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Icynene Insulation Dangers

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Icynene Insulation Dangers are something to consider when insulating your home

We are here to dispel the myths. 10 years ago people associated Spray Foam Insulation as an unknown, untested form of home insulation which could present danger to home-owners health and property. In 2016, the only Icynene insulation dangers you can encounter is not getting your home installed with it now.

Energy bills keep on rising and installing your home with an airtight insulation is a guaranteed way for you to combat the cost of heating.

Does spray foam insulation present a danger as it’s toxic?

As licensed Icynene installers, this is one of the most common questions we receive querying potential Icynene Insulation dangers.

Not all spray foam insulations are the same. With Icynene being new to the market it is commonly misconstrued with similar products such as Polyurethane.

Icynene is formed of 2 separate compounds which are injected into a wall, attic or other insulation space. Once applied in expands to over 100 times its size to fill in any air leakage points. The two compounds that combine are water and Isocyanate’s.

The EPA does NOT HAVE SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE to accurately assess or report on potential hazards, irritants or health risks of Isocyanate’s . However, it is commonly known that breathing in any chemical can be toxic, so we make sure we eliminate any risk with our application methods which are endorsed and completed through our supplier.

A statement from David Price, a leading environmental scientist in the indoor environment division of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stated:

“I think you have to be careful when you discuss the toxicity of spray foam, I have not seen any information at this point that there is any hazard to occupants.”

Although we take precautions on application, once the chemicals are inert that pose 0 health risk to home-owners.

If there are no Icynene insulation dangers, why do you wear protective suits?

Our installers are especially trained by Icynene to complete their job to a professional level and eliminate any possibility of danger on the job.

There is a small potential for harm in the installation phase, as our installers can complete up to 3 jobs a day we take all steps possible to eliminate any possible dangers which can arise on site. Once the foam has settled and is inert it is not harmful to humans at all.

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Icynene products have and health and safety record that excels the rest, this record spans over 25 years and covers over 350,000 insulation jobs of all sizes.

Does Icynene insulation pose a danger for electrical wiring if sprayed over?

No, there are no Icynene insulation dangers or threats posed from covering electrical wiring.  Dangers of overheating were initially found to be a cause of concern but due to its open cell and flexible make up, independent researchers have found that overheating of cables does NOT pose a danger.

Icynene can also be cut into without posing health risks if you want to move or add additional cables, but bear in mind that if you do this you could significantly affect the insulation of your home as Icynene provides an air seal to prevent heat loss.

Is there a danger of fire?

Rest assured that Icynene meets code requirements relating to fire safety. Icynene spray foam Classic plus 0 is a class 0 fire rated spray foam insulation that has achieved a surface spread of class 1 (test range class 1 is the best to class 4 being the worst and most dangerous).

It complies with the requirements for a Class 0 surface as defined in Paragraph A12(b) of Approved Document B ‘Fire Safety’, to the Building Regulations 200. It has a Class 1 surface spread of flame when tested to BS476 Part 7 1997; when tested to BS476 Part 6 1989 the material achieved a fire propagation index (I) of not more than 12 and subindex (i1) of not more than 6.

Is VAT rising on renewable energy products?

Not necessarily an Icynene insulation danger as such, but this will definitely be a danger to your future finances. As well as energy giants proposing to increase energy bills considerably by 2020, there is also the danger of Value Added Tax on renewable energy products increasing by 15% to 20%. If you are considering insulation your home it is best to invest now to prevent this potential rise from happening, it could increase the cost of an average install by around £1000.

What if something goes wrong? Will I be in danger?

No there will not be a problem if your install is completed by licensed Icynene suppliers. Insulation dangers can occur if the product is not applied correctly, luckily the vigorous and comprehensive training our team have to go through ensures that all spray foam installs are applied evenly and correctly with the correct amount of thickness.Icynene Insulation spray foam

In addition, buying for a licensed installer means that you will have a 25 year manufacturer’s warranty for added peace of mind.

Still cautious on Icynene insulation dangers? We recommend the following for continued use

Spray Foam Insulation has advantages and qualities that are near on impossible to replace, in fact other insulates such as fibreglass can face homeowners with additional dangers such as flammability, irritants and clogging up your loft space.

