Practicing building science, also known as a “systems approach,” means accounting for the ways all building components interact, including the foundation, walls, roofs, doors, windows, insulation and mechanical systems. Doing so is critical to optimise building performance and prevent building failures. Last but not least the building occupants must be educated to behave properly to limit energy losses; the most optimised building with the best insulation will be useless if the occupants do not respect the environment. The principles of building science include:
- Creating a continuous air barrier combined with proper mechanical ventilation
- Providing thermal resistance and limiting heat bridges
- Managing moisture
- Improving indoor air quality
- Using appropriate heating systems
Spray foam insulation addresses all of these principles to help building and design professionals practice building science techniques with ease. The benefits are verified through extensive research and testing performed on all Lapolla products worldwide.