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This page contains a brief summary of research done by The US Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratories, and others. These studies show why Enviro Foam is better than Conventional Fiber Insulations such as Fiberglass, Cellulose, and Rockwool.

Why Enviro Foam Is Better

Enviro Foam is spray applied as a liquid and expands as a foam. As such it fills every single nook, cranny, crevice, hole, crack, and gap making a perfect continuous air-tight seal every time, regardless of complex framing and penetrations.

Enviro Foam has a "Real World" R-Value that is un compromised by external forces like temperature and wind. Fiber Insulations such as Fiberglass, Cellulose, and Rockwool merely slow down convection which accounts for 80% of heat loss. As the temperature drops, convection currents speed up and Fiber Insulations loose their effectiveness at slowing them down. Enviro Foam on the other hand stops convection. Wind is not a factor either for Enviro Foam due to its continuous air-tight seal.

Enviro Foam is its own building code approved Thermal Insulation, Air Barrier, and Vapour Barrier. It's closed cell structure stops convection currents, which eliminates condensation, moisture, and mold.

Enviro Foam adds structural strength to a building. It's rigid structure increases shear and racking strength by 300%.

Enviro Foam improves indoor air quality and comfort. Since it creates a continuous air-tight seal, dust and other exterior pollutants cannot enter the building. Also it does not contain any fibers, loose particles, VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) or CFCs (Chloro Fluoro Carbons) that can contaminate indoor air quality.

Enviro Foam increases comfort by decreasing noise. A building sprayed with Enviro Foam is much quieter; it decreases the noise from both the exterior environment and interior mechanical systems.

Enviro Foam is environmentally friendly. Enviro Foam is made from annually renewable Soybean oil and recycled plastic bottles.  It also utilizes a Zero Ozone Depletion Substance (Zero ODS) blowing agent. A building that is insulated and sealed with Enviro Foam will also use 50% to 80% less energy, reducing fossil fuel usage and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. According to the 2003 NRC Survey of Household Energy Use, the average 2000 sq. ft. home can reduce it's GHG emissions by 4.1 tonnes, the equivalent of taking 676 SUVs off the road.

Why Fiber Insulations like Fiberglass, Cellulose, and Rockwool Are Not As Good

Enviro Foam has the highest R-Value.R-Value is a measurement of thermal resistance. A higher R-Value means a greater ability to resist heat flow. Enviro Foam has the highest R-Value (7 per inch) of any insulation product available today.

Labeled vs. Installed Performance of Fiberglass Batts. Fiberglass Batt manufacturers measure R-Value under laboratory conditions. Even when Fiberglass is installed perfectly there is a disparity between the measured R-Value and the labeled value. The smallest compression or gap between batts or around penetrations can drastically reduce the measured R-Value. The same is true for any type of Fiber Batt Insulation.

The colder it gets outside the less effective Fiber Insulations such as Fiberglass, Cellulose and Rockwool are at keeping you warm inside. Enviro Foam has a “real world” R-Value which is not affected by external forces like temperature.  Studies found that Fiberglass Insulation looses nearly half its R-Value with outside temperatures of -28°C. The same is true for all other Fiber Insulations such as Cellulose and Rockwool.

Laboratory Tested R-Values vs. Real World R-Values. Similar studies found the same effect with another external force: wind. Wind causes pressure differences across the exterior walls. Air Leakage compounds this effect as hot air leaks out the top of the building and cold air is sucked in at the bottom of the building. As a result of this pressure difference the polyethylene plastic vapour barrier is sucked into the wall cavity compressing Fiber Insulations such as Fiberglass, Cellulose and Rockwool. Depending on the strength of the wind R-Values can be cut by 40-80%.



 
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