Long Beach, Mississipi - Bayer MaterialScience unit BaySystems is donating spray polyurethane foam insulation for rebuilding in Hurricane Katrina-devastated Long Beach. The spray PU will be used on homes that are being built with steel frames and walls in order to withstand future hurricanes and storms.
The new homes are part of the ArcelorMittal Community Revitalization Housing Program. BaySystems has donated seven sets of Bayseal closed cell spray polyurethane foam to insulate the homes that will serve as models for a new planned community in Long Beach. Bayseal foam may also be used to insulate a new senior center in the area.
"Not only will the insulation add strength to the homes, but it will also increase energy efficiency and help protect the homes from possible damages caused by high humidity," said Renee Zierden, general manager, BaySystems.
According to BMS, spray polyurethane foam offers several advantages over traditional fibreglass batt insulation, including:
o The ability to expand and fill cracks, sealing a home from moisture and air leakage;
o Adding structural strength. Independent tests show spray PU foam provides resistance to shearing and racking events such as hurricanes and other strong wind situations; and
o Reducing mould growth.
Closed-cell spray PU foam is classified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as "highly resistant to floodwater damage," capable of withstanding direct and prolonged contact with floodwater without sustaining significant damage. Fiberglass batt, on the other hand, is classified as "unacceptable" (FEMA Technical Bulletin 2/ August 2008).