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  1. 1. Reduce your energy dependency and lower your heating bills S P R AY F O A M I N S U L AT I O N first, conserve
  2. 2. about us first, conserve S P R AY F O A M I N S U L AT I O N “Planning to reduce your Welcome! energy dependency and EcoLogic Foam Insulation was created because of the owner’s personal need for better insulation and lowered heating bills. lower your heating bills? With today’s high energy prices, the cost of heating poorly insulated First conserve what you buildings is prohibitive. In addition to its industry leading thermal resistance, Ecologic Foam Insulation leads to improved air quality, have. Before spending on reduced drafts, a dust and mold free interior living environment, and high efficiency mechani- buildings that prevent moisture infiltration and reduce noise transference into homes and offices. cal equipment, ensure you Mark Nelson Founder & President conserve the heat you do EcoLogic Spray Foam Insulation produce, the energy you do Our Mission: use. High quality HVAC EcoLogic Spray Foam Insulation will efficiently and cost effectively provide industry leading insulation solutions through professional, customer-focused service. equipment will not be efficient for as long as the Our Pledge: Ecologic Spray Foam insulation has searched to bring you the best insulating product on the air you heat or cool seeps market, and is committed to provide unparalleled service. out through your walls. Ecologic Foam will lower your heating bills, improve your air quality, add value to your Seal your building envelope home and increase the comfort of your living environment. We will work with your schedule to ensure efficient, timely service. with EcoLogic Spray Foam We will assist you with applying for and attaining eligible grants, rebates and incentives insulation and conserve which will offset much of the expense over traditional insulation. your energy. First conserve Our Service Delivery: with EcoLogic Spray Foam We have combined the best product with the best equipment to provide you with an Insulation.” unmatched experience. is is where we leave our competition behind. EcoLogic Spray foam insulation has custom built its spray truck to double the output of all our competition, while “ e first step in improv- operating more quietly. With two hydraulic reactors, two spray guns, and enough hose ing your energy efficiency to cover even the largest job sites, Ecologic Spray Foam can handle your needs. Combining our unique equipment with efficient management practices and flexible em- is to control your internal ployee work schedules, we are able to meet your needs regardless of your tight trade deadlines. environment. EcoLogic We invite you to contact us through our website at or by phone at Spray Foam Insulation does 1-888-880-8420 so that we can discuss your insulation needs. this better than every other Best Regards, material on the market. Having sealed your build- Mark Nelson ing envelope, your climate Founder & President control equipment; furnace, EcoLogic Spray Foam Insulation air conditioner and air purifier, can be reduced in size, saving you money in purchase and in on going expenses. First Conserve, with EcoLogic Spray Foam Insulation.” 2 •
  3. 3. home insulation 101 first, conserve 888.880.8420 w w w. e c o l o g i c f o a m . c o m Building Science What causes air leakage? Building Science is the study of how the components of structures In order to understand how to create an efficient wall system, work together to form systems. A building performs many func- we must first understand the science behind the sources of air tions and has many systems to accomplish these. A wall is a system leakage. Air acts as a liquid in many regards and it is often helpful formed to separate two unlike environments. Its purposes include to think of it in terms of a liquid flowing through your walls. maintaining temperature differences, maintaining moisture levels Like water, air leaks from one side of a barrier to another by at desired set points, preventing infiltration of the elements (rain, any means possible when there is pressure to do so. is means snow, and wind) and protecting the inhabitants and property in that it will flow through cracks and holes, around end plates, and which it encloses. A builder is contracted to produce attractive, through material that may slow but not stop its flow. e pressure durable, energy efficient homes. In spite of this, there is still a for air to move comes from a variety of sources including tempera- gap between desired efficiency and achieved results, despite ture gradients, moisture gradients, and wind. Any pressure gradient improvements in code required insulation levels and the use of can cause a significant reduction in the performance of insulating high-efficiency HVAC products. e reason is simply because when material. When a wall system is faced with several of them, the it