Sugar Land, Texas - SES Foam and Imperial Sugar Co. will introduce SucraSeal, which they claim is an environmentally friendly, open-cell, Class 1 sucrose-based spray foam insulation.
SES developed SucraSeal in conjunction with the sugar company. SES's urethane knowledge has been complemented by Imperial Sugar's natural product knowledge to develop a product expected to lead the polyurethane spray foam industry.
SES Foam uses a patent-pending technology to produce a 0.5 pcf (pounds per cubic foot) density and 1.0 pcf formulations of SucraSeal. SES says the 0.5 pcf foam has a green content of 17 percent and the 1.0 pcf a green content of 25 percebt.
Both products meet the USDA's BioPreferred programme qualifications and their green content has been determined by ASTM D-6886. The SucraSeal spray foam line is formulated using water-blown technology so it contains no ozone-depleting CFCs or HCFCs (chloro and hydrochloro-fluorocarbons), adding to the environmental credentials.
"SucraSeal is one of the greenest spray foam products on the market with a finished foam green content of 25 percent," said a press statement. It is fire-resistant, passes the ACC 377 Appendix X test and does not require chemical barriers and coatings. The developers say that SucraSeal offers an "energy-efficient and sustainable solution for commercial contractors and residential homeowners seeking a greener alternative to petroleum-based insulation products."
SucraSeal insulation offers high-yield and an R-value of 3.7 per inch, is VOC and formaldehyde free and virtually odourless, according to SES.
SucraSeal spray foam "offers superior fire-resistance and passes the ACC 377 Appendix X test for flammability uncoated without the use of an ignition barrier. SucraSeal's patented process makes the foam fire-resistant. The fire-resistance is built into the foam itself. SucraSeal's natural and superior fire protection is less expensive to produce and install because it does not require the addition of a chemical fire barrier coating," explained Charles Valentine, coo of SES Foam.
"Sucrose is a renewable resource, making it cost-competitive compared to petroleum-based spray foam, added John Sheptor, ceo of Imperial Sugar.
Sucrose is natural and sustainable with numerous uses in addition to as a food source. It is used in pharmaceuticals, epoxies, bio-plastics, detergents, cosmetics and more, Sheptor added.
He noted that sucrose-based spray foams "have the potential to provide a revolutionary impact in a variety of applications by replacing widely-used petrochemical-based compounds."
Valentine pointed out that, "Even with its sucrose content, SucraSeal has zero food value for rodents or insects. It is naturally mould-, mildew- and water- resistant, is antimicrobial and provides excellent thermal and sound control. It cures instantly, provides an air-tight seal, is dimensionally stable, stays firmly in place and will not settle."