When most people think of spray foam insulation, they picture it being used in residential buildings. However, spray foam's uses extend far beyond the home. Commercial buildings also benefit from spray foam insulation.
Spray Foam Lowers Energy Costs
Planning construction of a commercial building requires the designers to carefully consider the building's energy use. In recent years, there has been a drive to make commercial buildings more energy efficient. Since spray foam creates an air barrier around the structure, virtually preventing the indoor air from escaping, it can reduce natural gas consumption by 40% and electric costs by 25%. This means substantial savings for companies who are heating and cooling large, commercial structures.
Types of Commercial Buildings that Can Benefit From Spray Foam
According to a report by the U.S. Department of Energy, there are several types of buildings that particularly benefit from using spray foam over standard insulation. These are:
- Healthcare facilities: These complex structures have a lot of unique design requirements. Hospital buildings contain many alcoves, and certain areas must be kept warmer than others. Spray foam insulation can help maintain temperatures with less energy use.
- Schools. Both universities and local grade schools often operate on tight budgets. The more money they save on energy use, the more money they have to put into student resources. Retrofitting old school buildings with spray foam can help schools stay within budget constraints.
- Office Buildings. If workers are comfortable, they'll be more productive. Many office buildings are drafty, so some workers end up chilly while others are overly warm. Spray foam insulation essentially alleviates this draftiness, keeping workers comfortable while also reducing energy bills.
If you're planning construction of a commercial building, contact NCFI Polyurethanes to learn more about why spray foam insulation is the best choice.