comes to insulation, R-value alone is not a good measure. For a R-Value installed bears no resemblance to the R-value at which wall to achieve its design objectives; that of a highly efficient the wall system performs. Products that do not seal the building protective system, it must provide a high-performance air barrier envelope do not function as good insulators. system to make a structure truly energy efficient. How does moisture Heat loss occurs by become a problem? Conduction and Convection. When air travels through a building wall, it takes with it not Conduction is the transfer of heat through solid molecules, only heat, but also water vapor, pollutants, dust, odors, and al- an example of which is the heat felt in the handle of your pot after lergens. In order to prevent moisture from entering unchecked, a boiling water. Conductive heat transfer is relatively slow. Convec- wall system must stop the movement of air across its components. tion is the transfer of heat by liquid or gas molecules moving from In houses, even fairly small air leaks can move large amounts of hot areas to cold areas (a temperature gradient). When two fluids of water vapor compared to vapor diffusion. Some experts estimate differing characteristics come into contact, convective currents are that the ratio of moisture transported by air flow compared to vapor formed to equalize the differences, transferring heat energy from diffusion is 10 to 1, or even higher. ASHRAE 2001 Fundamentals warm areas to cold areas. is method of heat transfer is relatively recognizes that effectively controlling moisture in a home requires fast and accounts for 80% of heat loss while only 20% of heat loss is an effective air barrier, and states that “without effective control of due to conduction. Most insulation methods address convection in airflow, vapor retarders are completely ineffective.” different ways and with different results. e continuity of a vapor diffusion retarder is critical for air Fiber Insulations slow convection, EcoLogic Foam stops con- barriers as small gaps in air barrier systems can locally concentrate vection. Fiber based insulation products such as Fiberglass, Cellu- both air leakage and moisture as condensation in specific areas, lose and Rockwool are designed to slow down air molecules, and as causing significant moisture damage, mold and mildew. such they only slow convective currents. As the exterior temperature drops, and pressure gradients rise, convective currents accelerate and Fiber Insulations become less and less effective, resulting in increased heat loss. EcoLogic Foam is designed to stop convection by stopping air infiltration. Studies show that 1/4 inch of EcoLogic Foam is effective in stopping nearly 100% of heat loss through convection. Air leakage Air leakage is responsible for increasing heating and cooling expense in a building by up to 40 percent, according to the United States Department of Energy (DOE). In addition to forcing homebuyers to pay bigger energy bills, air infiltration also causes problems like drafts, localized hot and cold spots, moisture, condensation and durability issues like ice damming, rot, and spalling which can lead to structural failure and shorten the useful life of a home. ese issues can also impact occupant health and safety through mold and mildew infestations. • 3
  4. 4. home insulation 101 S P R AY F O A M I N S U L AT I O N How does an air barrier increase The only proven insulation and energy efficiency and improve Air Barrier combination: Closed Cell, moisture control? Spray Applied Foam. When wall system fails to prevent air leakage, the buildings One of the most frequently-specified Air Barrier products is HVAC system has to work harder to maintain the desired closed-cell spray-applied polyurethane foam. is is because in temperature. An effective air barrier system controls air movement addition to providing an air permeance rating of less than 0.001 L/ into and out of the building, allowing the HVAC system to s/m2 (twice as good as that specified by the National Building Code perform without having to make up for the loss of conditioned air. of Canada) at an application thickness of 1.5 inches, the material is results in increased operating efficiency, reduces energy also offers an effective insulation R-value of nearly 7 per inch. consumption and saves money. e inclusion of an effective air It is the only fully-tested, proven combination insulation air barrier. barrier system will allow the HVAC system to be downsized at It qualifies as such because spray-applied polyurethane foam forms the design stage saving money up front and offsetting the cost of a monolithic barrier without compromising gaps. It is a two- upgrading to effective air barrier systems. component product manufactured on site but engineered at the With regards to moisture control, an air barrier prevents water molecular level to meet required performance criteria for every code vapor in