Polyurethane is one of the most energy efficient insulation materials available in buildings and appliances. From homes to offices, polyurethane insulation can be used in roofs, walls, floors and ceiling cavities, as well as building exterior applications, in both new and retrofit construction projects. Polyurethane insulation is also used to improve the energy efficiency of refrigerators, cold storage facilities, commercial pipelines, water heaters and more.
With energy prices subject to significant volatility and the growing pressure to reduce carbon dioxide emissions caused by fossil fuels, the need for energy saving insulation is great.
Governments are recognizing this with new energy efficiency legislation. As a leading global producer of methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI), a key component in polyurethane insulation, Huntsman plays a role in conserving energy and contributing to a sustainable planet.
Additionally, with the recent acquisition of the business of Oxid L.P., Huntsman now offers a full range of polyols, including TEROL® aromatic polyester polyols and JEFFOL® polyether polyols. Both of which are key components used in the manufacturing of numerous polyurethane-based insulation products/systems, including polyisocyanurate (polyiso/PIR) boards, spray polyurethane foam and insulated metal panels.
Polyurethane: the preferred insulant for energy efficiency
Polyurethane-based insulation has one of the highest thermal resistance (R-values) at a given thickness and lowest thermal conductivity of all insulation materials. Additionally, it can be used in many building types, where the need for insulation and air-tightness is combined with water vapor retardation, load-bearing strength, impact resistance, weight and space optimization, low maintenance and durability.
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