Why Foam

General Benifits:

  • Foam is “hands down” the finest insulation product you can use in your conventionally constructed building.
  • Unsurpassed air infiltration suppression (probably the number one source of building energy inefficiency).
  • High performance buildings have increased market value. If you can advertise your building or home uses 40+% less energy than an otherwise comparable building... Which would you buy?
  • If you're looking ahead at reducing the never ending and increasingly expensive cash outlay for energy needed to heat and cool your building, the math is irrefutable. You will save buckets of $s during the time you occupy your home or commercial building. Enough in fact to totally recoup the added cost of doing the insulation job correctly with our foam in the first place.
  • Terrific R-Values 3.6 to 6.5 per inch (open and closed cell formulations).

Contractor/Builder/Installer Benefits

* You can tout that you're using the Greenest of the Green Polyurethane Spray Foam Insulation (Locally/Regionally Manufactured). Aloha Energy has the highest Bio-Renewable content Spray Foam Insulation in the United States (Soy, Castor Bean, Sugar and Water Blown)

* Cost competitive with petrochemical based spray foam insulation.

* Perfect for New and Existing Construction.

* Increases contractor profits by reducing construction time and labor. Also can bypass other expenses like polyethylene vapor barriers, “Tyvek” house wrap, caulking rim joists, attic venting systems, etc....

* Easily reach any Energy Star ratings and greatly assists with LEEDS point generation.

* Faster installation than Fiber Glass Batt or Foam Board Insulation, higher air infiltration barrier than cellulose.

* Complete Air, Vapor, Moisture Sealing in one product

Building Owner Benefits

* Highest return on investment for any building technology: 40+% energy savings every year.

* Building owner can recoup entire extra cost of insulating with foam on $s saved in 3 to 5 years.

* Highest Insulation Value (R-Values per inch)

Important Note: Properly insulating a building with Aloha-Energy Bio Renewable Spray Foam Insulation (or any polyurethane foam) necessitates the inclusion of a Heat/Energy Recovery Ventilator System to efficiently bring in fresh heated or cooled air from the outside. Check out our Tech Info Links Section for some recommended systems

Why Aloha

What can Aloha Energy provide that installers cannot get from other Spray Foam Manufacturers?

  • Easy to sell. Greenest of the green spray foam insulation. 48% to 51% Bio-Renewable Components on the "B" Side  (Soy Oil, Castor Oil, Sucrose and Water Blown), reduced carbon footprint, using locally manufactured product (Buy Local).

  • Wide Range of Formulations. 0.5 Spray, 0.5 Pour/Cavity Fill, 1.0 Spray (coming soon), 1.6 Injection for CIP and Freezer/Walk-In-Cooler Manufacturing, 1.8 Pour/Cavity Fill, 1.8 Spray

  • Low cost shipping. From Maine to Maryland 1 or 2 sets of foam delivered for $90 ($110 in the winter with freeze protection).

  • Faster and better service from a local family owned company.

  • Tech Support. Only 1 call away from talking to the actual design chemist behind the formulations. Only 1 call away from our senior equipment tech.

  • Recycle All Used Drums. We use recycled drums and drums made from recycled material as much as possible. We also take back all our empties and with our drum supplier refurbish and put them back in service as long as possible before finally recycling the steel and plastic, keeping it all in the loop.

  • Want to get in the business? We can custom build you a rig, service your existing equipment train you and help with your website, etc...

  • Custom Formulations. ex.) Customer needed closed cell 2lb slow rise for cavity fill application, we formulated and shipped within 3 days.

  • Competitive Standard Pricing and Quantity Discounts

  • LEEDs points for local manufacturing, within 500 miles of application site.

  • Lower construction costs (time and materials savings).