The EPA recommendations on using Spray Foam Insulation can be found here. This will give you government recognised safe approach on using Spray Foam.

If you are a homeowner or building manager or employee in a building in which SPF will be installed, follow EPA’s Steps to Control Exposure

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Answering your Icynene Problem or Danger Questions

How is Icynene installed?

Icynene insulation is a bespoke product and has to be installed to high specifications set by Icynene themselves. Due to this, Icynene spray foam insulation can only be installed by fully licensed contractors who are certified to to spray the formula into areas such as ceilings, floors, walls or crawlspaces. Factors such as spraying around plumbing fixings and electrical cables are one of the number of reasons you should always choose a certified contractor as although it is applicable to over 95% of surfaces, appliances such as cooker or shower cables need conduit or trunking cased around them to stop them overheating.

Can I install Icynene myself?

NO, Icynene dealers have to be certified to install the product and main distributors WILL NOT sell to anyone who is not trained, licensed or looking for a ‘Do It Yourself’ solution. You can find a full list of certified Icynene contractors here. If a company approaches you and they are not on this list they are not licensed to sell Icynene.

What Building Code approvals are there?

Icynene spray foam insulation has been under thorough testing and certified by a number of globally recognised boards. This means the product are certified to perform in areas including but not limited to, fire, emissions, transmission of sound and energy performance. Icynene products have received approval and testing from

  • The Canadian Construction Materials Center
  • The International Code Council Evaluation Service
  • The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials Uniform Evaluation Service.

Additional testing and evaluations have been conducted by

  • The Saskatchewan Research Council
  • The Institute for Research in Construction Health and Welfare Canada
  • The Ontario Ministry of Housing
  • Materials Evaluation Commission
  • The NAHB ResearchCenter
  • The Oak Ridge National Laboratories and the Florida Solar Energy Center.

In Europe, Icynene spray foam insulation have been assessed by the

  • British Board of Agrément
  • ATec: Avis Technique
  • The EEA: European Economic Area
  •  VTT: European Technical Approval.

Is Icynene economically friendly?

Yes, Icynene is economically friendly. It will improve your homes EPC rating exponentially by reducing the power used by heating and cooling devices such as boilers, air conditioners and fans. Advantages of improving your homes EPC rating are that you are helping the environment, a necessity in today’s world as we are consuming fossil fuels at an unsustainable rate. Icynene can also improve the value of your property as homes with a higher EPC rating are more attractive to potential buyers. With mortgages be harder and harder to attain people have to be more pragmatic about their choice of property, by installing Icynene you are offering an added incentive for potential property buyers.

Does Icynene act as a soundproof barrier

By creating an airtight seal Icynene can perform well for soundproofing. If you live in a city or near a busy road then traffic or outside noise can be a nuisance. Many houses that are not detached
can also have the issue of thin walls where you can hear your neighbours conversation, arguments or other noises such as music come through, this can be distracting for you and your family and can take the relaxing atmosphere out of your home. Soundproofing with Icynene can be an ideal solution to combat this.

Alternatively, you can prevent sound from escaping your home. This can be beneficial if you like to play your music loudly without complaints, or if you just want peace of mind that no one will overhear your personal conversations. If you really want peace of mind in the home then you can read more about the soundproofing qualities of Icynene here.

Why should I choose Icynene over traditonal insulation materials such as fibreglass?

Being developed in the 1930’s, Fibreglass is outdated, a home for rodents and an irritant to the skin. Fibreglass collects moisture from the air and can cause damp, preventive measures need to be put in place to stop moisture collecting in fibreglass in the form of a vapour barrier. If you install Icynene you need no additional preventative measures to protect from moisture as the air tight seal prevents and residue from collecting. There are also reports that insulation such as fibreglass can contain carcinogenic properties.

Icynene is economically friendly and once installed it will not have any airborne particles floating about your attic space as it solidifies and sets upon spray application.

How can Icynene deter rodents?

