Is Spray Foam Sustainable?

Spray foam is an air-tight insulation that can make a house very energy efficient. It is sprayed on the inside of walls and can help stop drafts, deter mold growth and keep pests from chewing through framed houses. It also helps to prevent condensation in walls, which happens when there is a big temperature difference between outside and inside of the home.

Is spray foam waterproof?

The main problem with spray foam from a sustainability perspective is the chemicals used to make it. It is a petroleum based chemical concoction that contains toxic materials including dioxins, furans and carcinogens. Those materials will remain in the indoor air long after homeowners take occupancy of their new homes. The other issue with spray foam is that it can be hard to reclaim or reuse. Wood studs, plywood and rigid foam insulation boards can all be recycled but spray foam is stuck to the wood, concrete or plastic that it covers and will most likely end up in a landfill at the end of its life. Learn more :

It’s also dangerous to install, which is why many builders prefer to hire a pro to do it. If it’s not installed correctly it can cause health issues such as asthma, bronchitis and eye and skin irritation. It also releases noxious fumes and, if inhaled, can lead to respiratory distress, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and even death. Some brands of spray foam have safety manuals as long as 84 pages and multiple hazard data sheets about how to handle the product properly and avoid adverse health effects.


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