Mount Airy, North Carolina - NCFI Polyurethanes has contributed its InsulBloc spray foam insulation for the construction of a new LEED standard library at Norfolk State Universary in Virginia.
The library was designed by Moseley Architects and built by SB Ballard Construction to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards to reduce energy and water use, improve indoor air quality and promote the wise use of materials, NCFI said in a 25 Aug announcement. The design also called for increased wall and roof insulation to reduce energy costs.
Applied Energy Saving Systems (AESS), who insulated the library, noted that more architects are specifying foam insulation.
"It's just plain. Spray foam has an exceptional R-value, is monolithic so there are no seams, fills cracks and crevices and leaves no air space when it cures. Plus, on this job there is a beautiful gradual radius turn (curved walls), and only spray foam can accommodate that," said Frank Hughes, insulation specialist with Mount Pleasant, South Carolina firm AESS.
"Frank and AESS sprayed 2.5 inches of InsulBloc on the exterior and that will certainly help lower their energy costs, improve indoor air quality and provide a consistently comfortable environment for students and faculty," commented Mitch Clifton from NCFI.
The library will also feature low-emissivity glazing, carbon dioxide sensors to assist in providing adequate ventilation and reflective standing-seam metal roofing to reduce building cooling loads."