Is Spray Foam Insulation Environmentally Friendly?

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Spray foam insulation is an increasingly environmentally friendly option among insulation types. Whether a spray foam insulation product is environmentally friendly depends on a number of factors including the type and amount of VOCs and chemicals in the formula, and how much of those chemicals get into the atmosphere or environment during application.

Homeowners are becoming more eco-conscious and they are looking for ways to make a lower environmental impact without compromising efficiency during home projects or renovations. One area they are able to do so is with their home insulation options.

There are different types of insulation that homeowners choose for their home. Options include extruded polystyrene (XPS), fiberglass, blowing wool, cellulose, rockwool, and spray foam. Each type of insulation provides unique benefits, and homeowners choose their insulation type based on their needs. However, for those that want to make an eco-conscious decision along with getting superior insulating performance with their home’s insulation, spray foam is a readily available and popular option.

How Is Spray Foam Insulation Environmentally Friendly?

Energy Efficiency

A key differentiator that makes  spray foam insulation more environmentally friendly than other types of insulation is that it is incredibly energy efficient. Although spray foam is a rigid material when cured, as a liquid during application it can easily fill hard-to-reach spaces and cracks that other types of insulation have trouble sealing. Both closed- and open-cell spray foam insulation create a tighter building envelope, keeping warm air in and cold air out during the cold seasons, and vice versa during warm seasons. When less energy is used to heat or cool your home, you are making a positive difference on the environment (not to mention saving on energy bills).

Builders can help you decide which insulation type is best for your home and your climate. Often a combination of insulation types is the recommended solution.

Improved Indoor Air Quality

Not all insulations are created equally. Some insulation products are high in VOCs, volatile organic compounds, that can be harmful to our health and the environment. These chemicals get released into the air as the insulation is sprayed and over time as the foam ages. Not only does the amount of VOCs in the formulation matter when it comes to the impact of VOC emissions, but also the preparation and ventilation of a space.

Natural Polymers is proud to offer our Ultra-Pure™ spray foam insulation. Ultra-Pure™ is extremely low in VOCs and is applied by authorized system installers, thoroughly trained on VOC mitigation protocols. VOC readings are taken before, during and after spray to certify the product is not increasing VOCs from baseline levels before spray foam was installed.

Manufactured from Raw Materials

Not all spray foam insulation is manufactured to be eco-friendly, but options like our Ultra-Pure™ spray foam is. How is Ultra-Pure different from other spray foams? When spray foam is manufactured from raw materials that are already low VOC, it creates a spray foam that is lower in VOCs. Further, proprietary additives and manufacturing steps build on this advantage delivering one of the lowest VOC products on the market. This creates a safer environment for both your home and the planet without giving up any of the insulating benefits.

Choose Natural Polymers for Environmentally Friendly Spray Foam Insulation

Our Natural Polymers Ultra-Pure™ Low VOC spray foam insulation is extremely energy-efficient, one of the reasons it’s an eco-friendly product. Both the chemistry and application of this product are unique and key to delivering the ultra-low VOC product that consumers are looking for.

We offer one of the lowest emission insulation products on the market, for green buildings and greener homes. If you’re looking for a sustainable insulation option, contact us today to learn more about Ultra-Pure™ low VOC spray foam and what it can do for your home, and the planet. 

Ultra-Pure™ can only be sprayed by certified system installers (CSI). Contact Natural Polymers or IDI to find a certified system installer.