Polyurethane foam has been used in homes for decades now, but recently, its market has started to expand rapidly. Now, more than ever, there is a drive towards building energy-efficient homes. Polyurethane foam products are at the head of the pack when it comes to materials that make this goal possible, and they're increasing in popularity every day.
More Stringent Building Codes
It's not just home owners who are seeking homes that require less energy use and are better insulated. Building codes are also becoming more rigid, requiring that those who build new structures make an effort to use the most energy-efficient materials possible. In many cases, spray foam insulation towers above the competition in terms of insulating power and energy efficiency, allowing builders to meet these building codes with ease. Using another form of insulation, meeting the code would be extremely difficult or impossible.
The Rise of Net-Zero Homes
For many homeowners and builders, simply meeting building codes is not enough. They want to build homes that are as energy efficient as possible. Building a "net zero" home, one that puts as much energy back into the grid as it uses, requires extremely efficient insulation. Polyurethane spray foam is a go-to material for those who seek to build the most airtight, well insulated structures. The less energy needed to heat a home, the less needs to be produced -- this means purchasing less costly, energy-producing equipment like solar panels.
Tens of thousands of older homes are being retrofitted with spray foam insulation to make them more energy efficient. With the high energy efficiency ratings of new homes, the only way to sell an old home is often to make these upgrades.
To learn more about the use of spray foam for building energy-efficient homes, contact NCFI Polyurethanes.