the exterior environment from entering the wall. e DOE and climate. estimates that in a 100-ft2 wall, one cup of water can diffuse Spray-applied foam conforms to any shape, adhering to the through drywall without a vapor barrier in a year, but 50 cups can wall system, it requires no fasteners, eliminating thermal bridging enter through a 1/2-inch, round hole. In fact, “sealing air leaks is 10 and condensing surfaces, while also increasing installation speed to 100 times as important as installing a vapor barrier.” and reducing labor costs. EcoLogic Spray Foam also improves structural strength. What makes an Air Barrier? Testing conducted by the National Association of Home Build- Air barrier systems, as defined in the National Building Code ers (NAHB) Research Center shows closed-cell SPF insulation of Canada, must be constructed of materials with an air permeance between wood-and steel-stud wall panels increases rack and shear rating of less than 0.02 L/sm2 at 75 Pa and must be continuous resistance two to three times over standard stick-built components throughout the building envelope. To be effective an air barrier and glass fiber insulation when sprayed onto gypsum wallboard and system must be able to withstand both positive and negative air vinyl siding, and increased racking strength by 50 percent when pressures without displacement, and must be durable enough to last sprayed onto oriented strand board (OSB)5 . the life of the building. It should be noted, however, that only closed-cell formulations All penetrations in the Air Barrier must be sealed or the like that used by EcoLogic Spray Foam offer these benefits. assembly itself becomes leaky, which defeats the purpose of install- Most open-cell foams have not been tested for air permeance and ing the system in the first place as outlined above. ere are many therefore do not qualify as Air Barrier systems. One open-cell foam Air Barrier products available and they are not all created equal. manufacturer’s product requires an application of 5.5 inches to pass Some products are difficult to properly install and require great skill the minimum requirements to qualify as an air barrier. to seal details at joints, seams and penetrations, which raise labor costs. is is especially true of irregularly shaped and complicated designs. 4 •
  5. 5. p r o d u cn s u l a t im n t1 o n i t infor oa i 01 first, conserve 888.880.8420 w w w. e c o l o g i c f o a m . c o m What is Ecologic’s Spray Foam Insulation? Ecologic is the only way to properly seal and insulate: Factory trained technicians insulate with HeatLok Soya, A Canadian Construction Materials Center (CCMC) approved • Odd shaped wall cavities Soya based closed cell Urethane spray foam. • Steel frame construction • Vaulted ceilings Ecologic uses the • Partially blocked openings leading product on the market. • Window and door frames Tested and approved by: and other traditional • e US Department of Energy problem areas. • Oak Ridge National Laboratories • e Canadian Mortgage Housing Corporation Canadian Construction Materials Center Testing by these agencies and others show this to be: • e most cost effective, energy efficient and environmentally friendly insulation product available today. EcoLogic Foam is a green product: • Is created using Soybean Oil and Recycled plastic bottles. Blowing Agent: • Has absolutely no Ozone Depleting Substances (Zero ODS). Single Application: • Meets and exceeds the Canadian National Building Code requirements for a ermal Insulation, Vapour Barrier, and an Air Barrier. Exceeds the Canadian quality Standards set out in CAN/ULC S 705.1 • “Standard for ermal Insulation Spray Applied Rigid Polyurethane Foam Medium Density Material Specification”. Although first developed in 2006, Ecologic Foam is rapidly gaining acceptance among homeowners and builders for its superior insulative properties. • 5
  6. 6. compare spray foam with traditional insulation S P R AY F O A M I N S U L AT I O N How does EcoLogic Foam insulation EcoLogic Foam compare to fiberglass or cellulose? is environmentally friendly. Foam insulation outperforms both fiberglass and cellulose EcoLogic Foam is made from Soya bean oil and recycled plastic insulation simply because air infiltrates both fiberglass and bottles. It is applied with a blowing agent containing zero ozone de- cellulose. Air Infiltration accounts for up to 40% of heat loss. is pleting substances. Applying EcoLogic Foam Insulation will reduce results in the actual R-value these inferior products perform at being energy costs by between 50% and 80%, reducing fossil fuel use and as much as 50% below their advertized R value. Because fiberglass decreasing the impact of greenhouse gasses on the environment. and cellulose do not eliminate air infiltration, as air passes through EcoLogic Foam has greater thermal resistance to heat energy these products, their R-value drops. Bottom line: just because it’s rat- ed at R-30, doesn’t mean it