Spray Polyurethane Foam Insulation and Building Code Requirements

Spray Polyurethane Foam insulation has become an important building material that enables the design and construction of buildings with ultra-high energy efficiency. The high insulation values keep occupants comfortable with minimal energy costs, and the air and vapor barrier properties sustain healthy indoor air quality by preventing the intrusion of pollution and allergens. SPF is ideal for resilient design practices in areas where flooding and hurricanes are common. New SPF products are formulated with next-generation blowing agents with ultra-low global warming potential and zero ozone depletion potential (ODP).


Learning Objectives:
  1. Summarize the three main methods of heat transfer and the role of insulation in maintaining an energy efficient building envelope, including its ability to manage heat, air, and moisture.
  2. Differentiate between open-cell and closed-cell SPF insulation and determine the correct SPF application for a specific project based on the thermal resistance and weatherizing needs of a building.
  3. Identify and compare common types of insulation and discuss the factors to consider when selecting insulation.
  4. Describe the physical and performance attributes of SPF insulation and explain how it can add structural strength to a wall system, improve indoor air quality, prevent air intrusion, and reduce a building’s overall heat loss.
Education Content: Intermediate
Course Accreditation:
American Institute of Architects (AIA) | 1 AIA LU/HSW | Course Number: SPF301-CSFIe
International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC) | 1 IIBEC CEH