Spray foam insulation tipped to help tackle fuel poverty

THE British Urethane Foam Contractors Association (BUFCA) has urged specifiers and landlords to evaluate the energy performance of their housing during the Big Energy Saving Week.

BUFCA, which represents the spray foam industry,  said fuel poverty can be tackled by increasing insulation levels.

“Spray applied or injected polyurethane foam will provide far better insulation than the equivalent thickness of most insulation materials,” the organisation said. “The foam, spray-applied at rafter level, together with the existing 100mm layer of insulation at joist level, brings the thermal performance right up to today’s stringent standards and even avoids the need to ventilate the roof space.

“Injected cavity wall insulation provides an insulating barrier and provides stability to the walls, avoiding the expensive job of replacing wall ties. The foam is also beneficial in hard-to-treat properties which are unsuitable for other materials, or for homes at risk of flooding, where other products might not survive. Due to the expanding properties of the foam, air leakage, draughts and cold spots are eliminated, providing superior energy-saving insulation and carbon savings.”