BioBased Insulation 501

Insulation is on many homeowners’ minds these days as Old Man Winter stretches across the United States. The question though, with the current green movement, where can homeowners find a green insulation? BioBased Insulation is a company that has answered this call with its 501 and 1701 soy-based foam insulations.

In the August issue of Qualified Remodeler we brought you 501 soy-based foam insulation. BioBased Insulation’s 501 soy-based foam insulation is a water-blown, open cell product that creates an air barrier around the home and stops air filtration. Because it’s bio-based instead of petroleum-based, it is an energy-efficient and environmentally responsible insulation.

“Spray foam is going to be the best insulation out there to provide an air barrier and basically seal your home,” says Jennifer Wilson, brand manager for BioBased Insulation. “That alone is why we got into the industry, because we wanted help people make their homes more energy-efficient with an interest in sustainability.”

When spray foam insulation is sprayed into a floor, wall, ceiling, or roof deck, it expands and fills all cracks, crevices and voids. This creates an effective airtight seal which guards against air infiltration, the No. 1 source of energy loss in a structure. BioBased Insulation offers two unique insulation products suitable for both home and commercial structures. The two Class 1 fire-rated products include BioBased 501, an open cell, semirigid spray foam, and BioBased 1701, a closed cell, rigid spray foam. BioBased 1701 also is the first polyurethane spray foam insulation to earn GreenGuard certification and GreenGuard for Children and Schools certification.

One drawback that remodelers should be aware of with spray insulation is that a fully open wall cavity is needed to really make the insulation work. Because of this, applications may be limited to basements, attics and crawl spaces.

The company has also recently introduced Soy Seal for gaps and cracks that is available in a can and will soon be introducing Soy Seal for doors and windows. This will give remodelers even more sustainable LEED tools.
Wilson points out that what makes BioBased Insulation successful is its total focus on only soy-based insulation. She adds, “It’s not a product line for us; it’s our whole business.”

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Comparative companies:

  • The Icynene Insulation System is an open-cell, semiflexible foam that doesn’t contain CFCs, HCFCs, VOCs or PBDEs so it does not off gas in the indoor environment. Please indicate #77 on E-Inquiry Form.
  • Open-cell CertaSpray foam insulation from CertainTeed expands to create a soft, flexible insulation and the closed-cell formula results in a hard, rigid consistency that provides added structural integrity. Please indicate #78 on E-Inquiry Form.