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Spray foams are made from a variety of materials, some of which are toxic or harmful to the environment, so it’s important to know what you’re getting.

Icynene has become a standard choice for versatile, nontoxic insulation that molds to slight incongruities in the building envelope and never off-gasses.

Icynene can be sprayed or poured depending on whether it’s being applied to new or existing structures. The water-based liquid releases no chemicals or fumes during or after installation, but must be done by a professional due to the fast-acting nature of the product.

Watching Icynene expand into place looks like a scene from a sci-fi flick. The installer wears a white suit, head covering, and mask, and sprays fi ne mist from a tank, which instantly mushrooms out to 100 times its volume, solidifying into white billows that then get trimmed off easily with a metal file. The lightweight material is 99 percent water, and formaldehyde-free, so waste is minimal and nontoxic.

With standards for indoor air quality growing more stringent and the increasing popularity of programs like LEED for Homes, Icynene stands out as a model of effective, efficient, safe insulation that goes in quickly and stands the test of time

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    Boston's rich history is potently infused into its dense, bustling neighborhoods, where the same brick walls that once contained cobbler shops now house Internet startups. The adaptive reuse of these buildings forms a solid foundation for sustainable renovation.

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