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Firms Team Up on New Foam Insulation

Monday, July 8, 2013

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A new closed-cell spray foam insulation is designed to seal the building envelope from air filtration, moisture, allergens and pollutants.

HOUZE ZERO Foam is the product of a partnership by building systems provider HOUZE Advanced Building Science Inc. and spray foam manufacturer Lapolla Industries Inc.

The product is designed to save energy "by adding an exceptionally high R-value insulation system to the comprehensive building envelope," the companies said in a product announcement.

Photos: HOUZE Advanced Building Science Inc.

The product has an E-84 Class I fire rating and International Code Council approval.

ZERO Foam can be spray applied to any shape and substrate using Honeywell's Enovate foam blowing agent, to "change the performance and comfort of every home in any climate and dramatically [improve] the energy efficiency of homes and buildings," the manufacturer reports.

The product has an E-84 Class I fire rating, International Code Council approval, and many other global approvals in Europe and Scandinavia, the companies say.

Building Performance

ZERO Foam was used in the construction of affordable, zero-energy HOUZE homes’ built last year in Independence Heights, TX, just north of Houston.

HOUZE Labs is currently working with Lapolla and Honeywell on research and development of new insulation technologies, said Doug Kramer, president and CEO of Lapolla Industries.


ZERO Foam is produced by HOUZE and Lapolla, using a blowing agent from Honeywell. The companies say they are pursuing other products.

Kramer said the companies "intend to continually innovate to stay ahead of the industry and produce products that will change the performance of homes and buildings.”

About the Companies

Houston-based Lapolla Industries, Inc. is a global manufacturer and supplier of spray polyurethane foam for insulation and coatings for commercial and residential applications.

Houston-based HOUZE is a privately owned investment company with subsidiary companies specializing in the commercialization of advanced building technologies, hybrid on-site power generation, energy management, nano-technology and real estate.

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Tagged categories: Building envelope; Building Envelope; Energy efficiency; Insulation; Lapolla Industries; Spray foam

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