Houston, Texas -- Lapolla Industries Inc. said 23 Sept that its two pound spray foam insulation has exceeded the new attic and crawl space test criteria -- the Modified NFPA 286 test -- required by ICC Evaluation Service, Inc.
"This credential represents a new era in testing and product approval for spray foam insulation. Lapolla has now set a new benchmark by exceeding the newly required criteria, without an ignition barrier, as set forth by the International Code Council," said Douglas Kramer, president and ceo of Lapolla, in a company announcement.
Lapolla's medium-density closed-cell spray foam insulation, Foam-LOK (FL2000) and AirTight CC, is installed as a non-structural component of attic and crawl spaces, primarily in residential uses. The spray-applied material expands to help seal the building envelope.
This means that conditioned indoor air cannot escape and unconditioned air cannot enter the building, said Lapolla, adding that "Uncontrolled air flow in a building can be responsible for as much as 40 percent of energy loss."
According to Lapolla, spray foam is "a cost-effective solution providing improved occupant comfort, better air quality, and greater energy savings over conventional insulation systems."
Kramer also pointed out that, "Building inspectors and code officials rely upon ICC-ES as a validation resource. The Modified NFPA 286 test criteria not only sets new standards for safety, but further differentiates Lapolla's superior product performance and competitive economics by being the only spray foam product today, to the best of our knowledge, that does not require an ignition barrier to meet code."
Houston-based Lapolla makes spray foam insulation, coatings, and equipment designed to reduce energy consumption in residential and commercial construction, both for new projects and retrofit applications.