will perform at R-30. When products are (R-Value) than any competing product. tested for their R-value in a lab, it is not only a static environment, Fiberglass manufacturers’ measures claims regarding R-Value meaning there is not air passing across or against the material, but it are inaccurate at best. Under laboratory conditions, fiberglass is done under test conditions, which do not reflect the challenges insulation is tested in perfect conditions and fails to represent how it faced by commercially installed products in a home (time & financial will perform in the field. e smallest compression of the batt, gap pressure of labor, and skill of installer). is is not how the home will around the edges or imperfectly filled wall cavity results in dramatic ultimately function. Where you have penetrations in your exterior performance drops verses claimed figures. is can result in a 26% wall for windows, doors, sill plates, vents and hose bibs, and imper- compromise in performance without considering the effects of tem- fectly installed wall cavities, you have air infiltration. Air infiltration perature and pressure gradients. is increased by pressure differentials; both moisture pressure and air R values are not stable across different temperatures. As the pressure generated by wind. difference in temperature across a wall increases (colder one side or EcoLogic Foam is applied under pressure as a liquid and expands warmer the other) the performance of fiberglass insulation drops more than 30 times as it reacts into foam. In the process of doing dramatically, losing 50% of its thermal resistance as outside so it expands to fill the space into which it is sprayed, bonding with temperatures reach -28`C. is performance drop is common to all every variance in the surface provided. It leaves no holes, gaps, spaces, fibrous insulation including Cellulose and Rockwool. air pockets, or unreached areas. It penetrates cracks, joints, holes, and While the above study measured the effects of temperature hiddenvoids to form a monolithic continuous barrier. Neither Fiber- gradients, the same holds true for pressure gradients generated by glass nor Cellulose compare. wind and moisture. is is a direct result of air infiltration created by EcoLogic Foam has a true and stable R value that is unbeaten by these pressure gradients as air cold air is moved into the lower bound- competitive technologies. Both fiberglass and cellulose will shift, settle ary and hot air is pulled out of the top of the wall cavity. is can and permit increased air infiltration over time, further degrading their result in a reduction of up to 80% of the advertised R-Value. Did you performance. realize that on a cold winter day your R-19 wall may only perform at EcoLogic Foam creates cleaner, healthier living environments an equivelant of R-7? Imagine the difference an actual R-21 spray by stopping mold, moisture and dust infiltration altogether. Unlike applied foam wall would have on your energy bills, comfort level Fiberglass and Cellulose, it contains no Volatile Organic Compounds and required HVAC sizing. (VOC’s) or Chloro Flouro Carbons (CFC’s) that degrade indoor air quality and negatively impact health. EcoLogic Foam reduces noise transmission. Walls sprayed with EcoLogic Foam are dramatically quieter. Noise originating out- doors or from Mechanical heating and cooling equipment is effec- tively silenced through the application of EcoLogic Foam insulation. Neither fiberglass nor cellulose attains the STC rating of EcoLogic spray foam. 6 •
  7. 7. s p r a y i n s u l ab e n e f i0 s foam tion 1 t 1 first, conserve 888.880.8420 w w w. e c o l o g i c f o a m . c o m Why Choose Ecologic? 7. Ecologic Is Environmentally Friendly EcoLogic Foam is made from Soybean oil and recycled plastic 1. Ecologic Creates ermal Resistance bottles. It is the ONLY Spray Foam Insulation product available R-Value is a measure of thermal resistance. With an R-Value in Canada that utilizes a Zero Ozone Depletion Substance of 7 per inch, it provides the highest thermal resistance of (Zero ODS) blowing agent. e use of our foam has no negative any insulation product available on the market today. impact on the Ozone or your living environment. A building that is insulated with EcoLogic Foam will also use up to 80% less 2. Ecologic Creates A Cost Savings Air Barrier energy. In order to prevent the transfer of heat energy, insulation must stop convective air movement. EcoLogic Spray Foam 8. Ecologic Is Builder Friendly Insulation forms a monolithic, continuous air tight barrier. Because EcoLogic Spray Foam Insulation is installed as a direct Applied as a hot liquid, it instantly reacts and expands to create replacement to fiberglass batts, it is installed in the same sequence an impermeable, continuous, air tight seal which exceeds by as traditional insulation, and requires no alteration to your 500 times, the national building code requirements for building plans. For builders, there is no need to schedule any air barriers. additional time for installation or make adjustments for its use, unlike ICF or SIP buildings. 