A new International Code Council Evaluation Service report from the body responsible for evaluating product compliance with codes and standards used to construct residential and commercial buildings, gives approval for spray polyurethane foam insulations based on 2012 building codes to InsulStar (residential) and InsulBloc (commercial) from NCFI Polyurethanes.

  The report, ESR-1615, for InsulStar and InsulBloc. does the following:
1.         Approves both insulations for use as a vapor retarders, air barriers, and as air-impermeable insulations
2.         Includes evaluation of DC-315 as an alternative thermal barrier coating
3.         Recognizes use of both insulations as water-resistive barriers
4.         Recognizes InsulBloc for all building types (I, II, III, IV and V under IBC) and InsulStar for all dwellings under the IRC

ICC-ES evaluates building products for compliance with building and construction code. ICC-ES does technical evaluations of building products, components, methods, and materials. The evaluation process culminates with the issuance of reports on code compliance and design/construction alternatives which are available free of charge to code officials, contractors, specifiers, architects, engineers, and anyone else with an interest in the building industry and construction. ESRs provide evidence that products and systems meet code requirements.

 Jason Hoerter, P.E., senior product manager with NCFI, says the ICC report better defines for code officials and builders how the products can, and are, used. “Former reports were not as clear and precise as this new release. Our technical staff spends a great deal of time working with code officials, architects, builders and spray foam contractors interpreting the language and educating each other on its intent. This report does a very good job making it concise and provides a chart that will help U.S. building stakeholders not only choose the best products for the job, but also guide them in applications. Plus, it tests according to new 2012 codes, so they can trust they have the most up-to-date product information.”