A Complex Build in Quebec Achieves the Ultimate Building Envelope

As a global leader in high performance, sustainable, building envelope solutions, Huntsman Building Solutions (HBS) – in partnership with Isolation Multi-Services (IMS) – provided the most effective air and vapour barrier, high R-value and weather resistant protection with Heatlok Soya HFO for Montreal Social Housing ‘Îlot Rosemont’, one of the largest buildings project to date in Quebec. 

HBS worked closely with its business partner, Isolation Multi-Services Inc. (IMS), to effectively address the requirements of the project. The project specified Heatlok Soya HFO, which represents HBS’ best performing product to meet the demands of the Quebec climate which requires insulation with a high thermal resistance. Heatlok Soya HFO resists water and high winds during construction leading to time saved and less waste. 

“The insulation installed at Îlot Rosemont will require zero maintenance and remain durable for the lifetime of the building. Twenty years from now, exterior, and interior finishes may look different and require touch-ups, but the insulation will be in prime condition,” says Geneviève Savary, Sales Manager Quebec, Specialty Products with Huntsman Building Solutions.

Îlot Rosemont is a sophisticated initiative led by the Office Municipal d’Habitation de Montréal (OMHM) with the support of GRT ‘Bâtir son quartier’. It provides 193 housing units for low-income seniors in addition to an administrative centre for nearly 300 employees.

Spray foam insulation allows architects to design and implement increasingly complex structures within their projects, as certain design choices can only be achieved with the use of spray foam. It also creates a more comfortable living environment, which is especially important for this project. Heatlok Soya HFO contributes to less air leakage and lower condensation. It also protects residents from Radon build-up. Radon is an odourless, tasteless, colourless gas which is the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. HFO based closed-cell spray foam functions as an air barrier which prevents Radon from seeping into buildings and accumulating to deadly concentrations.

“We wanted to create a living environment that was not only comfortable for the people living here, but also aesthetically pleasing and welcoming to the community at large,” says Vincent Brouillette and Martin Côté, owners of Isolation Multi-Services Inc (IMS). “Spray foam insulation allowed us to achieve architectural ambitions that traditional insulation methods could not, and we’re thrilled that residents will enjoy lower energy costs without sacrificing building beauty and home comfort.”

Additionally, the long-term environmental impact of this project will be greatly reduced due to the decision to use Heatlok Soya HFO. When compared to fiberglass insulation, Heatlok Soya HFO could save as much as 110,000 kilograms of CO2 over a service life of 75 years. It is also the first and only spray foam insulation solution with a product-specific Type III Environmental Product Declaration (EPD).

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The Huntsman Building Solutions business is a global leader in high-performance, sustainable building envelope solutions. Its systems and solutions are widely utilized to optimize commercial and residential structures worldwide in both new construction and retrofit applications. Formed in 2020 with the acquisition of Icynene-Lapolla and its combination with Demilec, the Huntsman Building Solutions business capitalizes on legacy industry technologies, environmental stewardship, and the power of the Huntsman brand. For more information, visit huntsmanbuildingsolutions.com.

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Huntsman Corporation is a publicly traded global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated and specialty chemicals with 2020 revenues of approximately $6 billion. Our chemical products number in the thousands and are sold worldwide to manufacturers serving a broad and diverse range of consumer and industrial end markets. We operate more than 70 manufacturing, R&D and operations facilities in approximately 30 countries and employ approximately 9,000 associates within our four distinct business divisions. For more information about Huntsman, please visit the company’s website at www.huntsman.com.