Phenolic Foam Insulation Benefits

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Phenolic Foam Insulation Benefits
Using phenolic foam provides significant CO2 reduction. (ecology image by dead_account from Fotolia.com)

Approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its 5 per cent recycled material content, phenolic insulation foam offers advantages that include multipurpose applications on land and sea. Whether protecting oil and gas pipes from corrosion or optimising heating and cooling in buildings and homes, phenolic insulation foam maintains superior performance.

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Versatility

Suitable for a broad range of uses, phenolic insulation foam cuts into any desired shape and size including half sections, foil-faced laminate duct board, flange and valve box covers. Phenolic foam works with roofing, plasterboard dry lining systems and floor insulation as well. Factory-engineered composite panels of the foam joined with double-sided steel facings create insulation applications for food processing factories, cold storage and hospitals.

Environmental

According to the European Phenolic Foam Association (EPFA), compared to other insulation materials, using phenolic foam provides significant CO2 (carbon) reduction. The EPFA further reports using phenolic insulation affords the ability to play a considerable role in meeting the United Nations 2004 Kyoto Protocol, targeting 37 industrialised countries to reduce greenhouse gases by 2012.

Phenolic Foam Insulation Benefits
Using phenolic foam provides significant CO2 reduction. (ecology image by dead_account from Fotolia.com)

Fire Reaction

Properly applied phenolic insulation foam, according to the EPFA, meets or exceeds international building insulation and fire regulations. Phenolic foam insulation makes exceptional fire doors and panels because of both its low flame and smoke reaction to fire. With factory engineered composite panels, the EPFA reports phenolic foam achieves two hours of insulation integrity when furnace tested.

Phenolic Foam Insulation Benefits
Phenolic insulation has low flame and smoke reaction to fire. (fire image by Fotocie from Fotolia.com)

Moisture Resistant

Phenolic insulation foam systems ensure limited water enters through any puncture in the material vapour barrier because of the non-wicking properties of the insulation. Non-wicking ensures no moisture build up occurs to compromise the system by limiting water accumulation to the puncture area only. Low water vapour seepage makes this insulation foam low in water absorption.

Phenolic Foam Insulation Benefits
Low water vapour seepage makes phenolic low in water absorption. (Clean water and water bubbles in blue image by Suto Norbert from Fotolia.com)

Structural Strength

Though lightweight, higher density Phenolic insulation foam offers structural strength to steel faced composites of walk-on ceilings. Both pipe and duct supports made from phenolic brand insulation remain structurally stable whether above or under water.

Thermal

Phenolic foams gives an array of advantages in thermal performance. With correct applications, Phenolic foam supplies up to 50 per cent more thermal efficiency than other common insulation products resulting in reduced long-term energy costs. Presenting higher thermal efficiency with reduced thickness over other insulation materials, Phenolic foams save valuable space.

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