E:500 open-cell NSAI Agrément Certified Spray Foam

Commitment to Sustainability and Saving Money

E:zero embodies a commitment that addresses one of the biggest challenges of today: zero carbon emissions. E:zero's mission is to offer money-saving products that provide the 21st century with comfort, while helping save the planet. E:zero Foam Solutions contributes to the first step in the right direction: a 50 % reduction of your carbon footprint. E:zero stands for going green and saving money in a single step.

How does it work?

E:zeros E:500 insulation foam is spray-applied on the job site. As it is sprayed, it increases in volume up to 100-120 times, providing a fully adhered, continuous, solid, and airtight insulation layer. Even the most minuscule cracks are perfectly sealed. Because it is sprayed, the foam fits all shapes, corners, and cavities perfectly. The results:

  • insulation and perfect air seal in a single application
  • lower u value per inch of application thickness
  • seven times better air seal compared with traditional insulation
  • elimination of unplanned air-borne moisture movement and related condensation
  • energy savings of about 50% compared with conventional insulation

E:500 soft spray insulation foam can be applied anywhere fiberglass was traditionally installed. By replacing fiberglass, home owners get to enjoy improved energy efficiency and greater comfort of spray foam, while avoiding the shortfalls of fiberglass, from its carcinogenic nature to mold susceptibility.

Lifetime performance

Good news for your wallet and the planet: E:zero insulation foam will perform for the lifetime of the building and will never need replacing or restoring. Think of E:zero spray foam as industrially-produced wood. No trees were chopped down and ultimately, huge amounts of energy are being saved for centuries. Every bit of energy savings translates directly to an avoidance of CO2 emissions.

Product Benefits

E:500 and E:2000 both offer a diverse range of benefits not only to the homeowner, builders, contractors, and architects, but to our environment as well. There are five vital and key benefits of E:zero's spray foam insulation:

Open-cell Technology Explained

When observed under a microscope, open-cell foam looks like a web with the tiniest of pathways. These pathways form as a result of the high expansion rate, and there are numerous benefits associated with this technology. While the pathways are small enough so the foam presents an effective air barrier, these lanes still allow the structure to breathe. Technically, the foam is a thermo-set, rigid plastic; however, the very low density makes the foam semi-flexible, which is an advantage in regions vulnerable to earthquakes. The insulation will not crack if the building is shaken. Environmentalists appreciate that the foam is water-blown, meaning the cells are formed by reacting water which forms CO2. Accordingly, E:500 has a very high percentage of renewable contents and is an effective vapor retarder, suitable for insulation in all but the most extreme climates. The product is not suitable for insulating rooms with excessive interior moisture levels, such as indoor pool areas or indoor hot tub areas. Also, in case of strong, unidirectional vapor drive, such as in commercial cold storage or wine cellars, we recommend using the E:2000 solution, which is a high density foam made by E:zero, engineered to be compatible in mixed applications.

"Hydrophobia" - A misleading claim

Several of E:zero's competitors claim that their open-cell foams are "hydrophobic", implying that their foam will perform well at any moisture level. In our technical opinion, these are misleading claims. None of the open-cell foams, including ours, provide effective vapor barriers, or water-proofing. If you require a vapor barrier, you must use a foam that has been properly rated as a vapor barrier, such as E:zero's closed-cell E:2000.

Recommended Application Areas for E:500

Recommended Not Recommended
Above ground wall insulation (residential and commercial) Yes
Inside attic insulation - unvented Yes
Inside attic insulation - vented Yes
Bathrooms, kitchens, etc. Yes
Basement walls No, unless very dry
Crawlspaces/raised foundations No, unless very dry
Indoor pool or hot tub No
Wine cellar or commercial cold storage No
Extreme cold climate No

The E:500 soft insulation foam will perform better than a fiberglass product in every aspect; from mold prevention to moisture intrusion and energy efficiency, to health, sound, comfort, and environmental perspectives. Since E:500 is first spray-applied and then expands, excellent air-tightness is "built" into the product. Spray application avoids air pockets between the outer building envelope and the insulation, eliminating condensation and related mold problems. This is also true for overhead application like vaulted ceilings: the foam reacts fast enough that it will fully adhere to the roof deck or whatever substrate exists, and eliminate the cavity in which condensation may occur.

Technical Specifications:

Density 8-11 Kg/m3
Open Cell Content ASTM D-2856>95%
Thermal Conductivity 0.0376
Surface Burning Characteristic
Test Method    EN 13501-1: 2007
Foam Thickness 75mm
Flame Spread Fs(mm)  < 150
Result B s1 d0
   

E:2000 closed-cell Spray Foam

A new way of life

E:zero represents a new way of life that addresses one of the biggest challenges of our time: zero carbon emissions. E:zero's mission is to offer money-saving products that provide the 21st century comfort, while helping to save the planet. E:zero Foam Solutions contributes to the first step in the right direction: a 50%reduction of your carbon footprint.


How does it work?

E:zero's E:2000 foam is spray-applied on the job site. As it is sprayed, it increases in volume up 50 times, providing a fully adhered, continuous, solid, and airtight insulation layer. Even the most minuscule cracks are perfectly sealed. Because it is sprayed, the foam fits all shapes, corners, and cavities perfectly. The results:

  • insulation and excellent air seal in a single application
  • seven times better air seal compared with traditional insulation
  • elimination of unplanned moisture movement and condensation
  • energy savings of about 50% compared with conventional insulation

Lifetime performance

Good news for your wallet and the planet: E:zero insulation foam will perform for the lifetime of the building and will never need replacing or restoring. Think of E:zero spray foam as industrially produced wood. No trees were chopped down and ultimately, huge amounts of energy are being saved for centuries. Every bit of energy savings translates directly to avoidance of CO2 emissions.