Read more about the benefits of Bio-renewable spray foam insulation for commercial building owners, home owners, builders – HERE

Tech Info Links

ALOHA ENERGY LINKS

Link to Aloha Energy Bio-renewable Spray and Injection Foam - Material Safety Data Sheets

Link to Aloha Energy Bio-renewable Spray and Injection Foam - Technical Data Sheets

DC-315 Specification Sheet

EcoStud Specification Sheet

Incentives -- State and Federal

Database for State and Federal Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency -- DSIRE
http://www.dsireusa.org/

Helpful Industry Links

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
http://www.nyserda.org

New York State Weatherization Directors Association
http://www.nyswda.org

Northeast Sustainable Energy Association
http://www.nesea.org

U.S. Green Building Council
Buyer's Guide to Green Home Insulation

Polyurethane Spray Foam Association
http://www.pfa.org

National Insulation Association
http://www.Insulation.org

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association
http://www.aamanet.org

U.S. Department of Energy
http://www.doe.gov/engine/content.do

Energy Star
http://www.energystar.gov

National Association of Home Builders
http://www.nahb.org

Spray Polyurethane Foam: Health and Safety
http://www.americanchemistry.com/s_api/SF_index.asp

Energy Star
http://www.energystar.gov

Energy Star Air Sealing Savings
http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=home_sealing.hm_improvement_sealing

Building Performance Institute
http://www.bpi.org/home.aspx

Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET)
http://www.resnet.us

LEED
http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CategoryID=19

Green Business Bureau
http://www.gbb.org

Energy Conservation Websites and Companies

Energy Saver Guy
http://www.energysaverguy.com

Treehugger.com
http://www.treehugger.com

Good Guide.com
http://www.googguide.com

TRC Energy Services
http://www.trcsolutions.com/Pages/default.aspx

EnergySavvy.com
http://www.Energy Savvy.com

Green Home Products and Services

Wellhome
http://www.wellhome.com/home

Green Irene
http://www.greenirene.com

Green Depot
http://www.greendepot.com/greendepot

Green Technology Industry Media Websites

Greentech Media
http://www.greentechmedia.com

Renewable Energy World
http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/home

AIA COTE - American Institute of Architects, Committee on the Environment

ASHRAE - American Society of Heating, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineers

BOMI - Building Owners and Management Association

NARI - National Association of the Remodeling Industry

NAHB - National Association of Home Builders

Energy Efficiency

ACI - Affordable Comfort

NEEP - Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership

NECA - Northeast Energy and Commerce Association

Renewable Energy

ACORE - American Council on Renewable Energy

ASES - American Solar Energy Society

AWEA - American Wind Energy Association

NHA - National Hydropower Association

SEBANE - Solar Energy Business Association of New England

SEIA - Solar Energy Industry Association

Government - Federal

NREL - National Renewable Energy Laboratory

US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

US House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce

DOE - US Department of Energy (DOE)

US DOE EERE - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

US EPA - US Environmental Protection Agency

F.A.Q.

1. What does Bio-renewable mean?

Aloha Foam is produced from plant-based and recycled renewable resources such as soy, castor and sugar. Our foam has the Highest Percentage of renewable resource ingredients in the industry, over 50& on the “B’ side.

2. Is Bio-renewable spray foam more expensive than Petroleum only spray foam insulation?

Sometimes no, sometimes yes; depends on commodity markets (soy, castor beans, sugar...) and the price of oil. Historically within 10% +or- as a rule, of actual cost, but always less if you consider the entire cost to the environment of using our limited petroleum reserves to make it the other way.

3. How does bio-renewable spray foam insulation compare to petroleum based spray foam insulation?

Aloha Energy’s bio-renewable spray foam produces significantly less effect on the environment. Its use of soy, sugar and castor in place of petrochemicals reduces its carbon footprint. Using water as the "blowing agent" as opposed to petrochemical based blowing agents results in lower effective greenhouse gas emissions, increased pre-installation product stability at a wider range of temperatures and a longer shelf life.

4. How does spray Foam Insulation save on energy costs?

Spray Foam insulation saves on energy costs and lowers utility bills. Spray Foam Insulation is used to seal the entire “building envelope” of your home to prevent air and moisture infiltration. The US Department of Energy (DOE) studies show that 40% of your home’s energy is lost due to air infiltration. This air infiltrates the home in the form of drafts through walls sockets, windows and doorways.

Monthly energy and utility savings of 30% or greater can be achieved when compared to the alternative roofing and insulation systems. The cost of a complete Spray Foam roof and wall insulation system can often be recovered in less than 5 years, simply through energy savings alone.

Often times no expensive building wrap or additional vapor protection is required during construction when using Spray Foam, saving money and labor yet again.

5. Does spray foam support bacterial or fungal growth?

Polyurethane Foam Insulation has zero food value for bacterial or fungal growth and since it also acts as an air and vapor barrier, along with the installation of an HRV/ERV system, accurate control of fresh air and moisture levels in the home can be gained thereby avoiding the conditions that promote the growth of dangerous mold and mildew in the home.

