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Slowing Climate Change with Foam in Construction and Insulation

Foam is applied in various manners in the construction and insulation of buildings. Read on to discover how it's used and its benefits regarding slowing climate change across the planet. However, before you go further, do know that here at Easyfoam, we can provide you with your choice of size and shape polyurethane foam to suit your needs. No matter what density you need, we will cut your order to size.

Foam can help with climate change

Climate change is beginning to affect us all. Far more rain is falling, leading to dangerous and life-threatening flash floods right across Europe. Without adequate insulation, the heat that should be keeping our homes warm is escaping. The earth is being heated rather than us. Heat loss is a waste of money and negatively contributing to our weather issues.

In the summer of 2021, we saw some terrible flooding occurring in Italy, Spain and France, in many cases in places that had never witnessed life-threatening flooding before. With climate change being of such concern these days, it's becoming increasingly apparent that it's vital to insulate buildings against heat loss. Not only can foam help prevent the loss of energy, but it can also mean that we don't have to be entirely dependent on foreign energy supply. The energy made in the UK can then be used more conservatively, making better use of it.

There are around 160 million buildings in Europe, and these require 40% of the continent's energy consumption. They also account for 36% of our carbon emissions. Housing is a form of construction continually being developed and added to towns and cities across the UK. Being aware of different insulation options can mean you get a better solution at a better price.

There are two leading foams used in construction – polyurethane and EPDM. Let's find out what they can do to help any buildings that you're in the process of constructing.

Why use Polyurethane foam in buildings?

There are many reasons why polyurethane foam should be used in buildings. For example, the durability of polyurethane means that it will last the life span of the building, providing foam insulation that increases the home's energy efficiency. Polyurethane foam can be used to reduce carbon emissions. It can reduce heat loss in the winter and contribute to keeping our homes cooler in the summer. Polyurethane foam can be used inside cavity walls, under roofs, floors, and for the insulation of pipes and boilers.

Why use EPDM foam in buildings?

In addition to polyurethane, another popular foam is EPDM – the full name is ethylene propylene diene monomer foam. Again, this is a closed-cell foam which is like a sponge rubber similar to polyurethane. It's moisture-resistant and highly durable, lasting the lifespan of the building. EPDM is both flexible and elastic, so it's ideal to use for insulating roofs and walls. It's also flame-retardant and waterproof and is weather-proof, and helps with the dampening of sound vibrations. It's a great all-rounder.

Get in touch with your construction project closed-cell foam needs. If you're looking for a foam to use in your construction work, contact us to discuss which foam might be the best solution for you. Foam is an excellent insulation material for both heat and sound for all construction projects.

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