3. Ecologic Creates A Vapour Barrier e Canadian National Building Code (NBC) recognizes 9. Ecologic Is Cost Effective EcoLogic Spray Foam Insulation as a Vapour Barrier. is is EcoLogic Spray Foam Insulation is a vastly superior product to due to its closed cell structure. It accomplishes this without Fiberglass, Cellulose and Rigid foam. Because of the equipment any gaps as it forms a perfect seal against the substrate onto and training required, EcoLogics professional installation will which it is sprayed. add incrementally to the overall cost of your building. When you consider the savings you will reap in the following areas, EcoLogic 4. Ecologic Creates Structural Rigidity and Integrity Spray Foam Insulation is not only a sound financial decision, EcoLogic Foam creates a closed cell structure when it reacts at it is the only one: application. is adds to the structural rigidity of the wall onto which it is sprayed and increases its racking and sheering strength ■ Reduce the size of your HVAC equipment by 40%. by 300%. is results in a vastly stronger structure, which will Because your home is so much more efficient, you do not last for years. need or want heating and cooling equipment sized for a standard house. Because smaller units are significantly 5. Ecologic Improves Indoor Air Quality cheaper you have a direct up-front cost offset to the EcoLogic Spray Foam creates an air-tight structure preventing investment in EcoLogic Spray Foam Insulation. dust, moisture and mold from entry. EcoLogic Spray Foam Insulation does not contain formaldehyde, bleach, or any other ■ Increase the value of your home by 3 or 4 times your VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) where other forms of investment in EcoLogic Spray Foam Insulation. insulation like Fiberglass and Cellulose do. EcoLogic foam is According to the Home Appraisers Journal “A homes value recommended by Pulmonologists and allergists for those who increases $20 for every $1 of annual energy savings.” In a suffer from Asthma and Allergies to improve their living world of rapidly rising energy costs, your savings will only environments. grow in the years you own your home. 6. Ecologic Improves Noise Attenuation ■ Additional financial incentives are available through a variety Whether it be outdoor noise, mechanical noise from your HVAC of rebate programs offered at the federal and provincial levels equipment, or a home theater you wish to isolate from the rest of as well as through Manitoba Hydro. See our incentives page your living environment, no other product possesses the ability for more. to absorb airborne noise like EcoLogic Spray Foam Insulation. In noise critical applications, such as home theaters, where a ■ Direct savings month after month. While the added cost of significant reduction in sound transference is required, EcoLogic EcoLogic Spray Foam Insulation may increase your mortgage Spray Foam Insulation forms a foundational component of a payment by $10 - $20 per month, you will enjoy several noise isolating wall system. hundreds of dollars monthly in energy savings, plus lower your impact on the environment and reduce the strain on our depleting resources. • 7
  8. 8. savings & value S P R AY F O A M I N S U L AT I O N Savings & Value: Energy efficient Housing Here at EcoLogic Spray Foam Insulation, it is our goal to aid made more affordable with you in installing the best insulation available, reducing your energy Mortgage Loan Insurance costs and adding value to your home. If you would like a free esti- More than 17 percent of the energy consumed in Canada is used mate of the energy savings available to you by installing our product, to run our homes. Buying an energy-efficient home or making ener- simply submit the following form and we will reply to you within one gysaving renovations can offer big savings. A 10% CMHC mortgage business day with an estimate of the savings you could realize. is is a no obligation offer. Further, we will send you a free estimate of loan insurance premium refund and extended amortization periods the value added to your home in resale based on the average value of up to 40 years without surcharge may be available when you use realized by home owners due to energy saving improvements. CMHC insured financing to purchase an energy-efficient home or Finally, should you choose to install EcoLogic Foam in your make energy-saving renovations. home, we will work with you to apply for and get available grants and rebates. See Rebates & Incentives for more information. For more information visit: Energy – Efficient Housing Program: Recognizing that energy costs in Canada continue to rise, Genworth Financial Canada is helping Canadians purchasing energyefficient homes, or renovating to energy-efficient standards to combat high-energy costs. For more information visit: Manitoba Hydro Power Smart Program ... offers incentives and rebates to install energy efficient insulation For more information visit: 8 •
