Basra, Iraq - Spray foam is helping keep the living conditions of soldiers in Iraq, where daytime temperatures can reach 55 deg C, far more bearable. At the same time it is cutting energy usage for cooling the living quarters of .
Multi-National Corps-Iraq has contracted a group from Honeywell International to apply insulation spray foam, called Terra Strong, to buildings and tents in eight operating bases in Multi-National Division - South, according to the US Army News Service. The foam is designed to seal tents and buildings and provide an insulator between the raw surface and the sun.
Military personnel in Iraq have been living in relative comfort in community housing and transient tents with air-conditioning (AC): but it is difficult to keep the tents sealed so the AC will work properly, the army points out. And even with AC, tents can get as hot as 38 deg C during a hot afternoon.
For the current project, the aim was to save energy "while making it more comfortable for personnel," said Air Force Captain Michael Griffeth, division engineers contract officer representative.
The $12.5-million project to apply SPF will include about 900 tents during the time the group will be operating in the region. "A contract officer will go out to an area and do a site survey and then the Terra Strong Application Team follows about two weeks later," said Griffeth.
Tom Harris, programme manager from Honeywell, explains that the process can save up to 50 percent in energy consumption and fuel costs. It will have the added benefit of employing 50 local national workers from areas around Iraq.
Harris said Honeywell has plans to open a location at Victory Base Complex in Baghdad to train the Iraqis on the equipment. "We'll be leaving the equipment behind," he explained, "so it can be used to improve the local living conditions and the economy."
PIC: Butch Kline, foam team 1 leader, and his Iraqi assistant Hamed, apply spray foam to the roof of a Contingency Operating Base Basra Medical Center tent 17 Oct. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Mullett