When it comes to reducing our carbon footprint and making our homes more efficient, the phrase “The more insulation the better” is often used. All insulation materials reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They do this by saving energy and reducing our use of fossil fuels. But, insulating with thick layers of spray foam often results in long “payback periods” for the global warming potential of the insulation. This is mainly due to the most commonly used blowing agents. That is why our foam is even greener!
Long-Term Benefits Outweigh Environmental Impact
The long-term benefits of spray foam greatly outweigh the possible environmental impact of the initial application of the material. Companies are always trying to make the manufacturing process and installation as environmentally safe and efficient as the final product. They do this in the pursuit of energy efficiency and the reduction of green house gas emissions.
Honeywell 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 lifetime of 10.8 years. The new Solstice LBA has a GWP of 1 and an atmospheric lifetime of only 26 days.
The Green Cocoon is excited to use spray foams that have this new technology. You will lower your carbon footprint by having an air-tight and well-insulated home. And, you can be assured that the initial application of the product will not harm the environment.
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