Case Studies

A Tiny House That’s Big on Energy Efficiency:
The Plastics Make it Possible tiny house showcases innovative plastic building products that can improve energy efficiency in any size house–tiny or not-so-tiny. Innovations in building products made from plastics can help improve energy efficiency and drive down energy costs, in tiny and big houses. A key to energy efficiency is sealing the building “envelope,” the barrier between indoors and outdoors.

Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing Takes Center Stage in a Historic Theater’s Second Act:
PlayhouseSquare, a set of nine performance venues built in the 1920s, is the largest theater restoration project in the nation. The theater owners decided to use SPF as the single roofing solution for all of the buildings, including the 14th Street Theatre a total surface area of more than 250,000 square feet.

Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) 20-year Renovation: Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) is one of the largest two-year colleges in Kentucky and announced a major expansion plan in May 2010. The 20-year master plan will eventually consist of 14 to 17 buildings. BCTC wants the highest level of energy efficiency and healthy building performance for its new campus, and recognized the role spray polyurethane foam (SPF) could play in helping reach its goal.

US DOE High Performance Builder Spotlight in Olympia, WA:This case study demonstrates energy savings provided by a combination of features including closed-cell SPF ceiling insulation.

US DOE High Performance Builder Spotlight in Aspen, CO: This case study demonstrates the airtightness and thermal performance provided by the spray-foamed building envelope.

US DOE High Performance Builder Spotlight in San Antonio, TX:This case study shows how using spray foam insulation in a hot and humid climate can allow reductions in the size of air conditioning equipment, which provides savings on energy usage.

US DOE High Performance Builder Spotlight in Pine Mountain, GA: This case study shows how a tightly sealed building envelope, including a SPF insulated cathedral attic can provide energy savings in a mixed humid climate.