When people think of spray polyurethane foam (SPF), envelope insulation often comes to mind first, as awareness of the energy efficiency benefits of the material have surged in recent years and accelerated insulation applications in tandem. However, spray foam was first proven as a viable, high performance material for roofing retrofits and this is where the product initially built its reputation for durability and energy performance…….
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Foam-Lok 400 Spray Polyurethane Foam Insulation from Lapolla Industries provides ultra-high yield and enhanced energy efficiency in attics, cavity walls, and other crucial areas around the home. To maintain comfort and temperature (and reduce noise and moisture), the spray-applied material seals the structure for a continuous air barrier, which reduces heat transfer. Foam-Lok 400 adheres to framing members and substrates and can be used to fill stud wall construction, all in a single application. It meets building code requirements for use with no additional ignition barrier required.
Our project with Zinke Dairy has been published in Metal Architecture magazine: http://www.digital.metalarchitecture.com/Sep2017
FOAM-LOK 400 has been featured in the September issue of Commercial Architecture magazine: http://www.nxtbook.com/a
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.
Many dairies in the western United States provide carport like, outdoor shade structures for their animals. While somewhat beneficial, the resulting shade still leaves the animals largely outdoors and subjected to the negative effects of high heat. Chris and Craig Zinke, two dairy men in Arizona, wanted their new facility to provide a better solution to the challenges of their region.
They engaged Greg Beath of Lines to Design LLC, a full-time dairy architect based in Colorado, to design the 740,000-square-foot facility. “I designed a low profile, cross ventilated structure that pulls fresh air in on one side and exhausts stale air out of the other side,” says Beath. “High-pressure fogging systems immediately cool the fresh air coming in, keeping the cows comfortable.”
PRIME Metal Buildings provided the large-scale pre-engineered metal building, which encloses 17 acres within three interconnected structures. The Zinkes and Beath selected Lapolla Industries’ high-performance Foam-Lok 4G closed-cell spray polyurethane foam insulation for the structure and Tri-County Insulation dba Boss Insulation completed the insulation installation.
by Doug Kramer, CEO of Lapolla Industries
The residential building sector has made incredible progress in sustainable building practices. The eco-friendly concepts and technologies that ten years ago were novel, untested and prohibitively expensive, have been widely utilized, refined, and made more affordable. While sustainable technologies continue to advance and grow in use, the earth-friendly home has moved swiftly from a unique idea to commonly built, and that’s a good thing for all of us.
Some aspects of eco-friendly building have garnered significantly more attention than others. For example, renewable energy generation, such as the use of solar power in homes, is growing in implementation and is widely talked about.
This spotlight on energy generation is indisputably important. The installation of the technology on new residential developments is becoming more commonplace, empowering more and more homeowners in multiple ways. It allows them to harness the sun to power their homes, to utilize solar power saved during times when the power grid is disrupted, to unlock long-term energy savings and, of course, to benefit the earth by reducing fossil fuel use for electricity and the pollution that results from it.
Even so, there are other important aspects of home sustainability that remain unleveraged. For example, in our hyper focus on energy creation many of us have overlooked the importance of its counterpart – energy conservation. The hard truth is that no matter how far we come in clean energy generation, it won’t mean much for homeowners and the greater community in the long run without the capture of that energy. What many don’t realize is that the creation and saving of energy must go hand-in-hand to really make a noteworthy difference. This all starts with the homes we build now for the future.
Battery technology is one way to save solar energy for use later on – such as in the case of a power outage – and this technology has seen some significant recent improvements. We also need to think about the building envelope itself. This is where we can leverage high performance materials to effectively seal the structure, preventing the loss of conditioned air and conserve the energy we utilize.
It has been said that the cleanest and cheapest kilowatt hour is the kilowatt hour saved. In fact, the return on investment associated with energy conservation to the homeowner is monumental, with up to 50% in energy savings now achievable over the life of the home. The financial benefits of energy conservation clearly line up with the environmental benefits and make a significant cost savings case for it.
As builders, architects, manufacturers and homebuilding stewards, we can work to better educate buyers on the importance of energy conservation in the home. So many consumers are aware of the benefits of solar power systems, but do they also understand the equal need for proper insulation as a means for conserving the energy generated by the solar system? There is a huge disparity today in the average consumer’s knowledge and understanding of how these two technologies work together to make a real impact on the earth and drive long-term energy savings in a household.
We also need to encourage our policy makers to focus more on incentives for energy efficient homes. The United Kingdom provides a great example of leadership in this arena by offering significant government incentives to help consumers pay for quality insulation and reap energy savings in their homes. In contrast, the U.S. has predominantly supported incentives for the generation of solar and other power sources. Again, these are highly important, but they do not provide a complete energy solution.
And finally, no matter what our political climate, we as an industry must continue to push the needle forward in responsible, energy efficient building practices. We have the power to shape the future of homebuilding and the health of our planet. Conservation is a complementary solution to energy generation and one that deserves an equal spotlight, as well as an emphasis in the homes we build now and in the future.
Lapolla Industries, Inc. announced the launch of the new and improved Foam-LOK 500 spray polyurethane foam insulation. According to the company, the open-cell insulation is a high performance product designed to seal the building envelope and greatly enhance energy conservation and energy savings in the structure. Ideal for application in residential and commercial buildings of all types, Foam-LOK 500 is low density and provides high-yield benefits.
“Foam-LOK 500 is an insulation solution which provides homeowners and building owners up to 50 % energy cost savings over the life of the structure,” said Doug Kramer, president and CEO of Lapolla Industries.
Foam-LOK 500 is ideal for a variety of building envelope applications including use in walls, floors, ceilings (including vaulted and cathedral style) and attics, says the company. The material works by forming a completely sealed air barrier in wall cavities and can be utilised to fill 2” x 6” stud wall construction in a single application. Foam-LOK 500 adheres tenaciously to most building materials and framing members and provides exceptional performance in the reduction of heat transfer.
The improved insulation has passed the AC 377 End Use Configuration Criteria and meets the building code requirements for use with no additional ignition barrier required.
Additional benefits of Foam-LOK 500 spray polyurethane foam insulation are substantial and include noise attenuation and significant reduction in unmanaged moisture. Additionally, the product’s ability to superbly seal the envelope improves indoor air quality while reducing temperature fluctuations and the presence of hot and cold pockets inside, greatly enhancing the indoor comfort of inhabitants.
Foam-LOK 500 is a spray applied product with no mixing requirements. The insulation material is a water-blown technology with non-emissive catalysts in an added benefit to the environment.
“The benefits of Foam-LOK 500 to contractors, builders, homeowners and building owners are far reaching,” added Kramer. “This improved insulation not only provides indoor comfort, but is earth-friendly in so many ways. It’s a great addition to Lapolla’s family of products.”
Lapolla Industries, Inc. is a global supplier and manufacturer of spray polyurethane foam for insulation and roofing applications, reflective roof coatings and equipment. Based in Houston, TX, USA, the company’s building envelope and roofing product solutions are designed to reduce energy consumption in the built environment, across the residential, commercial and industrial sectors, in both new construction and retrofits.