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Webinar- Spray Polyurethane Foam: How Green Is It?

Aug 23 2017 | 04:00pm - 05:00pm ET

Spray Polyurethane Foam: How Green Is It?
Join us for a webinar on Aug 23, 2017 at 4:00 PM EDT.

Spray polyurethane foam insulation (SPF) is presented as a highly-effective and versatile product that meets high R-value needs for professionals and DIYers alike.

But there are widespread and legitimate concerns about the health effects of its ingredients (particularly isocyanates).

After reviewing their chemistry and life cycle impacts, and where and how isocyanates are used in building products, we will review the historical and current ingredients and uses of SPF in buildings. We will present health concerns about these uses raised by fenceline communities, occupational and environmental health studies, fire fighters and fire investigators, and others along the life cycle of this product -- with a focus on the toxic ingredients in SPF.

Those concerns include reports from a Syracuse occupational health clinic about the experiences of work crews and building occupants. They will be supplemented by concerns and questions from building scientists, occupational and environmental health agencies and researchers, and other important sources over the years.

We will recommend theoretical and practical approaches to prevention of adverse health effects throughout the life cycle of building products.

We will present examples of less toxic substitutions by application for SPF and discuss how a precautionary green chemistry framework meets the goal of sustainable buildings that are healthy and safe for all.

Please join featured speaker Greg Siwinski, certified industrial hygienist with the Occupational Health Clinical Center (SUNY Upstate Medical University), along with moderator Rebecca Stamm (Healthy Building Network's lead researcher on insulation and sealants) and HBN research director Jim Vallette, for this important 60-minute discussion.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.