As climate change intensifies weather and delivers catastrophic hurricanes, storms, droughts and fires, there’s a growing need to design and build structures that are durable, energy efficient and resilient. Reducing energy consumption in buildings is key to lowering the greenhouse gas emissions driving climate change. Likewise, designing for resilience is imperative for withstanding the harsh impacts of a warming Earth. The good news for architects is that building materials have advanced, providing better solutions for tackling these current challenges.
One material that architects are utilizing more is spray polyurethane foam. Offering design flexibility, the material is a complete insulation and sealing system and is used in new construction and retrofits in both insulation and roofing applications. Professionally installed, spray foam optimizes the building envelope’s performance.
Spray foam keeps a building cooler in summer and warmer in winter. By conserving energy, it reduces harmful greenhouse gas emissions and provides meaningful energy savings. As insulation, closed cell spray foam is a FEMA Class 5 material and can withstand some of the worst impacts of severe weather, with the ability to be cleaned and dried after a flood event. Spray foam roofing provides a watertight seal to the roof, and can achieve Miami-Dade wind uplift certification, one of the most stringent wind tests.
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Committed to lowering Earth impacts, Huntsman Building Solutions (HBS) sources PET plastic water bottle waste and recycles and repurposes it in the manufacture of its spray foam. HBS also sets standards in life/safety and fire testing and provides building science and engineering support, ready access for software subscribers of MASTERSPEC and SPECLINK, and continuing education for architects. Contact BSE@huntsmanbuilds / (855) 942-7273 and visit huntsmanbuildingsolutions.com for technical and product information.