Doing it right with polyurethane insulation.
BASF helped Palm Harbor Homes, a leading American builder of energy-efficient homes, to find a cost-effective method to optimize energy performance, using Autofroth Spray Polyurethane Foam System.
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Palm Harbor Homes, a leading American builder of energy-efficient and storm-resistant modular homes, has always had a green competitive edge. Formerly known as Palm Harbor Energy Miser Homes, the company has focused on energy efficiency as a key selling point since 1978. In today's market Mike Draper, Division President for the Southeastern region, wanted his homes to meet the most exacting green building standards including LEED, National Green Building Standard, Energy Star, the Florida Green Building Council Green Home Standards and others. That meant finding a cost-effective method to optimize energy performance.
Draper needed an alternative to fiberglass. "There are always problems with fiberglass — voids, crushing, compression," he said. "In order to improve our HERS score (Energy Star's energy efficiency rating system) we needed a significantly better thermal seal, something we couldn't achieve with conventional batt insulation."
The polyurethane solution.
In consultation with the Florida Solar Energy Center, based at the University of Central Florida, Palm Harbor chose to insulate with the Autofroth® Spray Polyurethane Foam System. Draper believes foam insulation is the quickest and easiest way to meet the various green standards. "We chose Autofroth because we felt it was the best in its class," he said. "The product not only provides superior insulation, it offers numerous other benefits as well." He cited the advantages:
Palm Harbor now uses Autofroth in six of its eight product lines but the insulation is optional for all homes. Eventually, every Palm Harbor home will be insulated with Autofroth. "Greening our product with Autofroth has made it unique and more desirable," said Mike Draper. "We also think it's the right thing to do."