Modern Energy Efficiency
Foam plastic insulation products for residential and commercial buildings are modern materials that are made of a variety of plastics, including polyisocyanurate, polystyrene and polyurethane. They help architects, contractors and other construction professionals meet the stringent energy code standards of today and tomorrow for both new construction and renovation projects.
Foam plastic insulation products are available in rigid boards and as spray-applied products. They are durable, energy-efficient and versatile. They can insulate and effectively seal gaps and close off air leaks that help maintain indoor comfort and improve a building’s energy performance. When used in walls, roofs and below-grade, insulation products are an integral part of the assembly of materials that makes up the building envelope.
Why Does an Efficient Building Envelope Matter?
- Properly insulating and air-sealing a home can save homeowners up to 50 percent on heating and cooling costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- The U.S. DOE found that in commercial construction, new buildings can achieve a 50 percent energy savings when a variety of energy-efficient design elements, including continuous rigid foam plastic insulation products, are incorporated into the project rather than standard or typical construction materials and methods.
- Using continuous insulation can eliminate thermal heat loss, saving 20-70% of heat flow through building walls over and above an equivalent R-value of cavity insulation.
Why is a foam plastic insulation product an energy-efficient choice?
- It has high R-value per inch of thickness. R-value measures the ability of insulation to resist the flow of heat.
- It is easy to install. Foam plastic insulation products are available to insulate and air seal almost any part of a building, from the roof, to the walls, to the foundation.
- It can help create air barriers. Sealing a building with foam plastic insulation product helps reduce drafts and allows more control over indoor temperature, which can lower energy use.
- It can help create moisture barriers. Properly managing moisture transmission and accumulation of the building envelope is essential to the performance and durability of buildings.
- It is a critical tool. It’s used by designers to reduce thermal bridging, a significant source of energy loss.
- It is durable. When properly installed, foam plastic insulation products will perform for the life of the building.