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Spray foam insulation

We will be building a new house this spring and are concerned about using closed cell spray foam insulation as spec-ed by our architect due to potential health risks. Even though the manufacturers say it is non-toxic and safe, there seem to be many people out there who have found otherwise.

Can anyone recommend a product that is safe to use, non-toxic and affordable?

Asked by Shepherd Smith
Posted Feb 15, 2013 4:34 PM ET
Edited Feb 16, 2013 6:37 AM ET

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Shepherd,
If you want an introduction to all of the different types of insulation available to you, I suggest that you read the articles on the topic in the GBA Encyclopedia:

Insulation Overview

Insulating Roofs, Walls, and Floors

Insulation Choices

Batt and Blanket Insulation

Blown-In or Loose-Fill Insulation

Rigid Foam Insulation

Spray Foam Insulation

It sounds as if you are worried that some members of your family may be chemically sensitive. Many people with these worries end up choosing cellulose insulation. But there is no single answer to your question.

Answered by Martin Holladay, GBA Advisor
Posted Feb 16, 2013 6:31 AM ET

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