September 22nd, 2015
MOUNT AIRY, NC— Like all farms, the 212-acre Farm at the Children’s Home of Winston-Salem, NC, grows a bounty of lettuces, beans, potatoes, and big, red, juicy tomatoes in the area’s rich high plateau soil. The produce grown is either used to feed the children and families they serve, or sold at the local farmer’s market and distributed to local restaurants, so the challenge for the selfsustaining farm was how to make what they grow last as long as possible.
Dan Dockery, chief building official for Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, turned to colleague John Salisbury, whose insulation company, Energy Tamers of the Triad, is located nearby, and who works with spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation. Salisbury then called Kevin Watson, a sales associate with NCFI Polyurethanes, headquartered just north of Winston-Salem in Mount Airy, NC. NCFI is one of the country’s leading makers of high performance spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation. Watson, in turn, convinced NCFI to donatethe SPF foam to the Children’s Home.
“John’s [Salisbury] company does an exceptional job at spraying foam, and he’s got a big heart,” says Watson. “He didn’t get the entire pitch out of his mouth before I asked where the project was located and when could they start spraying our foam.”
Energy Tamers used NCFI’s new low GWP (global warming potential) next generation blowing agent wall foam on the walls and roof of the 200 sq ft produce room. Unlike older, conventional insulation, SPF insulation is spray applied as a viscous liquid, so it fills every crack and crevice, then expands and cures in place to form a seamless, monolithic envelope with R-values that far outpace old insulation types.
Mark Spicer, director of the Farm Program at The Children’s Home says, “It’s going to be great. Temperatures fluctuate greatly here, so we needed the building to stay consistently cool year-round. We try to keep it at 51 degrees during the summer and 45 degrees in winter, and I have no doubt this NCFI insulation is going to do the job.”
Salisbury added, “We were so glad to donate our time to this farm project. I’m really glad Dan [Dockery] gave us the chance and Kevin [Watson] and NCFI gave us the foam. It’s one of the many reasons why we use NCFI foam products. Not only are they headquartered here in North Carolina but they make the very best, most consistent products on the market, bar none. This new low GWP wall foam falls into the closed-cell InsulStar brand family and far exceeded our expectations.”
The Children’s Home of Winston-Salem, NC has been in operation since 1909, and has served over 10,000 children and their families. They also provide residential treatment, foster care and adoption services, substance abuse and counseling services.