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Spray Polyurethane Foam Air Barriers

Sustainable design includes the informed selection of materials and products to reduce product-cycle environmental impacts, improve performance, and optimize occupant health and comfort. This course on Spray Polyurethane Foam Barriers lays out the essential information for constructing a superior, cost-effective building enclosure system - that is, the layer of materials that separates the interior environment from the exterior environment in such a way as to avoid creating moisture-related problems. You'll review the four barriers that comprise a weather barrier system, known in the trade as HAMM:

Sustainable Design: Eco-efficiency of Roofing Insulation Systems

This 1-hour interactive online course explores several popular roofing insulation systems - Expanded polystyrene (EPS), Polyisocyanurate (Polyiso), Extruded polystyrene (XPS), and Sprayed Polyurethane Foam (SPF) - and discusses the influences each one has on sustainable design.

It is divided into the following sections:

  • Sustainable Development
  • Insulation Systems
  • Technical Aspects
  • Environmental and Economic Aspects
  • Appendix

The course begins with an introduction to sustainable development, compares different plastic insulation systems, then follows up with some technical points on each system. Lastly, eco-efficiency analysis is explained and the environmental and economic aspects of each system are discussed.

This course is Registered with the AIA (Reg # RV940, HSW, SD).


BASF is a registered AIA/CES Passport Provider, offering AIA/CES Continuing Education Programs qualifying for Sustainable Design (SD) and Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) credits. The programs allow participants to earn from 1.0 to 2.0 learning units (LU) toward their continuing education requirements. If you would like to request more information, please CLICK HERE.

The following is a brief overview of the current programs:

BASF SPF03 - Closed Cell Spray Polyurethane Foam and the Building Envelope

The teaching points will be on Closed cell Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) and the commercial building enveloped. Subject matter will contain discussions on safety with SPF use, SPF and NFPA 285 as well a review of the basic chemistry and some basic details.

Learning Objectives

  • 1. Learn about Spray Polyurethane Foam Safety
  • 2. Some Basic Commercial Jobsite Details and Comments
  • 3. Understand Basic Chemistry of Closed Cell Spray Foam
  • 4. Get an understanding of NFPA 285 and Closed Cell Spray Foam

BASF-SPF11 - Spray Polyurethane Closed Cell Foam Understanding the Fundamentals

This program is designed to educate the audience on the processing of closed cell spray foam, its use in the commercial building envelope. It will also go into the proper application and safety required in using closed cell 2# spray foam. There will be some building science and discussion of air barriers. The program ends with discovering many other uses for closed cell spray foam.

Learning Objectives:

  • 1. Discuss some basic questions regarding safety and the application of closed-cell polyurethane foam
  • 2. Review other applications of closed cell polyurethane foam
  • 3. Describe some basic chemistry in producing closed-cell polyurethane foam as well as the difference between open and closed cell
  • 4. Describe its use in commercial market as an air barrier

BASF-SPF12 - Spray Polyurethane Insulation and Membrane Roofing Systems

This program is on spray polyurethane insulation and membrane roofing systems. Attendees will learn about the history and application developments of this system. They will also learn of the construction detailing and insulation benefits as well as the performance attributes. Attendees will also gain knowledge of the environmental and building sustainable contributions of this roofing system.

Learning Objectives:

  • 1. Explain the construction detailing and installation benefits of a spray polyurethane insulation and membrane roofing system
  • 2. Identify the environmental and building sustainable contributions of spray polyurethane
  • 3. Describe the history and application developments of spray polyurethane insulation and membrane roofing systems
  • 4. List the performance attributes exhibited in spray polyurethane insulation and membrane roofing systems

BASF-SPF13 - Air Barrier Basics

The course covers the functions of the air barrier system in the building envelope enclosure. Benefits of proper air and moisture control through the envelope are reviewed, and the various types of air barrer systems and their limitations and performance is also covered.

Learning Objectives:

  • 1. Identify the benefits of including an air barrer in a building enclosure system
  • 2. Describe the four barriers needed to protect a building against the effects of weather
  • 3. Explain how properly designed and installed building enclosure systems, which include air barrier systems work
  • 4. Describe several different types of air barrier system materials

BASF-SPF14 - Disaster Durable Solutions for Wind and Water

This course provides an overview of impacts from natural disasters and identifies solutions for building back better. It discusses the use of closed-cell polyurethane foams as well as other performance materials for disaster durable construction applications, including responding to flood and wind events using approved methods and materials.

Learning Objectives

  • 1. Describe how performance materials such as closed-cell polyurethanes can provide value to buildings in the rebuilding or initial design phases, to enhance disaster durability.
  • 2. Identify many other potential applications and materials that provide disaster durable solutions.
  • 3. Identify some of the costs and impacts associated with natural disasters, as well as the process of working with the insurance, remediation and restoration industry in response to natural disasters.
  • 4. Explain the fundamentals of using closed-cell polyurethanes, in typical and disaster related construction designs, including codes, best practices, and personnel/jobsite safety.

For additional information or to schedule a program presentation with a BASF representative, please contact us at (888) 900-FOAM (3626).