Facility owners and managers want buildings that promote physiological and psychological occupant health, minimize air pollution, improve sensory conditions, and enhance human comfort, productivity and performance. These requirements can be achieved when insulating with spray foam. From healthcare facilities to museums, Seal Tech supports a project’s IEQ design principles by addressing the causes of unhealthy buildings and sick building syndrome (SBS).
Foam insulation forms a continuous thermal barrier that completely seals electrical boxes and other wall penetrations that allow the passage of air. Unlike batts, Spray Foam leaves no gaps or seams that could otherwise compromise its performance. Building occupants will appreciate an environment free from drafty areas, unwanted sounds, and other irritants that are transferred with outdoor air, such as the intrusion of outdoor allergens and pollutants. Integrating the Spray Foam system and HVAC system will ensure that there is always proper air movement and sufficient changes of air within the structure.
Minimizing airflow through the building envelope is the most effective method of designing a healthy, durable, and efficient building. Spray Foam significantly reduces air movement in and out of a structure. Spray Foam is extremely effective at minimizing condensation, moisture build-up, and the growth of mold or mildew.
Eliminating air leakage, establishing thermal breaks and solving condensation problems require extensive detailing to ensure that the building performs to expectations. Buildings can also consume vast amounts of energy. In fact, energy represents the single largest operating expense in an office property. ENERGY STAR® reports that reducing energy use by 30% is equivalent to increasing net operating income and building asset value by 5%.
Spray Foam not only insulates, it air seals. Spray Foam expands and cures in minutes. As it expands, it forces its way into every corner and crevice completely filling the cavity to create its own continuous air barrier.