  9. 9. f r e q u e n t l y a s kn s u q u e o ni o n s i ed lati st 101 first, conserve 888.880.8420 w w w. e c o l o g i c f o a m . c o m What is Spray Foam Insulation? that simplifies construction practices. It is rated by the Canadian Spray Foam Insulation (also referred to as Spray Polyurethane Foam) National Building Code as an approved Vapour Barrier, Air Barrier, is a method of sealing and insulating that is spray applied like paint. and ermal Insulation. EcoLogic Foam exclusively uses HeatLok It is a two-component system typically consisting of petroleum oils, Soya which has been certified by the CCMC and formulated with the plastics, and resins. e two liquids are heated at high pressure and environment in mind. It is made from Soy Bean Oil and Recycled mix at the spray gun. When the two liquids hit the target substrate Plastic Bottles. It emits no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) they react with each other and rapidly expand curing as a foam. Spray or CFCs (Chloro Fluoro Carbons). It contains no formaldehyde or Foam Insulations fall under 2 categories Open Cell (also referred to as bleach. It behaves just like petroleum based spray foams, without any 1/2 lb. or low density foam) and Closed Cell (also referred to as 2 lb. or of the harmful environmental side effects. EcoLogic Foam is the most medium density foam). cost effective, energy efficient and environmentally friendly insulation method available today. What is The Difference Between Open Cell and Closed Cell? What is R-Value? Open Cell, 1/2 lb. or low density spray foam cures soft and the R-Value is a measurement of thermal resistance. A higher R-Value irregular bubbles which form during the expansion reaction are means a greater ability to resist heat flow. However R-Value only broken or open. ese pockets fill with air, and as such the R-Value measures resistance to conduction. Conduction (heat transfer through of Open Cell foam is close to that of dormant air, around 3.6 per solid molecules) is only responsible for 20% of a buildings heat loss, inch. Being spray applied as a liquid Open Cell foam conforms to any while convection (heat transfer by air molecules moving from hot areas shape, but it is not a Code Approved Vapour Barrier with a perme- to cold areas) is responsible for 80%. Just ¼ inch of EcoLogic ability rating of over 400 ng. Closed Cell, 2 lb. or medium density Foam will stop 99% of heat loss by convection. spray foam cures rigid and the millions of microscopic bubbles which form during the expansion reaction remain closed and intact. is What is The R-Value of EcoLogic Foam? traps the reaction gases, and as such the R-Value of Closed Cell foam is close to that of the reaction gas, around 7 per inch. e Closed EcoLogic Foam has the highest R-Value (7 per inch) of any Cell structure is very strong; increasing shear and racking strength by insulation product available today. Also, unlike Fiber Insulations such 300%. Closed Cell foam is a Code Approved Vapour Barrier with a as Fiberglass, Cellulose, and Rockwool, EcoLogic Foam has a “real permeability rating of under 45 ng. Closed Cell foam stops both air world” R-Value which is not affected by external forces. Studies by flow through the wall and air flow within the wall cavity. the US Department of Energy found that Fiber Insulations loose half of their R-Values when outside temperatures reach -28°C. Similar What is Permeability? tests found the same effect from wind, with Fiber Insulations loosing Permeability, rated in ng, is a measure of the transference of half of their R-Values when exposed to a 15 km/h wind. grains of water through a material at a standard vapor pressure and temperature. e Canadian National Building Code gives a Code Approved Vapour Barrier rating to materials with a permeability rating of less than 60 ng. EcoLogic Foam meets the requirements of the National Building Code as a Vapour Barrier. How Long Has Spray Foam Insulation Been Around? Spray Foam Insulation has been around for more than 30 years. Its primary use was in the food storage industry. Original Spray Foam Insulations contained urea formaldehyde, and used CFCs as blowing agents. Spray Foam Insulation today does not contain urea and EcoLogic Foam uses a Zero Ozone Depletion Substance (Zero ODS) blowing agent. Who is The CCMC? e Canadian Construction Materials Center. What is EcoLogic Foam? EcoLogic Foam is a spray-in-place, medium density, two-part, soya based polyurethane foam insulation. It is a 2 lb. Closed Cell, rigid foam that in one step provides a sealed, thermal envelope • 9
