What Is The Icynene® Insulation System?

The Icynene Insulation System® is a complete insulation, air and moisture barrier system that wind proofs and seals wall, floor and ceiling cavities against air movement, including spaces around electrical outlets and light fixtures, at baseboards and where walls meet windows and doors. This means that outside air (either hot or cold) cannot seep through walls, causing drafts or cold spots. It also means that humid interior air cannot enter the walls and condense.

The system combines a material with a Certified Service providing any builder or homeowner with a truly cost effective method of energy efficient construction. The material is polyicynene foam (see Product Specifications ), an organic material developed from products of the petrochemical industry similar in composition to many that are already in home use today. The service is a custom installation on the building site by trained and Certified Installers, providing a custom insulation fit into any size cavity.

By virtue of its low permeability to air, its adhesion to other building materials and its flexibility, The Icynene Insulation System® becomes much more than just insulation. It provides superior air leakage control, moisture control and sound control in addition to insulation, thus becoming a one step insulation, moisture/vapor barrier, wind barrier system. The Icynene Insulation System® takes the place of building wrap, fiberglass, polyethylene vapor barrier, tape, foam and caulking, and eliminates the labor intensive work associated with air-tightness detailing when insulating with conventional insulation products.

Unlike "loose fill" insulation methods that do not wind proof building cavities, the air sealing characteristics of The Icynene Insulation System® provide virtually the same R-Value in the field as it does in the laboratory where the R-Value is measured. Cold air in winter and hot muggy air in summer cannot pass through polyicynene foam like it can through most other insulating materials.

Each project has it own unique opportunities and obstacles. Icynene®, because of its expanding soft foam characteristics, has the ability to adapt to countless building applications.


What Are The Advantages of the Icynene® System?

As well as simplifying the construction process for the builder, Icynene® Insulation eliminates the major causes of building envelope problems, air-borne moisture movement and entrapment. Heating and cooling costs are typically reduced by 30% to 50%, and smaller, less expensive heating and cooling equipment can be used. For the homeowner the advantages are:

  • Compared to other technologies, The Icynene Insulation System® is a less expensive method of building an energy efficient home.
  • A more energy efficient home means that energy costs can usually be reduced between 30% and 50%.
  • A more comfortable home, free from drafts and cold spots.
  • A quieter home because Icynene® creates a continuous sound barrier against outside noises.
  • A healthier home - when used with a mechanical ventilation system, superior indoor air quality provides your family with a much healthier place in which to live.
What is the Icynene® Insulation Made Of?

Icynene® insulation is a water-based formula that contains no formaldehyde, CFCs or HCFCs. The insulation has the texture and look of angel food cake and is made up of millions of tiny cells. These cells are filled with air and provide permanent control of air and airborne moisture movement. Icynene contains no materials that emit harmful gases.

How is the Icynene® System Insulation Installed?

There are two different ways to install Icynene® insulation — spray it onto any open surface and studded wall or pour it into an existing wall cavity when renovating. With any open surface, Icynene® insulation can be sprayed on once electrical and plumbing services are in place. It then expands to 100 times its initial volume in seconds, permanently adhering to the surfaces of the surrounding building materials and sealing all gaps.

For retrofitting existing walls, a slower expanding formulation of Icynene is used during renovations. The material is simply injected into small holes drilled into plaster or gypsum walls, or from the outside of the wall.

Southwest InSEALators is a company in the indoor air quality field. The products we use and the service we give are of the highest feasible standard. We want our customers to be a part of the quality standards, that health and sustainability are very important criteria in every purchasing decision. Southwest InSEALators helps to implement the physical changes necessary to address complex environmental and health problems. We do so by helping people change what they know, what they buy, what they build, also in how they make their decisions about such a purchase.


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