Washington, DC – The Spray Foam Coalition of the American Chemistry Council’s Center for the Polyurethanes Industry is to sponsor this year’s US Department of Energy Race to Zero student design competition.
The competition’s aim is to inspire students to create the next generation of zero-energy-ready homes that significantly reduce energy usage, and offset most, if not all, of the homes’ remaining energy needs with renewable energy.
In all, 36 teams from 27 colleges are competing, having entered market-ready designs for homes that are more energy efficient than the current standard of new home.
“[We are] proud to sponsor this event, as it provides examples of how spray polyurethane foam is an ideal building material for high-performance homes,” said Justin Koscher, the Coalition’s director. “Spray polyurethane foam is an excellent fit for net zero energy construction, because it helps to increase overall energy efficiency by adding high R-value thermal insulation to the building envelope, and reducing costly air leaks that can account for up to 40% of the heating and cooling loss in a typical home.”
Several of the successful designs in last year’s competition included spray polyurethane foam as an air sealant material, and as part of their insulation plans.