Is spray foam harmful to the environment? It depends. There are people who are very particular about using materials that can contribute to the destruction of our planet. Not all spray foam is bad for the earth. At Burton & Clark, we’ve recently completed an insulation application project for a commercial building in Culver City in Los Angeles where we used a biodegradable type of spray foam.
Earth-Friendly Commercial Building in Los Angeles
Burton & Clark Construction, Inc. was recently hired to install spray foam insulation in a five-story commercial building in Culver City, Los Angeles. Culver City and Santa Monica are areas in Southern California that are really pushing for more earth-friendly infrastructures. Ordinances in these places require contractors to make sure that the new buildings they construct are sustainable, and the materials used in construction should be organic and biodegradable.
Biodegradable Spray Foam Application
There are many kinds of spray foam products on the market, and they’re differentiated from each other by their color. Because of the strict requirements for constructing commercial building in Los Angeles, California, our team of technicians had to carefully choose the brand to use for this project.
To make sure that we meet the requirements of using an environmentally safe material, our technicians used a biodegradable type of spray foam. The product is derived from soybeans, and it is manufactured by Demilec. This two-pound, closed cell type of foam is as reliable as other polyurethane spray products. It is capable of efficiently sealing areas from air and water infiltration. Just like other types of spray foam, this soybean-based material adds structural integrity to a building, and is an environmentally sound insulation solution.
Lowering Utility Costs by Increasing Strength of Insulation
Our spray foam technicians applied four inches of biodegradable polyurethane to the entire five-story building. The prescriptive value of the four-inch foam is R26, but its performance value is like an R50. This means that the spray foam applied performs just like an R50 foam, although it actually is just an R26. It effectively seals gaps and cracks, so that air is kept out. Because of its capacity to completely keep the structure air-tight, the building’s insulation value increases. Consequently, the costs of managing temperature inside the building decrease.
Commercial vs. Residential Building Spray Foam Application Projects
Commercial building projects differ from residential jobs mainly in scale. Commercial establishments are bigger, and they often require thicker insulation. The Culver City commercial building, for example, was a massive assignment. There were five buildings that the team of spray foam technicians had to cover, and there were several change orders that needed to be completed.
In the image above, you can see the exterior of the building and the construction elevator. As part of a change order, our polyurethane foam technicians were required to apply spray foam all around the soffits. This included spraying underneath the soffits. In the photo, you can see the green foam insulation in the image under the soffits. Biodegradable spray foam was applied to all the outside soffit areas. The picture can give you an insight on the scale of work that had to be completed for this project in Culver City.
Burton and Clark Construction, Inc. is geared up to handle all kinds of establishments, from small residential buildings to very large projects like this commercial structure in Culver City, Los Angeles.
Spray Foam Insulation Expert in Los Angeles
Spray foam is a material that has to be installed by an insulation professional. An experienced polyurethane installation technician knows how to properly apply the product, so that it effectively seals the walls or ceiling of a building.
At Burton & Clark Construction, Inc. our technicians have many years of experience in providing polyurethane spray foam application services for both commercial and residential buildings in Los Angeles, California. We provide installation services for walls, ceilings, and roofing systems. For more information about our products and services, call us today at +1 (855) 226-5577!