The California Energy Commission (CEC) recently passed legislation to recognize open cell spray foam as an energy efficient insulation for homes and low-rise residential complexes in California. Builders and home owners who use open cell spray foam insulation can now qualify for California energy tax credits and utility rebates. Knez Building Materials Co. highlights the latest on the open cell spray foam from California.
Open cell spray foam insulation is now part of the CEC’s 2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards and its Alternative Quality Insulation Installation Procedures. Members of the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) California Task Group worked with CEC staff to help pass this new energy efficiency legislation on open cell spray foam in the state. Closed cell spray foam insulation continues to be recognized as an energy compliant form of insulation in the state.
“Open cell spray foam insulation, which has a lower R-value than closed cell foam, is ideal for vaulted ceilings, under floors, and sound barrier projects,” says John Knez, III. “Both open cell and closed cell spray foam insulations enhance a home’s energy efficiency by preventing air infiltration…It makes a lot of sense from a building perspective.”
California builders and home owners can apply for the energy credit after a Home Energy Rating System rater verifies the open cell spray insulation foam meets the Alternative Quality Insulation Installation Procedures inspection criteria, part of the CEC’s 2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards.
The open cell spray foam insulation can be applied to ceilings, floors, wood framed walls, metal framed walls, and roofs. For more information, read the official “Alternative Quality Insulation Installation Procedures for Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) Insulation: Medium-Density Closed Cell and Low-Density Open Cell SPF” document available on the CEC website.
Check out this video from FOAM WEEK NEWS UPDATE for highlights on the CEC’s recognition of open cell spray foam.