Coalition wants to improve application expertise and insulation knowledge
By Liz White, editor
The US Spray Foam Coalition representing polyurethane systems suppliers was set up 18 months ago to provide a focus for all segments of the spray polyurethane foam (SPF) community.
“Our sense was that there were a lot of emerging issues around product stewardship, around professionalising an industry that was beginning to take root, and we wanted to make sure that we put the proper tools in place that would allow the industry to grow in the long term,” said Paul Duffy of Icynene, chairman of the SFC.
Duffy feels the spray foam industry has reached “a critical mass now, where people have started to look beyond niche, problem-solving uses to whole-building applications, so in that respect it’s being taken very seriously.”
Codes favouring air barriers
Another aspect, Duffy noted, is code change, where particularly the commercial codes now emphasise air barriers as well as insulation requirements. “That’s something that plays quite strongly into the attributes of SPF,” he commented.
The codes exploit the benefits that go beyond simple insulation values to comfort, moisture control, noise, general quality of construction and similar issues.
“Typically in most countries insulation has been largely an unprofessional activity,” the Icynene executive…