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Building Insulation

Last Updated: 07/16/24 Click to see brand name products that meet these requirementsopens in new window
Building Insulation

Insulation made from recovered materials is available for thermal insulating applications. The product is available in several forms including rolls, loose-fill and spray foam. Insulation also can include a range of recovered materials such as glass, slag, paper fiber and plastics.

Product Details

To the maximum extent practicable, federal agencies are required to buy sustainable products, which are products that meet the purchasing program(s) listed below.

If there is more than one program listed below, agencies are directed to prioritize multi-attribute products, which meet statutory purchasing program requirements (asterisk) and one or more required Environmental Protection Agency purchasing programs.

Review our frequently asked questions for more information.

Product Type

Procurement Info

Where to Buy

Cellulose Loose-Fill and Spray-On
Glass Fiber Reinforced
Perlite Composite Board
Phenolic Rigid Foam
Plastic Insulating Foam for Residential and Commercial Construction
Plastic, Non-Woven Batt
Rigid Foam
Rock Wool
Life Cycle Cost Savings

Life Cycle Costing (LCC) aims to quantify the financial impact of a product over its entire life cycle to assist consumers in making decisions that will save them money over the long term.

To calculate life cycle cost savings, explore these tools:

  • NIST’s BEES Online v2.0opens in new window offers detailed environmental lifecycle analyses. Life cycle costing is available as an option. It is recommended that users have some experience with life cycle analysis in order to answer the tool’s questions.
  • NREL’s Levelized Cost of Energy Calculatoropens in new window can help estimate the cost of electricity as an input for your lifecycle cost calculations, accounting for both cost escalation and discount rates.
Guiding Principles
Contributes to meeting The Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings
Additional Guidance

Federal Programs

According to BioPreferred, plastic insulating foam for residential and commercial construction are spray-in-place plastic foam products designed to provide a sealed thermal barrier for residential or commercial construction applications.

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