Pittsburgh, Pennsylvannia - BaySystems, the polyurethane division of Bayer MaterialScience, and BMS's sales agency, Energywise Group, have appointed four Dallas/Fort Worth spray polyurethane foam (SPF) applicators as preferred contractors in the company's energywise programme.
Using a "total systems" approach to residential insulation applications, the energywise programme involves engineering the heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems, as well as doors, windows, insulation and infiltration, to "work in harmony with the thermal envelope" - the outer walls of a structure - and local climate conditions, a 27 Oct BMS statement explained.
To be named a preferred contractor to use BaySystems SPF insulation, companies must have a commitment to the energywise programme and an "established, solid business in the market and recognition in their community," the company added.
The preferred contractors are Korbin Foam Insulation, Franklin's Foam Insulation, Biomax Spray Foam and Thermacote Systems. All were chosen on their "business practices, practical experience, and building knowledge," the statement said.
"The energywise approach is an energy-efficient alternative to basic fibreglass or cellulose residential insulation, and these Dallas/Ft. Worth preferred contractors will educate the area builders, architects and planners about the many benefits of spray polyurethane foam insulation," said Renee Zierden, general manager, BaySystems.
According to BMS, SPF insulation offers several benefits over traditional fibreglass batt insulation, including:
• Ability to expand and fill cracks when applied, thereby virtually sealing a home from moisture and air leakage;
• Ability to cure within seconds, forming the foundation of a structurally strong, virtually airtight, thermal, sound, and condensation barrier;
• Adding structural strength to the building. Independent tests showed SPF provides resistance to cracking and shearing events such as hurricanes and strong winds, BMS said, and finally,
• Reducing the chance of mould growth. (RD)