Icynene Insulation Shows PCBC That Castor Oil Is ‘Cool’
Icynene LD-R-50 — a climate-friendly, light-density spray foam insulation and air barrier that contributes to a healthier, quieter and more energy-efficient building — was named one of this year’s “Cool Products” at PCBC last week in San Francisco.
Now in its eighth year, PCBC’s Cool Products competitions highlight products that have an extra “cool” factor that makes builders and consumers take notice. Chosen from among hundreds of exhibitors, Icynene was one of four products to be singled out, winning in the “Contributes to a Healthier, Safer Living Environment” category.
The results were determined by a select panel of industry experts — including home builders, members of the media and architects.
Icynene is made of 100% natural castor oil, and its hydrofluorocarbon (HFC)-free formulation helps contractors insulate and air-seal in one step for superior energy conservation while minimizing their impact on the environment.
Among the cool qualities of the product:
- Castor oil is 100% naturally filtered with no chemical additives.
- The castor oil production process has low energy dependence.
- Castor crops are non-irrigated, saving scarce water supplies.
- Castor crops do not require pesticide or fungicide treatment.
- Castor beans are a rapidly renewable material that helped LD-R-50 become the first building product to receive the ICC-Evaluation Services SAVE (Sustainable Attributes Verification and Evaluation) designation for sustainability.
By using castor oil, Icynene LD-R-50 reduces the use of petroleum-based polyol. For every kilogram (2.2 pounds) of castor oil produced in place of polyol, there is a reduction of nearly 3.5 kilograms (7.7 pounds) of carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere, the manufacturer says.
Correctly using spray foam insulation can also help builders and remodelers earn points toward certification in the NAHB National Green Building Program rating systems.
Headquartered in Canada in Mississauga, Ontario, Icynene, Inc. is a member of the National Council of the Housing Industry — The Leading Suppliers of NAHB.
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