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ICC-ES SAVE Program Announces Sustainability Claim
March 16, 2009

A renewable-based foam insulation and air barrier material using castor oil is the first product to successfully complete the International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) Sustainable Attributes Verification and Evaluation (SAVE) program. A Verification of Attributes Report (VAR-1002) was issued to Icynene Inc. for its LD-R-50 spray-applied cellular polyurethane foam plastic insulation. The report verifies the minimum amount of biobased material content as determined in accordance with an ICC-ES SAVE Evaluation Guideline and provides independent confirmation of the manufacturer’s claim related to the amount of biobased content.

A SAVE evaluation involves both inspection of the manufacturer’s production process and reviews of independent product testing, where required. Manufacturers that successfully complete the evaluation process receive a Verification of Attributes Report in one or more of nine key categories: recycled content (pre- and post-consumer), regional materials, bio-based materials, certified wood products, solar reflectance index and thermal emittance of roofing materials, volatile organic compound content and emissions (adhesives and sealants), volatile organic compound content and emissions (paints and coatings), urea formaldehyde resin content in composite wood products and volatile organic compound content and emissions of floor coverings.

The guidelines address the production stage of the item under review beginning with raw material acquisition and progressing through final manufacturing and packaging. SAVE program reports can be useful when seeking points under major green building rating systems–U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED, Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes, or the ICC-700 National Green Building Standard. For more information about the ICC-ES SAVE Program and to view the Icynene Verification of Attributes Report, visit ICC-ES SAVE online.

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