Houston, Texas - The US group Energy & Environmental Building Alliance has added Jim Lambach, head of Spray Foam Technology at Bayer MaterialScience llc, to its board. EEBA is a body that provides resources and training to encourage best practices among house builders.
Lambach brings to EEBA his knowledge of spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation and how builders can maximise its effectiveness in the total building assembly to create a high-performing home.
Bayer is also a sponsor of EEBA's 'Houses That Work,' programme, a national training approach for builders, which focuses on residential building science to improve the performance, efficiency, durability and air quality of the completed home.
Bayer said it has long advocated an approach using 'whole-house building science,' as the major factor to achieve improved energy efficiency and overall performance. Lambach's position with EEBA will help Bayer bring this message directly to builders.
"US Department of Energy reports tell us that nearly half of the energy used to heat and cool American homes is wasted," commented Renee Zierden, general manager, BMS' Spray Insulation and Roofing Materials, in a release noting Lambach's appointment.
"Of course we advocate SPF insulation as the insulation of choice for high-performance homes. But more importantly, we want to educate builders on the importance of designing a home as a total system. For example, if a home has insulation like SPF that minimises air 'leaking' out or in, the builder can then specify a smaller HVAC system and operate it at peak efficiency. All the parts should complement each other to achieve maximum performance."