Confined animal operations require a great deal of energy for lighting; heating of barns and brooders; fans for ventilation, and electricity for cooling animals and produce. Simple energy-saving modifications to the operation can add an immediate benefit. Poorly insulated buildings develop air leaking gaps, crevices and cracks over time. Primary leaks in agricultural buildings occur from openings at the top and bottom of curtains, tunnel inlets, end doors, fans, exterior wood joints, pipes and tube holes. An effective energy-saving solution to stop air infiltration is to seal the structure by installing Duraseal
closed-cell spray polyurethane foam insulation. Duraseal is an air barrier system that minimizes air leaks and seals the building envelope for optimal insulation value. Controlled environments lead to shorter growing cycles and healthier animals.
The insulation is spray-applied and expands to fill and seal open voids. Drafts are virtually eliminated and a more uniform indoor temperature is maintained. Duraseal doesn't settle or sag over time so the energy cost savings can last through the life of the building.
INSULATING IRREGULAR SHAPES
Buildings such as Quonsets and pole sheds can be difficult to insulate with conventional sheet insulation. Framing the building to meet conventional insulation and sheet good requirements can add avoidable expenses. Rigid, closed-cell spray foam will form a monolithic seal that grips the surface, including any irregular shapes or penetrations. Duraseal's spray applied insulation process speeds construction and reduces labor costs.
Duraseal insulation is an important component in a moisture management system. Air infiltration and exfiltration, within a structure, contributes to approximately 99% of moisture migration. Reducing air movement deters moisture accumulation so that mold growth is less likely to occur. Combined with a proper mechanical ventilation system, closed-cell spray foam insulation helps keep the indoor humidity at a level for which the growth of mildew and allergens can be minimized. Reducing moisture and controlling humidity can also add years to the life expectancy of a building.