Icynene will deter rodents from your property by not giving them a chance to nest. Fibreglass is the perfect home for rodents such as mice and rats and you will find that they make these the perfect homes for there families. Another problem you find with rodents is that they can leave waste in places not accessible by humans such as small spaces in the attic. As well as deterring rodents Icynene can also fill these small gaps so you have peace of mind that your home is protected. Rats have also been known to chew through pipes and wires which can be a very costly problem to solve!

Will Icynene stop damp arising in my property?

YES, Icynene will stop damp effecting your property. Mould spores, moisture and damp in a house can cause serious side effects and disruption to everyday life and is an issue that can be addressed immediately with Icynene foam.  Our team of insulation installers can provide home-owners or commercial business owners an eco-friendly, non-toxic solution to traditional insulation methods such as Polyurethane.

Advantages of Icynene?

Builder, property planners, architects and home-owners can drastically reduce construction time, with most properties being installed in under a day to a high standard. Icynene also solves issues such as human error whilst insulating reducing the number of callbacks builders have to make when properties are not as airtight as they first planned. Tests such as blower door tests show that houses insulated with Icynene and without a suitable polyurethane vapour barrier perform well under target, at a measure of 1.2 ACH @50 Pa. depressurisation. Some of the most efficient energy saving home programs have to meet a target of 1.5 ACH @ 50 Pa rating, as set by building programs such as R-2000 in Canada, the home of Icynene.

With Icynene spray foam you can feel the benefits straight away, with energy bills being reduced by up to 50% instantly. It works by creating a solid thermal barrier, this keeps your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Furthermore it also eliminates draught spots by filling areas previously unreachable by traditional insulations. As well as this it also offer soundproofing qualities and structural support (with our open cell product).

What is the composition of Icynene?

Icynene spray foam products in the UK are completely water blown and contain no harmful chemicals which are known to irritate or damage the body. The product is derived from petroleum extract and contains no VOC emission after 30 days verified by extensive testing from third party organisations.

How long does the foam take to set?

After application, Icynene expands to up to 100 times its original size in under 10 seconds. It takes less than 24 hours for the formula to become completely inert and cured.

Does Icynene absorb water?

Icynene is an open cell product, meaning that it allows water vapour to dissipate through it. This means any moisture that collected on your timbers, concrete or offset from appliances such as showers can pass through the foam and release into the outside. This helps eliminate damp problems which can arise from build up of moisture within a property.

Will Icynene change over time?

No, once Icynene is set it will keep its form. This means it will not change colour, degrade, or lose its insular value.

Is Icynene flammable?

It depends on what product you go for and should be discussed with an installer. If you want to find out for yourself you can visit the official Icynene website for full technical and product data.

Does Icynene contain any toxic PBDE flame retardents?

No, Icynene have made a commitment to provide home-owners with economically friendly solutions that do not harm the environment and we are continuing to work on this. No PBDE’s (poly-brominated diphenyl ethers) are containded in Icynene formulas.

Is Icynene corrosive?

No, Icynene insulation is non corrosive. This has been confirmed by extensive testing taken on behalf of Icynene.

I see smoke in videos when spray, what does this contain?

No, Icynene have made a commitment to provide home-owners with economically friendly solutions that do not harm the environment and we are continuing to work on this. No PBDE’s (poly-brominated diphenyl ethers) are containded in Icynene formulas.

How is Icynene installed?

Icynene has to be installed be a fully licensed and trained contractor, Icynene will not sell to anyone that isn’t certified under their scheme. Once the team has arrived at your property and carefully prepared the two part mixture they will spray it evenly into ceilings, attics, crawlspaces or wherever else you have chosen. When spray into a roof the foam expands at 100:1 but when insulating cavity walls the situation is poured in rather then sprayed. This is usually done with a slightly different formula  and a ‘drill and fill’ method, which expands at a slower rate of 60:1 to prevent any damage to the structure of a building.

Are there any electrcial wiring or overheating problems?

No, not if installed correctly. Icynene has been extensively tested for safety and has been applied over plumbing and electrical runs for over 25 years. There are some exceptions to this including shower cables or cooker, however trained Icynene contractors will identify this and if needs be will install conduit around the wiring to protect from any overheating occurring.