What is The Right Insulation?
willing to pay more for
energy-efficient options and
upgrades. Government programs
and incentives been developed
that reward homeowners who cut
their impact on energy reserves
and the environment. As a
result, building practices must
address increasing demand for
renewable-based formulation – ICYNENE LD-R-50™ -
is a sustainable insulation that
can help you save up to 50% on
monthly utility bills and help
you meet higher
standards in green building
while reducing overall impact on
the environment. ICYNENELD-R-50.
the castor plant, castor oil is
a natural ingredient that is
safe enough for use in personal
care products such as lip balm.
Production of the castor plant
has low energy dependence and
requires no pesticides,
fungicides or artificial irrigation.
The castor oil used for ICYNENE LD-R-50™
has a make-up which is extremely
consistent year over year, from site to site and
has a higher yield by weight
(~40%) than soya oil (~17%).
Right Choice to Guard against
Moisture Problems within the
In a mixed climate (cold winters
/ warm humid summers) where the
potential for moisture
condensation is of significant
concern to many builders and
building stakeholders, Icynene
has developed a set of
animations that help explain
moisture transfer and its
potential impact on different
wall systems in a northern U.S.
region (Climate Zones 6+, >7200
HDD 65° F).
animation demonstrates that the
potential for moisture ingress
and build-up is actually higher
in wall systems that employair-permeable
insulation (like fiberglass or
cellulose) and flash & batt
systems; where Icynene® open-cell
foam insulation facilitates
better moisture management and
increases the overall
performance / degree of
durability of the building
The animation uncovers the
various dynamics affecting
moisture within a wall system,
1. Air leakage which carries
airborne moisture into the wall
2. Seasonal vapor drive which
carries moisture into the wall
system by diffusion
Conditioned Space Used As A Room
An attic converted to a living space, kept conditioned so it’s warm in the winter and cool in the summer like the rest of the house.
Insulation performance compromised by sagging and gaps, leading to energy loss Moisture ingress causing condensation and mold issues
Results of Insulating Attic Spaces with Icynene:
Insulation stays in place against sloping roofs and unusual shapes, keeping the R-value as specified and maintaining an air seal to save energy.
Bulk moisture is kept out by the air barrier, protecting against condensation and mold and improving indoor air quality.
Factors to Consider
Using Icynene spray foam insulation air seals the attic. When it’s used as a living space, you’ll need to make sure that the space has mechanical ventilation to keep up the required number of air changes. Adding a heat recovery ventilator (HRV) / ventilation with heat exchange and a humidistat / timer can help you meet this goal. Speak with your HVAC engineer for more details.
Unvented, Conditioned Attics in Hot/Humid Climates
An attic containing HVAC units and ductwork subject
to extreme heat conditions in the summer, so it converted
to a conditioned space to avoid overheating and pushing hot air into the house –
and to cut energy
Energy loss associated with duct leakage escaping to outside environment (10% to 15% duct leakage can translate into equipment efficiency losses of 20% to 30% according to early reports from a research project conducted by Natural Florida Retrofit [NFR], Inc.)
Hot air pushed into the house when the cooling system is first turned on
Moisture ingress in the attic
Duct leakage remains within the conditioned space, eliminating the loss of conditioned air.
HVAC equipment brought into the conditioned space so that it doesn’t have to work overtime to cool the home and remove excess humidity. This increased efficiency locks in energy savings.
With open-cell spray foam insulation, the source of a roof leak is easily detectable for repair and the material unaffected by the wetting/drying process, maintaining original performance once dried.
Sealing soffit vents with Icynene controls rain water and wind-driven moisture ingress for added durability.
The attic temperature stays within 5° to 10° F of the living environment below.
Results of Insulating Attic Spaces with Icynene:
Selecting the right insulation
is a task that is often
overlooked. However, your
choice of insulation has a major
impact not only on your
pocketbook, but also on the
long-term quality of the air you
breathe and your overall health
Whether you're thinking of remodeling or purchasing a new home, Icynene® soft
spray foam insulation and air barrier will protect you from the harmful effects
of air leakage, helping you increase energy efficiency, improve indoor air
quality and cut incidence
of moisture-related problems (like mold and mildew). Its air-sealing properties
also create a draft-free environment that offers long-term payback for energy
savings of up to 50%. Not to mention, you can enjoy a quieter home by reducing
unwanted noises that come from flushing toilets or a television in the other
room, for instance.
Reducing the amount of energy required to heat and cool your home means you’re
also reducing greenhouse gas emissions for a healthier planet. You can further
reduce your home’s carbon footprint when insulating withIcynene® because
its 100% water-blown formulation has no PBDEs, HFCs or
any other synthetic blowing agent that can off gas into the home (and affect
your and your family’s health). And For an even more eco-conscious option,
Icynene’s renewable-based insulation, ICYNENE LD-R-50™.
Bring your Green Designs to Life
architects make a lasting
impression by delivering a
superior air-seal for even the
most intricate designs. Expect
nothing less than advanced
thermal performance, moisture
management, and greatest indoor
designs in the following ways:
Indoor & Outdoor Environment
– By minimizing airflow, Icynene®
locks out outdoor allergens,
odors and pollutants for
improved indoor air quality.
Icynene® is HFC-free
used as a blowing agent in other
foam insulation, HFCs considered
high Global Warming Potential (GWP)
gases that contribute to
greenhouse gas emissions and
Renewable Castor Oil
– New ICYNENE LD-R-50™ is
a climate-friendly, light
density spray foam insulation
and air barrier that is
responsibly made using castor
oil and allows a building insulated
and air-sealed for energy
conservation while minimizing
- As a qualified air barrier, Icynene® helps
reduce movement of airborne
moisture through the building
envelope along with potential
problems such as condensation
and resulting mold growth.
Reducing excess moisture also
helps to extend the life of the
building materials and the
systems within it.
– By minimizing air leakage and
conductive heat flow, Icynene® can give up
to 50% in monthly energy
– Icynene® insulates
and air-seals in one step
without the need for extra
sealing material. An open-cell
material, excess Icynene®
is easily compacted reducing
Whole Building Design Strategy
– Icynene® adheres
to and integrates well with
other building components. In
attic and crawl
spaceapplications, it creates a
conditioned area for ductwork
and air handlers, allowing the
HVAC equipment to runmore