Product Benefits

E:500 and E:2000 both offer a diverse range of benefits not only to the homeowner, builders, contractors, and architects, but to our environment as well. There are five vital and key benefits of E:zero's spray foam insulation:

Technical Information

Density ASTM D-1622
35kg/m3
Closed Cell Content ASTM D-2856 > 90%
K-Factor, Initial ASTM C-518 0.146
tdermal Conductivity 0.021
Surface Burning Characteristics ASTM E-84
Foam tdickness - 4"
Flame Spread < 25
Smoke Development < 400
Permeance / Permeability ASTM E-96
0.98 @ = 2"
   

Health Benefits

of E:zero Spray Foam Insulation

The EPA recently rated indoor air pollution as one of the five most urgent environmental issues, accounting for over $1 billion in direct health care costs each year.

The poor quality of indoor air is being blamed on a lack of proper ventilation and the building materials often used in homes, schools, and offices. As a result, a new generation of healthy building materials is being developed to help reduce the pollutants released into indoor air. E:zero is a leading material in this respect.

Of all the building materials used in a newly constructed building, insulation has a major, long-term impact on the quality of the indoor air you and your family breathe. With 40% of North American households having at least one family member who suffers from allergies or asthma, attaining maximum indoor air quality should be a major concern.

Spray foam insulation improves indoor air quality significantly. It creates a comfortable, draft-free and condensation-free environment in a single application. By sealing out dust, allergens, odors, and pollutants, E:zero foam insulation allows the air management system to be designed so that indoor air quality is healthier than outside air. It does not emit gases or odors and offers no support to bacteria or fungus growth. Likewise, foam neither turns to dust nor loses fibers into the breathing air. In addition, there is absolutely no formaldehyde used in the production of foam, so none can be emitted.

An E:zero insulated environment is highly recommended for those suffering from allergies, respiratory problems, and chemical sensitivities.

Impact on Your Health

If you wonder about the health impact of the leading material (i.e. fiberglass), we recommend that you check the internet for more information. It is fascinating to see that NAIMA, the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association asks, "Does fiberglass cause cancer in people?" Their answer: "exposure levels are low, and (...) even if inhaled into the lung, most fibers disappear quickly with no adverse health effects." Here's the interpretation:

  • fiberglass does cause cancer in animals
  • "exposure levels are low" is not the same as "exposure levels are nonexistent"
  • "most fibers disappear with no adverse health effects" means "some fibers remain, with some adverse health effects."

Even if the risks were truly minimal, why not avoid them altogether by installing spray foam insulation?

Cellulose, which is made mostly from recycled paper, is a material that is agreeable to critters such as mice and rats, and would provide a cozy environment for insects, if it weren=E2=80=99t for the boric acid added to it. The boric acid kills intruders, which often find their final resting place inside your walls or attic. Boric acid is not a healthful material, and even though the concentration is low, you will be in your house for a long time. Once again, foam is the best material in terms of zero impact on your health.

   

Sound Control

Benefits of E:zero Spray Foam Insulation

When you are thinking about insulation for noise reduction purposes, there are two considerations to keep in mind: sound transmitted by air and sound transmitted by solid matters such as walls, windows, or the actual insulation material.

When you are thinking about insulation for noise reduction purposes, there are two considerations to keep in mind: sound transmitted by air and sound transmitted by solid matters such as walls, windows, or the actual insulation material.

When you are thinking about insulation for noise reduction purposes, there are two considerations to keep in mind: sound transmitted by air and sound transmitted by solid matters such as walls, windows, or the actual insulation material.

Super soft E:500 spray foam, made by E:zero, is an effective barrier of sounds. Its superior fit makes it an ideal sound proofing system, reducing airborne sound transfer through the roof, floor, and walls. Outside noises from road traffic, aircrafts, or neighbors are eliminated and/or drastically reduced.

Solid materials transmit sound through vibrations and echoes, called reverberations, may be present as well. An example would be a knocking on a door or foot traffic on the floor above you. These sounds are more difficult to control. Due to its softness, E:500 spray insulation foam offers excellent dampening or absorbing properties once the sound wave is first transported by air and has caused a vibration in the wall assembly. Obviously, softer materials perform better, so the lower density spray foams like E:500 are more effective than our higher density varieties.

Another interesting detail is that sound loses its energy as conversion is forced back and forth between different media. The E:500 is a soft spray foam that is both flexible and filled with bubbles. Accordingly, it absorbs sound extremely well.

Besides sound-insulating outer walls, E:500 foam insulation also provides very noticeable improvements when applied to pipes (drain pipes, showers, etc.), in laundry rooms, bedrooms, and home theaters. Likewise, family members appreciate some music more than others, so let's say it may even be a good idea to insulate between the kids=E2=80=99 rooms and the rest of the house.

The effectiveness of a sound barrier is indicated by its Sound Transmission Class (STC). The STC rating only covers the airborne sound transfer. The ratings are composite values for complete wall assemblies (such as OSB board, insulation material, and drywall). Given that in the test environment there are no gaps or cracks, unlike in real life applications, the ratings are often misleading. In a typical wall assembly featuring a 2x4 construction with E:zero soft foam, the STC rating is 39. The official description for this level is loud speech that is barely heard as a mumble. Typical outside noise is no longer audible. Doubling the depth of the cavity will improve the STC rating, but not proportionately. A word of advice: STC is an indicator derived in laboratory tests which does not reflect real life situations accurately. For some reasons, many vendors make unsubstantiated claims of STC ratings in the 50 range, which is not achieved in actual construction.

   

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