Spray Polyurethane Foam in External Envelopes of Buildings: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Spray Polyurethane Foam in External Envelopes of Buildings

1st Edition

By Mark T. Bomberg, Joseph W. Lstiburek

CRC Press

339 pages

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Hardback: 9781566767071
pub: 1998-10-07

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Spray Polyurethane Foams in External Envelopes of Buildings presents, for the first time, a book focused on both the theoretical and practical design and applications of spray polyurethane foam (SPF) use. To review the moisture performance of SPF, this book focuses on the design of an assembly where moisture is kept from accumulating and causing deterioration (flow through approach). In this approach, Spray Polyurethane Foam presents two unique parts of theory and practice of various SPF products.


Part 1 of this monograph analyzes SPF performance as the material (product). Being field fabricated, installation of SPF products must include a quality assurance program . . . Laboratory evaluation of foams and their coverings, quality management issues, and quantification of the technical support provided to the SPF contractor are also reviewed.

Part 2 presents a systems approach to construction. Starting with principles of environmental control of buildings, different aspects of design and performance of roofing and wall systems are reviewed. Details and design recommendations . . . as well as case studies . . . are included.

Table of Contents




Chapter 1. Definition of Spray Polyurethane Foams


Spray Polyurethane Foam

Consistency of the SPF Fabrication Process

Quality Assurance is a Key to the SPF Field Fabrication

Performance Objectives Define the SPF Products

Chapter 2. Factors Affecting Performance of the Foam

The Aging Process

The Design Thermal Resistance

Transportation and Accumulation of Moisture in the Foam

Comparative Testing of SPF Dimensional Stability

Rate of BA Emission fromSPF

Mechanical Performance of SPF

Thermal Performance of Moist SPF

Other Performance Characteristics

Chapter 3. Testing Physical Characteristics of Foam

Characterization of Foam Structure

Long-Term Thermal Resistance of Foams

Maximum Shrinkage and Expansion of SPF

Water Vapor Permeance

Absorption and Accumulation of Moisture in the SPF

Effects of Thermal and Hygric Stress on Durability

Chapter 4. Evaluation of Protective Coverings and Barriers


Generic Types of Elastomeric Protective Coatings

Long-Term Performance of Coatings in the Field Study of Roofing Systems

Effect of the Coating on Long-Term Thermal Resistance of the Foam

Testing Physical Properties of Elastomeric Coatings

Quality Assurance

Fire Protection and Fire Testing

Chapter 5. Quality Management in Construction Process

Bidding and Procurement Process with Database of Performance Records

Performance in Models of the Design Process

Quality Assurance during the Construction Process

Chapter 6. Technical Support for the SPF Contractor

Initial Characterization of the SPF Process

Basic Laboratory Tests of SPF Physical Properties

QA Test During the Field Fabrication of SPF

Chapter 7. Implementation of the Performance-Based Quality Management


Chapter 8. Principles of Environmental Control in Building Envelopes


Factors Affecting the Design Process

Defining the Environmental Control

Conclusion: The Need for a Holistic Approach to Design

Chapter 9. Design and Performance of Roofing Systems with SPF

Performance Objectives for SPF Roofs

General Considerations in SPF Roofs

Roof Deck Types

Use of SPF in New Roof Construction

SPF Use in Remedial Roofing

Chapter 10. Design and Performance of Walls with SPF

Definition of Air Barrier Systems

Masonry Walls

Steel Frame Walls

Wood Frame Walls

Metal Buildings for Agricultural or Industrial Use

Chapter 11. Case Studies-SPF Used for Remedial Measures

Cladding Problems in the Humidified Building

Surface Mold and Odors in Garden Suites

Air Leakage Control for Retrofits for Highrises

SPF Used as the Air-Sealant in Different Applications

Conclusions from These Case Studies

Appendix 1: Recommended Procedure for Determination of Long-Term Thermal Resistance of Closed-Cell Thermal Insulating Foams

Appendix 2: Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations Used by the SPF Industry

Appendix 3: Standards for Surface Texture Used by the SPF Industry

Appendix 4: Material Specification-SPF for New and Remedial Roofs

Appendix 5: Material Specification-Bead-Applied Sealing Foams (BSF)

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