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Save More Oil in the Long Run

Posted by Emillie Lee

Aug 3, 2016 11:00:00 AM



Spray foam has become the go-to insulation choice for many people who are interested in building energy-efficient homes. It creates a tight seal around the home, leading to less air leakage and lower energy costs, and it protects against moisture, too.

Unfortunately, some sustainable builders have their doubts about spray foam insulation. They worry that the petroleum products used to make it negate its energy-saving costs. This is just not true. While it does take some oil to make polyurethane foam, you are still saving much more oil in the long run when you insulate your home with spray foam rather than a less energy-efficient alternative.

How much oil does spray foam insulation save?

InsulStar High Performance insulation saves an enormous amount of heating energy. In a recent spray foam project that took place in an older historical building, NCFI estimated that the building's owners were saving between five and six barrels of oil per year just by replacing traditional insulation with spray foam. That's a lot of oil. That's about the amount of oil that it took to make the spray foam used to insulate the building. To put it simply, this means that the building's owners were breaking even in terms of oil use after just one year. Of course, spray foam lasts for decades, so the energy and oil savings really add up over time, far outweighing the initial input of 5 or 6 barrels of oil to make the spray foam.

Energy Certifications

Because spray foam insulation is great for building energy-efficient homes, it helps builders achieve "green" ratings like the LEED certification. This would not be possible if the product did not save oil. To learn more about the advantages of spray foam insulation when you contact NCFI Polyurethanes.

Topics: Energy Efficiency, NCFI