Builders and Home Buyers
Why should you choose the AirTight Program?
We have the expertise and experience to provide the best insulation systems.
AirTight Licensed Applicators promote and install better building solutions. Solutions that are achieved through the application of spray foam insulation. They are committed to the highest quality installation standards and demonstrate an aptitude of understanding building science. AirTight Licensed Applicators value a collaborative approach to build and deliver AirTight Homes.
AirTight Spray Foam Insulation
A Moisture Management System
AirTight spray foam insulation is an important component in the moisture management system. Air infiltration and exfiltration, within a home, contributes to almost 99% of moisture migration. Restricting air movement stops moisture accumulation so that mold growth is less likely to occur. Combined with a properly sized HVAC system, foam spray insulation helps stabilize the indoor humidity levels to minimize moisture and condensation. Reducing moisture and controlling humidity can also add years to the life expectancy of a home.
Critical requirements for mold growth:
- Available mold spores
- Available food for mold spores
- Appropriate temperatures
- Considerable moisture
Benefits for Builder
Differentiate yourself from the competition by offering a spray foam insulation package that delivers energy savings of up to 50%. AirTight spray foam insulation adds structural stability, allows for consistent indoor ambient temperatures and improves indoor air quality.
Simplified Construction: Installing spray foam insualtion in between your studs will meet most R-value, air barrier, and water vapor retarder requirements.
HVAC Equipment Cost Saving: Tightening the building envelope can lead to energy savings of up to 50% and may also allow cost reductions from smaller HVAC systems. Moving the attic thermal boundary to the underside of the roof deck creates a conditioned space for air handling units and ductwork to operate more efficiently.
Flexibility in Framing: High aged R-value of over 6 per inch, permits studs and rafter size reduction to increase living space.
Enhanced Durability: Wall racking strength is up to three times stronger than conventional insulation in framed walls.
Skilled Applicators: AirTight Licensed Applicators invest in materials that have multiple characteristics in one finished product, allowing you to confirm several requirements at one time.
The information below is presented to provide general information on the new federal tax credit and is not intended to be an interpretation of eligibility for the tax credit. Please consult with a qualified tax advisor to discuss eligibility.
Benefits for Homeowners
Homeowners Tax Credit Rebate
The U.S. Economic Stimulus Package, officially called the ‘American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,’ has increased the previous tax credit for home improvements from 10 percent to 30 percent of the cost, and increased the maximum amount of the credit from $500 to $1500.
Tax credits are now available for home improvements:
Increased resale value is just one more benefit of an AirTight Home
- must be “placed in service” from January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2010
- must be for taxpayer's principal residence
- $1,500 is the maximum total amount that can be claimed for all products placed in service in 2009 & 2010 for most home improvements, EXCEPT for geothermal heat pumps, solar water heaters, solar panels, fuel cells, and windmills which are not subject to this cap, and are in effect through 2016
- must have a Manufacturer Certification Statement to qualify
- for record keeping, save your receipts and the Manufacturer Certification Statement
- improvements made in 2009 will be claimed on your 2009 taxes (filed by April 15, 2010) — use IRS Tax Form 5695 (2009 version) —
||Meets 2009 IECC & Amendments
||30% of cost, up to $1,500*
||For insulation to qualify, its primary purpose must be to insulate. (example: vapor retarders are covered, insulated siding does not qualify). Must be expected to last 5 years OR have a 2 year warranty
*Subject to a $1,500 maximum per homeowner for all improvements combined.
For More Information:
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance for consumers: IRS Notice 2006-26
This information is presented to provide general information on the new federal tax credit and is not intended to be an interpretation of eligibility for the tax credit. Please consult with a qualified tax advisor to discuss eligibility.
Federal Tax Deductions
A tax deduction of up to $1.80 per square foot is available to owners or designers of new or existing commercial buildings that save at least 50% of the heating and cooling energy of a building that meets ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2001. Partial deductions of up to $.60 per square foot can be taken for measures affecting any one of three building systems: the building envelope, lighting, or heating and cooling systems. These tax deductions are available for systems “placed in service” from January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2013.
The roof is an important part of the building envelope. Installing Foam-LOK™ spray foam roofing insulation with a reflective Thermo-Flex™ acrylic elastomeric roof coating over an existing roof deck restores the roof, adds insulation, and contributes to the reduction of energy costs of commercial buildings.
IRS Notice 2006-52 (6/2/2006)
provides guidance on deduction for energy efficient commercial buildings.
Visit the following Energy Start website for more information regarding available tax credits. ENERGY STAR COMMERCIAL TAX CREDITS
This information is presented to provide general information on the new federal tax deductions and is not intended to be an interpretation of eligibility for the tax credit. Please consult with a qualified tax advisor to discuss eligibility.
Home Builder Tax Credit
The IRS has provided the following guidance regarding the tax credits for constructing energy efficient new homes available under the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Eligible contractors need to fill out IRS Form 8908
to get the tax credit.
IRS Notice 2006–27
provides guidance for the credit for building energy efficient homes other than manufactured homes.
Home builders are eligible for a $2,000 tax credit for a new energy efficient home that achieves 50% energy savings for heating and cooling over the 2004 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and supplements. At least 1/5 of the energy savings must come from building envelope improvements.
Spray foam insulation can contribute to projects’ achievement of high levels of energy efficiency using assessment methods, because of the R-value per inch and the air sealing performance characteristics.
These tax credits apply to new homes located in the United States whose construction is substantially completed after August 8, 2005 and that are acquired from the eligible contractor for use as a residence from January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2009.
Green Building Rating System™
LEED is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
and download Lapolla’s LEED brochure to learn how foam spray insulation, spray foam roofing and specialty coatings can directly earn LEED points, contribute toward LEED points, or support a strategy that will earn project LEED points. To learn more about the LEED Program, please visit the USGBC website
The economic value of spray foam insulation lasts over the lifetime of a building to maintain the environmental needs of future generations.
When shopping for a home, families and individuals are trying to find the best possible investment and comfort in their new home. During the sale of your home, be sure to advertise the benefits of having an AirTight Home.