6. Do insects and vermin eat spray foam insulation?

Unlike wood, spray foam offers no food value to them but like wood it would not present a sufficient barrier to their entry if they decided to chew through it (but with a solid castor content it won't taste very good).

7. What’s the difference between open and closed cell foam?

Open Cell Foam Insulation is a somewhat porous material that can allow water vapor to penetrate the insulation, if the moisture differential is high and prolonged. Closed Cell Foam Insulation is non-porous with all of the voids closed to each other which makes it impossible for water vapor to pass through it. The vapor porosity of the two materials is the biggest difference and most important issue, but both are impervious to air transmission.

The other major difference between open cell and closed cell foam insulation is the density of the in-place foam. Open cell foams typically weigh about 0.5 lbs per cubic foot while closed cell foams are about 1.7 to 3 lbs per cubic foot. Closed cell foams are stronger and denser allowing them to carry heavier loads. This is also one of the reasons that closed cell foam is quite a bit more expensive compared to open cell foam.

The final issue when discussing the differences between open cell and closed cell foam insulation is the insulating value or R value per inch of insulation. Our open cell foam insulation typically has average R values of about 3.6 per inch while our closed cell foam insulation has average R values of about 6.5. So you can see closed cell foam insulation can be almost twice the insulating values per inch.

Please speak with your spray foam contractor or Aloha Energy to determine the best type of foam for your application.

8. What are the acoustic properties of spray foam?

Open-cell spray foam offers optimal sound-deadening qualities. As an effective air seal, Aloha’s open- cell foam eliminates the air gaps through which sound travels and is superior in controlling mid-range frequencies which include the most common sounds; the human voice, stereo music and plumbing noise. A lot of the sound waves are absorbed as they try to find their way through the foam. Closed-cell foam is a bit less effective as a sound deadener as it is so dense that the vibrations can be transmitted thru the foam more directly, but compared to fiberglass it's still quite superior.

9. How does bio-renewable spray foam insulation compare to fiber glass insulation?

Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) Insulation Prevents Air, Moisture and Gas Infiltration. Studies have shown that as much as 40% of a building’s total energy loss is due to air infiltration. Traditional fiberglass insulation is only stapled, or placed into the wall cavities and does not seal the stud and wall cavities from end to end, or top to bottom. Air infiltration can pass through these gaps and thru the loose fibers themselves as well, making it far less efficient than SPF. SPF not only adheres to, but forms to the walls and floors to create an airtight seal and insulating barrier that stops this air leakage. SPF also boasts the highest R-value per inch of any commercially available insulating material, (upwards of R-7.0, compared with Fiberglass at R-3.5) making your home more comfortable and less expensive to heat in the winter, and cool in the summer.

10. Does spray foam insulation add structural integrity to a building?

Higher density, closed cell spray foam insulation inside your stud walls fully adheres to both the exterior sheathing and the studs, reinforcing both. With this added rigidity, there will be less wall movement due to wind, vibration, and occupant activity. Additionally your walls have greater than code required resistance to "racking events" such as hurricanes or other strong wind situations.

Spray Foam also can add structural strength to buildings. NAHB Research demonstrated that closed cell spray foam filled walls could add from 75% to 200% racking strength to walls of OSB, plywood, light gauge metal, vinyl siding or gypsum board. When insulating with SPF you're essentially gluing the entire home or building together.

11. Is Spray Foam Biodegradable?

No! Spray foam is inert and will last indefinitely. Once the foam reaction is complete, you are left with an inert, cellular plastic. It will never sag, shrink, settle or disintegrate.

12. Do any of your products contain Urea Formaldehyde?

NO, Aloha Energy’s products do not contain any urea formaldehyde what so ever. We are also free of all VOC's and ozone depleting CFS's or HCFC's

13. Can spray foam be installed by the homeowner?

Currently NO: Spray Foam Insulations should ONLY be installed by certified, trained installers. Specific equipment and training is required to insure safe and correct application. Please contact Aloha Energy at 518-852-2812 to find the nearest certified independent installers.

14. What is Energy Star?

ENERGY STAR is a government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency.

15. What is LEED?

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies intended to improve performance in metrics such as energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

Developed by the U.S Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED is intended to provide building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.