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Green Spray Foam Insulation Alternatives


Spray foam insulation has a lot of benefits. It protects buildings from moisture intrusion, provides up to three times more insulation than that of traditional fiberglass, and saves a great deal in energy costs. Although beneficial to the environment, there is also research that implies spray foam can be detrimental to one’s health if not handled correctly.

Professional installers have the necessary equipment to protect themselves from methylene diphenyl diisocyanate, or MDI, a synthetic chemical found within many spray foam insulations. Even so, your typical homeowner and DIY-ers may not even be aware of the dangers, says Green Building Elements – dangers such as asthma, lung damage, and even death.

Green Building Elements suggests a variety of spray foam insulation alternatives that are both better for the environment as well as the people installing: soybean-based spray foam (does not include added chemicals such as MDI), castor oil spray foam, or cotton denim.