The Woodlands, Texas – Spray polyurethane foam made by Huntsman Building Solutions was specified to insulate Huntsman’s MDI facility in Geismar, Louisiana. Heatlok XT was applied to the ceilings and walls of the Reliability Excellence Centre (REC) at the site.
The 2050m2 (22,000ft2) REC is a metal building housing the facility’s maintenance and reliability teams and operations. The facility was also expanded, with a maintenance workshop and workspace added.
Heatlok XT high-yield SPF is a closed-cell spray foam that enhances thermal resistance, and acts as an air barrier and vapour retarder. It can be used in both interior and exterior applications in both residential and commercial buildings. Various formulations are available, depending on the local climate.
With the Geismar facility in a hurricane zone, the SPF also meets FEMA Class 5 requirements. This means it can be cleaned and dried in the case of severe flooding.
The foam was applied by Rader’s Insulation, a local insulation contractor in Louisiana. They sprayed the foam insulation into the ceilings, applying it directly to the underside of the roof deck, and also into the walls, where it was applied to the exterior sheathing between metal studs.
‘As the leading MDI manufacturing plant in North America, Geismar enables Huntsman Building Solutions’ production of high-performance spray foam insulation and roofing materials,’ said Mark Dearman, the Geismar site’s operations director and general manager. ‘Not only is it important that the site’s REC be optimised for efficiency and resiliency but, in using our own spray foam in the building envelope, we are essentially standing proudly behind its efficacy and long-term value.’