  10. 10. frequently asked questions S P R AY F O A M I N S U L AT I O N What Makes EcoLogic Foam How Does EcoLogic Foam So Effective? Control Moisture and Condensation? EcoLogic Foam is much more effective than traditional Most of the damaging moisture within a building envelope is the insulation products, because it is applied as a liquid, and then result of convection currents both through and within the wall cavity. expands as foam 20 to 30 times its original liquid size in seconds. Warm moist inside air circulates and exchanges with cold dry outside As it expands, it conforms to and fills in every single nook, cranny, air in a cavity insulated with Fiberglass or Cellulose. As the moisture crevice, hole, crack, and gap to create a continuous thermal envelope. in the air condenses, it forms dew within the insulation. is destroys EcoLogic Foam creates a complete seal against air infiltration, the the insulation, decreases its effectiveness, and if it is there long enough number one source of energy loss. is innovative insulation adheres causes mold and rot. Both EcoLogic Foam and other Open Cell spray to any clean, dry surface and will not shrink, settle, or disintegrate. foams create an air-tight seal and are highly effective at stopping air Since Fiber Insulations like Fiberglass and Cellulose are settling movement through the wall, however only EcoLogic Foam, with its materials, they cannot seal from stud to stud or around outlets and Closed Cell structure, can stop the air movement within the wall. No other penetrations. In addition, Fiberglass and Cellulose can lose air movement means no convection, resulting in no condensation, their insulation value if water or moisture invades the wall cavity. and elimination of moisture problems. As a Code Approved Vapour Barrier, EcoLogic Foam actually eliminates moisture problems in a wall cavity. EcoLogic Foam is an What Is EcoLogic Foam Made Of? inert substance and will not support mold growth. EcoLogic Foam is made from Soy Bean Oil, Recycled Plastic Bottles, and Resins. It is a two component liquid system that is spray How Does EcoLogic Foam Control applied like paint, using a Zero Ozone Depletion Substance (Zero Indoor Air Quality and Comfort? ODS) blowing agent. e chemical constituents are similar to those EcoLogic Foam creates an air-tight sealed thermal envelope. used in many products already in your home, such as upholstery foam When spray applied, the liquid rapidly expands as foam 20 to 30 and the foam used for pillows and mattresses; although the properties times its original size conforming to and filling in every single nook, of the foam are different. cranny, crevice, hole, crack, and gap. With EcoLogic Foam there are no fibers or loose matter to contaminate the interior air. By Are There any Glass Fibers stopping exterior air infiltration, EcoLogic Foam also stops dust and in EcoLogic Foam? external pollutants from entering the building. As a Code Approved No. Glass fibers have been listed as a suspected carcinogen by Vapour Barrier it also stops air movement or convection within the the EPA and most Fiberglass insulation manufacturers now print a wall cavity, which eliminates moisture problems such as mold and warning label on the wrapper. mildew. EcoLogic Foam does not contain bleach or formaldehyde nor does it emit any harmful VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) or Where is Spray Foam used? CFCs (Chloro Fluoro Carbons). A building sprayed with EcoLogic Spray Foam Insulation is used in all aspects of construction: Foam is also much quieter; it decreases the noise from both the Industrial, Commercial, Agricultural, Institutional, and Residential. exterior environment and interior mechanical systems. e end result In new home construction, Spray Foam Insulation is fast becoming is improved indoor air quality, and a healthier more comfortable the industry standard for hard to insulate areas such as Rim Joists, building. is is why e American Lung Association uses Spray Sill Areas, Cantilevers, Bays, Cathedral Ceilings, and Bonus Rooms. Foam Insulation for their “Health Homes” being built in the U.S. However, homes that are completely insulated and sealed with Eco- Logic Foam give their owners substantial advantages over traditional insulation methods. EcoLogic Foam can also be used to insulate Air Quality Control HVAC plenums and ducts as well as plumbing drains and lines which helps conserve energy and reduce the interior noise of these mechani- cal systems. Other applications include the exterior of flat roofs, base- ment floors, underground footings and foundation walls, and pools. Does EcoLogic Foam Have Building Code Approvals? EcoLogic Foam has the approval of all four major building codes in the United States, and Canada. EcoLogic Foam is not only recognized as a ermal Insulation, it also meets the requirements of a Vapour Barrier, and an Air Barrier. In fact, it is one of the most extensively tested insulation products ever. Concern in the 1970’s over the excessive off-gassing of an early foam product called urea formaldehyde, and the health effects of other insulating 10 •
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