When it comes to reducing our carbon footprint and making our homes more efficient, the phrase “The more insulation the better” is often used.  While all insulation materials reduce greenhouse gas emissions (by saving energy and reducing our use of fossil fuels), insulating with thick layers of spray foams often results in long “payback periods” for the global warming potential of the insulation, mainly due to the most commonly used blowing agents.  Now, don’t get the wrong idea.  The long-term benefits of spray foam greatly outweigh the possible environmental impact of the initial application of the material, but in the pursuit of energy efficiency and the reduction of green house gas emissions, companies are always trying to make the manufacturing process and installation as environmentallyLBA safe and efficient as the final product.  Honeywell has found a solution to this problem.  They have created a new blowing agent called Solstice that has a GWP (Global Warming Potential) that is 99.4% less than the most currently used blowing agents.  To give you an idea of ratings, the current blowing agents have a GWP of 725 and an atmospheric life of 10.8 years.  The new Solstice LBA has a GWP of 1 and an atmospheric life of only 26 days.  We are very excited to be installing spray foams with this new technology.  Now, not only will you lower your carbon footprint by having an air-tight and well insulated home, but you can rest assured that the initial application of the product will not harm the environment.  For more information on blowing agents, take a look at the websites listed below.  Do you want to know how spray foam can help your home or commercial building?  Contact us via email or call us at (978) 462-0082.

 

http://www.honeywell-blowingagents.com/products/solstice-liquid-blowing-agent/

http://www2.buildinggreen.com/article/avoiding-global-warming-impact-insulation-0