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Commercial design professionals are able to obtain CEU credits for continuing education courses offered by Icynene. As a registered education provider, Icynene can help architects gain CEU credits in courses covering building performance, insulation values and other topics related to spray foam insulation.

Icynene is accredited by The American Institute of Architects (AIA) to offer continuing education courses. Learn more about Icynene’s growing continuing education course offerings below.       

Learn more about our presentations and course offerings below.

Continuous Insulation: Spray Polyurethane Foam vs. XPS Rigid Foam Board

The design of exterior wall assemblies has become increasingly focused on performance for greater energy efficiency and resistance to air and water penetration.

The 2015 International Energy Conservation Code and ASHRAE 90.1 now requires insulation that is continuous in wall assemblies, (i.e. not interrupted by studs, framing, etc.) in all eight climate zones within the United States. This push for continuous insulation in exterior wall assemblies is also reflected in green building standards and the desires of building owners to reduce energy costs.


Open Cell Spray Foam Insulation in Commercial Buildings

Hanley Wood University provides hundreds of Continuing Education courses for Architects, Builders and Designers. The HWU platform allows users more control and ease-of-use in accessing the learning content they need for certification and continuing education.

Open Cell Spray Foam insulation is a logical and proven choice for commercial buildings as it can reduce upfront costs by taking advantage of higher yield and also can help reduce energy related operating costs for buildings.

You will learn about:

  • Open cell insulation’s air barrier and vapor permeability
  • Fire ratings and code compliance
  • The ability to enhance a building's longevity, and environmental and Green Building contributions
  • All health and safety directions, recommendations and best practices.

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Open Cell Spray Foam Insulation in Commercial Buildings

Learning outcomes of this course:

  1. Identify the characteristics of open cell spray foam that make it suitable for high-performance roof/ attic assemblies and exterior wall assemblies.
  2. Investigate the inherent energy performance and cost-saving effectiveness of open cell spray foam when insulation and air barrier are provided in one.
  3. Recognize the ability of open cell spray foam insulation to manage moisture and pollutant infiltration into construction assemblies and add to building durability
  4. Assess the various ways that open cell insulation contributes to environmentally responsible and green buildings


Continuous Insulation for Commercial Walls

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify the characteristics of high-performance spray foam continuously insulated exterior wall assemblies.
  2. Investigate the numerous opportunities to use spray foam insulation to achieve thermal performance goals.
  3. Assess the ability of spray foam insulation to act as an effective air sealing barrier that prevents unwanted air infiltration.
  4. Recognize the ways that thermal bridging can be thwarted in wall assemblies using continuous spray foam insulation.


Spray Foam Insulation for Commercial Wall systems

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Understand why spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation in commercial wall systems has emerged as a popular modern alternative to more traditional insulation products.
  2. Understand the key differences between low density open cell SPF and medium density closed cell SPF.
  3. See how SPF can be utilized on both the interior or exterior side of the commercial wall to create an effective air barrier and meet continuous insulation code requirements.
  4. Learn about fire safety requirements for thermal barriers, and view basic common assemblies within the industry that offer compliance to the requirements of NFPA 285.
  5. Understand the basics of commercial jobsite health and safety


Designing for the Future:  Understanding Light Density and Medium Density Open Cell and Closed Cell Spray Foam Insulation

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Understand the various spray foam insulation types available to project teams from materials, building performance and sustainability standpoints.
  2. Review the role SPF insulation has on heat transfer, air infiltration and moisture control for a more energy efficient building envelope.
  3. Understand why buildings are more sustainable, and provide occupants with a healthier indoor environment when buildings are spray foam insulated.
  4. Gain more insights into the positive role that spray foam insulation can have on the environment from a global perspective