Fight against unwanted water

BIG 5: Canadian insulation company, Icynene, insists sustainability is beginning to catch on.

The construction industry is beginning to catch on to the importance of using sustainable products
The construction industry is beginning to catch on to the importance of using sustainable products

The construction industry is beginning to catch on to the importance of using sustainable products, according to Jeff Hood, vice president of business development at Canada-based insulation company, Icynene.

Hood also said that the industry is also realising the importance of making man's carbon footprint as small as possible.

"Trying to sell green products during the 1990s was difficult but now that's changed," he said.

"I think we have all reached a point where if we don't try and do something for the environment now we could do severe damage in years to come."

Icynene has developed a US LEED and Dubai Municipality-approved water-based insulation system, which the company has proven can reduce the loss of inadequate ventilation by up to 50%.

The product is said to work well in warm climates, and Icyrene is set to pitch the product to Middle East and UAE developers such as Nakheel for the Palm islands.

Hood added that buildings in the UAE should consider the possible problem of mould in years to come.

"There could well be a lot of problems here in the UAE with condensation and possibly even mould in years to come because of the increased usage of air conditioning units."

Icynene's insulation system is said to help combat mould and moisture intrusion, along with help manage the moisture in a building, because air leakage is said to count for 99% of moisture movement in a structure.

The system is also designed to address the causes of unhealthy buildings and ‘sick building syndrome', which can be caused by inadequate ventilation, chemical contaminants from indoor and outdoor sources and biological contaminants.

Icynene insulation can be used in hospitals and laboratories to prevent germ migration.

It can also be used to protect collections of art in galleries and museums, in housing to prevent energy wastage and on steel structured buildings.

Icynene is also known to combat noise control because of its ability to minimize the airflow through walls, floors and ceilings, so airborne sounds remain outside. It can combat noise pollution from traffic and aeroplanes, or home theatres and playrooms.

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