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Spray Polyurethane Foam Life Cycle Assessment Summary For Residential Insulation and Commercial Roofing Spray Polyurethane Foam Saves Energy and Reduces Environmental Impact Life cycle assessment shows SPF insulation significantly reduces energy and environmental impact when evaluated over the entire life cycle. The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) completed a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of open and closed-cell spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation in buildings to quantify cradle-to-end of life energy and environmental impacts across the entire life cycle. The LCA was conducted to assure builders, designers, and consumers that the products are indeed part of a responsible and effective energy and environmental construction solution. SPFA conducted two studies to complete this LCA effectively: one focused on embodied energy and the environmental impact of manufacturing SPF products, and the second focused on the energy use phase of SPF products. The fi rst study was performed in accordance with ISO 14040/44. The second study followed recognized whole building energy modeling methods to estimate the use-phase impact of SPF in residential and commercial buildings and was also independently validated. Together, these results create a picture of the overall energy and environmental impact of SPF products. As part of the LCA, SPFA evaluated the impact of three SPF products (low- and medium-density wall foams and medium-density roof foam) in residential and commercial buildings. A formal independent critical review was conducted in accordance with the ISO 14040 series of LCA standards, plus further technical input and review included broad participation of SPFA members and industry representatives A complete 48-page report containing details of the SPF Life Cycle Assessment can be obtained from the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance website at www.sprayfoam.org. Founded in 1987 originally as the Polyurethane Foam Contractors Division, the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) is the voice as well as the educational and technical resource for the spray polyurethane foam industry. 4400 Fair Lakes Court, Suite 105 Fairfax, VA 22033 P: 800.523.6154 F: 703.222.5816 www.sprayfoam.org www.sprayfoam.org | SPRAYFOAM PROFESSIONAL 29 http://www.sprayfoam.org http://www.sprayfoam.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Spray Foam Professional - Winter 2012

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S CORNER
PRESIDENT’S POST
FOAM BUSINESS NEWS
SPFA TODAY
SAFETY FIRST
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
SPFA CONVENTION & EXPO
ANATOMY OF A CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT SUMMARY
ASK THE EXPERT
UPCOMING EVENTS
INDEX OF ADVERTISERS

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