11


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THE NEXTGEN “FIRST TO THE FUTURE HOME” SERIES

Host: Ty Pennington

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Episode 11 – Storm Resistant Windows
Aired July 14, 2014
Lapolla is a Product Partner of NGHTV view more
For more details visit NextGenHomeTV.com

Ty Pennington’s new First To The Future Home being built on the Florida coast needs much more than gorgeous windows. To withstand the high winds and storms, it’s being built with impact resistant windows.

Each window uses a combination of laminated and tempered glass that strengthens it against extreme hurricane conditions. With a DP of 50, they can withstand category 4 hurricanes and flying debri up to 140 mph.