FEMA Identifies Closed Cell Insulation as Flood Resistant Material

FEMA Identifies Closed Cell Insulation as Flood Resistant Material

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Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 8:00am

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Selecting a high-perfomance medium-density spray foam insulation solution can ensure your home is better protected against potential damage from bulk water ingress. Medium-density spray foam insulation, like Icynene ProSeal, can be used as a water-resistant barrier to deflect bulk moisture away. As a closed cell spray foam, Icynene ProSeal is certified as a Low-Emitting Material (LEM) as per CHPS EQ 2.2 Section 01350.

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) identifies closed-cell spray foam insulation as a flood-resistant material ideal for use in coastal homes due to its resilience and strength. FEMA defines any flood-resistant material as “any building material capable of withstanding direct and prolonged contact with floodwaters without sustaining significant damage.”  Included among the list of flood-resistant materials is:

·       closed-cell spray foam

·       pressure-treated lumber

·       reinforced masonry

·       corrosion-resistant coated structural steel 

Icynene’s advanced closed-cell, medium-density spray foam insulation Icynene ProSeal™ sets a new benchmark in sprayability and performance. Icynene ProSeal™ offers a higher R-value and improved yield to meet today’s strict building code requirements making it ideal for residential applications. No other closed cell product matches the optimal performance of Icynene ProSeal.

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