Air Barrier Advantages

Air Barrier Advantages

Air Barrier Advantages

A well-designed air barrier system controls the unintended movement of air into and out of a building enclosure. A growing number of energy codes require the use of air barriers directly or indirectly through air tightness requirements. Many designers, builders and enclosure specialists are turning to closed-cell spray polyurethane foam (ccSPF) to help meet – and in many cases exceed – air barrier code and performance requirements

Benefits of ccSPF with Honeywell blowing agents as an air barrier:

Superior air sealing

  • Nearly zero air permeance

Mitigates “wind” and “stack” (pressure differential) effects

  • Reduces or eliminates air infiltration by conforming to shapes and filling voids

Simplifies air barrier design

  • Offers “all-in-one” air sealing, thermal insulation, moisture resistance and adhesive properties

Can reduce labor and insurance costs*

  • Installed in a single operation so ccSPF does not require large crews, fasteners, glues or torches

Excellent material compatibility

Addresses stringent air barrier codes and standards

May allow for HVAC equipment size reduction2

Can qualify for energy rebates, tax credits and other sustainability/green building designations

*Savings can vary. Check with your SPF seller’s fact sheet for specific R-values when comparing SPF to other insulations.

†Since many variables impact ccSPF material and installation costs, it is preferable to discuss the project budget, return on investment (ROI), potential energy savings and possible tax credits or green certification (e.g. LEED credits) with the SPF manufacturer or contractor.