Mississauga, Ontario - Insulation manufacturer Icynene says its renewable-based spray foam insulation, IcyneneLD-R-50, has been 'Green-Approved' by the National Association of Homebuilders' (NAHB) Research Center.
NAHB's 'Green Approved' mark is a builder's assurance that a product is eligible for points toward National Green Building Certification. Approval is based on the National Green Building Standard, which Icynene said is the best existing standard for 'green' and sustainable residential projects.
"There's a sense of confusion about what 'green' products to select to earn points toward National Green Building Certification," said Shawn Rippon, VP Marketing for Icynene Inc., in a 24 Aug company statement. "The Green Approved mark is a builder's assurance that IcyneneLD-R-50 complies with specific 'green' scoring criteria for certification to the ICC 700-2008 National Green Building Standard (NGBS)," he emphasised.
Adding all the potential points that can be earned by using IcyneneLD-R-50 gives a total of 53 points. To put this in perspective, the maximum points that any other insulation product currently earns is six.
IcyneneLD-R-50's 53 points line up as follows: biobased product (up to 6); insulation and air-sealing (3-15); building envelope leakage rate (3-15); formaldehyde emissions in accordance with CDPH 01350 (4); and continuous air barrier between walls and ceilings separating the garage from the home (2-13 points).
Builders can view full practice descriptions and the potential points in each category at www.GreenApprovedProducts.com.