Sacramento, California -- At a 14 Dec 2011 meeting of the California Energy Commission (CEC) meeting held 14 Dec 2011, commissioners voted unanimously to recognise open-cell spray foam (OCSPF) as an accepted insulation.
As a result, OCSPF will now be included in the CEC's 2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards, "Alternative Quality Insulation Installation (QII) Procedure for Spray Polyurethane Foam Insulation: Medium-Density Closed Cell and Low-Density Open Cell SPF," as proposed by the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA).
This means that any home or low-rise residential building insulated with open-cell spray foam installed to the new SPF QII standard is eligible for a variety of state energy tax credits and utility rebates.
This decision by the CEC enables OCSPF to join closed-cell spray foam and other insulations already recognised by California's 2008 energy code.
The decision was the result of several months of collaboration between CEC staff and members of the SPFA California Task Group.