Oxford, Michigan -- ITW Futura Coatings announded 7 Sept that it has introduced its first window foam with renewable agricultural content. In its Foamseal E-Z Fill Plus Window Foam, produced in the company's Oxford, Michigan, plant, the manufacturer has replaced some of the petroleum-based content with renewable corn, soya and castor plant material.
"We're pleased that our new product exceeds USDA BioPreferredSM requirements for renewable content. Using plant material reduces greenhouse gases that are damaging to the environment, while the foam improves the energy efficiency of the windows," commented Art Goldman, sales manager, ITW Futura Coatings, in a company statement,
The bio material content means the new foam releases less carbon into the atmosphere, which benefits the environment. Its use of renewable agricultural materials as a substitute for some petroleum derivatives, has allowed the new foam to receive BioPreferred status from the U.S Department of Agriculture (UDSA).
E-Z Fill window foams are injected into vinyl window frames to help retain internal temperatures or "U" value, and thereby reduce energy consumption for heating and cooling. Foamseal E-Z Fill Plus Window Foam improves the thermal efficiency of windows by 3 to 8 percent, compared to window frames without foam, said ITW Futura Coatings. The foam also has flame-retardant properties.
ITW Futura Coatings claims to be a market leader in window foams, producing 90 percent of the foam used in replacement windows manufactured in the US and Canada. Its window foams and other polyurethane foams are produced in its Oxford, Michigan facility.