In Iraq and Afghanistan the U.S. military is using spray foam insulation which has drastically reduced cooling costs, and this also has had the effect of saving lives.

It seems that in Iraq in 2007 insurgents were targeting fuel trucks, killing the drivers and servicemen on the trucks.  Much of the fuel was being used to power generators used to cool tents. In an effort to reduce the number of trucks a test was conducted. They applied closed cell spray foam insulation to a tent in Fort Benning, Georgia, and found that it reduced the cost of cooling an astonishing 92%.

Now the Army is using spray foam in both Afghanistan and Iraq, saving as much as $1 billion a year. Other benefits have been that foam insulation has been a great fire barrier, and a moisture barrier.

If you are considering a spray foam insulation you should know these facts:

Closed cell spray foam insulation expands to 3-5 times its dispensed volume, offers an R-value of 6-7 per inch thick while filling all the gaps and cracks that can form in any structure.  It eliminates drafts and increases comfort by producing an air and moisture barrier, thus reducing heating and cooling costs. It also helps block mold, mildew and other airborne irritants and acts as a significant damper on noise pollution from outside the home or structure.  Fiberglass insulation can trap dry air, but if that air moves or becomes wet, the thermal resistance will drop significantly. That’s not the case with spray foam, which will adhere to nearly any surface with typically just one application.

And you can get everything you need with one of the excellent spray foam insulation kits available.

It’s working for the military. Imagine what spray foam insulation will do for you?

Todd Hensel