Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania -- BaySystems says its Bayseal CC (closed-cell) spray polyurethane foam has received an International Code Council (ICC) approval for the material combined with Flameseal TB spray-applied thermal coating, as an alternative to a thermal barrier, for ceiling and wall applications.
This approval is an industry first for spray foam insulation, said Bayer MaterialScience.
Building codes require that insulation used in walls and ceilings has a 15-minute thermal barrier for protection against fire. BMS said the most common thermal barrier is a solid wallboard, such as gypsum board. Now builders have the option of using the combined Bayseal CC spray foam/Flameseal TB spray coating to insulate safely while meeting code requirements.
"We're very excited to be the first to offer this innovation to the building industry," said Renee Zierden, general manager, BaySystems, part of BMS, in a company statement. "The approval by ICC-ES provides new options to builders and architects. Using a spray-applied alternative to a thermal barrier delivers cost efficiency and ease-of-use in insulation products. Bayseal with Flameseal TB will be especially useful in applications where a wallboard thermal barrier may be cost prohibitive or in curved or oddly shaped structures where the application of wallboard is a logistical challenge."
ICC-ES also reviewed Bayseal CC spray foam for use in attic and crawlspace applications where an ignition barrier, but not a thermal barrier, is required, said BMS. For these applications, ICC-ES approved Bayseal CC spray foam for use with either Bayseal IC (intumescent coating) or Flameseal TB spray coating, in lieu of an ignition barrier. This further contributes to ease-of-use for the builder, said BMS.
Flame Seal Products, Inc. (FSP) later announced that this ICC approval means that its partner, Specialty Products Inc. (SPI), FSP's exclusive distributor for the US and Canada, is now launching a major marketing campaign. In customer screeings, SPI said, potential users stated that ICC Certification would be the definitive factor in making a decision to buy. "Now that this certification is a reality, the opportunities that now present themselves for Flame Seal and SPI are incredible," claims FSP.