Spray Polyurethane Foam: The Evolution of Building Insulation

Sponsored by Icynene-Lapolla
Continuing Education

Learning Objectives - After this course, you should be able to:

  1. Explain the benefits of and the differences between open-cell spray foam insulation and closed-cell spray foam insulation.
  2. Describe the most appropriate applications for open-cell and closed-cell spray foam in commercial designs.
  3. Describe how spray foam insulation can be used in assemblies requiring fire resistance.
  4. Define the differences between thermal barriers and ignition barriers, and explain insulation fire ratings.


AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
AANB 1 Hour of Core Learning
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
NSAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
OAA 1 Learning Hour
NLAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.

This course is part of the Education Academy

Of all the different insulation options available today in commercial construction, spray foam can provide outstanding thermal performance while also contributing to air sealing, moisture control, and even structural integrity. This learning unit will provide an overview of spray foam insulation, how it differs from conventional insulation types, its most appropriate applications, and how the material is allowed to be used in fire-resistant construction.

Building exterior featuring aluminum trim.

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