General Information about Spray Polyurethane Foam

NEW REPORT: The Contributions of Insulation to the U.S. Economy in 2016: The use of insulation in U.S. homes in businesses saves energy, putting more money in the pockets of households and business owners.

What is Spray Polyurethane Foam: An infographic visually explaining spray polyurethane foam (SPF), how it is applied, and in what applications it is used. Provides information about some of the chemicals that are essential to the products used in architecture, building and construction. For more information about polyurethanes, visit the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI). CPI provides homeowners, contractors, weatherization contractors, builders, and do-it-yourselfers with facts about spray polyurethane foam and safety and health information about spray polyurethane foam (SPF) application.

CPI’s Chemical Health & Safety Training: Learn more about CPI’s free online training program available to applicators and helpers working with high pressure and low pressure SPF, available in English and Spanish.

Check your SPF contractor’s training status: Ask your SPF contractor for their CPI Chemical Health & Safety Training ID number to verify that he or she completed the training course. : The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) represents spray foam contractors, applicators, and others in the spray polyurethane foam industry. SPFA also publishes a digital magazine called Spray Foam Professional. The National Roofing Contractors Association provides more information about spray polyurethane foam roofing systems. The Insulation Contractors Association of America provides information about insulation, including spray polyurethane foam.


Importance of Using a Trained SPF Installer Although these programs vary in focus, the shared goal is to provide individuals installing SPF with the information to enhance the professional knowledge, skills, and abilities to install SPF safely.


Energy Efficiency Green Building Solutions provides readers with information about “green building” design and construction that can create healthier and more energy-efficient homes.

Energy Star: Seal and Insulate: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides information about sealing and insulating homes to reduce energy usage.

Energy Savings Found from Spray Foam in Side-by-Side Construction: The Spray Foam Coalition provides a summary of a study conducted as part of the U.S. Department of Energy Building American Program, which compares energy usage of homes with and without spray foam insulation.

Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency: This database compiles federal, state, and local incentives for renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Why Spray Polyurethane Foam: An infographic that highlights energy efficiency and other benefits of using spray polyurethane foam (SPF).



Reroofing with Spray Foam:” provides an article by James Morehead from the March 2006 issue of the Journal of Light Construction about using spray foam on low slope roofs.


Information about Building Codes

2012 IECC Codes Build on 2009 Improvements: ”An article by Ryan Spencer in the March/April 2012 issue of Spray Foam Roofing & Insulation Magazine about airtightness requirements in the 2012 version of the International Energy Conservation Code.

Polyurethane Products: Overview of U.S. Model Building Code Fire Performance Requirements: CPI provides information about fire performance building codes, including code requirements that address SPF insulation.


Applicator Health & Safety CPI provides homeowners, contractors, weatherization contractors, builders, and do-it-yourselfers with facts about SPF and safety and health information about SPF application.

Working Safely with Low-Pressure SPF Insulation: CPI’s video provides general guidance for professionals on the application of low-pressure spray polyurethane foam. It is intended as a supplement to other job safety information already available such as specialized training, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), product label information and other materials.

Fire Safety Guidance: Working with Polyurethane Foam Products During New Construction, Retrofit and Repair: A bulletin on fire safety considerations that construction trades can take when performing “hot work” around polyurethane and polyisocyanurate insulations.

Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) Professional Certification Program: Launched in 2013 by the SPFA, the SPFA Professional Certification Program is training for professional SPF installers. It is available at four different levels in Insulation and Roofing categories.


Case Studies and Examples of SPF Usage

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.

Save Energy, Save our Troops:” This January 12, 2011 New York Times article describes the Department of Defense’s use of SPF to insulate troop living quarters in Afghanistan, which increased energy efficiency while helping to save taxpayer dollars, and there were a reduced number of troops transporting fuel through dangerous areas.