Foam insulation in net zero energy houses

Recently built zero-energy houses bets on foam insulation to reduce energy consumption. Foam instulation is an excellent opportunity for property owners to save money on their heating and cooling costs regardless of the climate.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that a Florida architectural firm recently constructed a zero-energy residence that showcases the value of going green, in Palm Harbor, Florida. Icynene spray foam insulation is one of the eco-friendly solution the architects decided to use throughout the house, as this solution is safe in all environments.

One of the most important advantages of spray foam insulation is, that it performs well in tight spaces where traditional insulation, such as cellulose and fiberglass, cannot easily be installed. Certified insulation experts can apply the solution in crawl spaces that are commonly found in attics and basements. Foam insulation is also eco-friendly and is safe in all environments.

Layers of foam insulation provide the easiest and most cost effective way to approach net-zero-energy performance. On the other hand, if we’re going to use foam insulation, we want that to be safe for the environment and occupants.

Nobody wants foam insulation to catch fire, so flame retardant (FR) chemicals are added to these insulation materials to prevent them from catching fire. The problem is these FR chemicals have significant environmental and health risks, so foam insulation has to be separated from living space by thermal barriers, such as gypsum drywall.