Honeywell’s Solstice® Liquid Blowing Agent used to create environmentally preferable panels that meet Estidama standards in the United Arab Emirates
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES.: Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that Technical Supplies & Services Co. (TSSC), a leader in the production of insulated metal panels for walls and roofs in the United Arab Emirates, has developed and launched a new, environmentally preferable, insulating foam panel made with Honeywell’s Solstice® Liquid Blowing Agent (LBA). TSSC’s adoption of Solstice LBA reflects the commitment of the Middle East foam industry to transition to lower-global-warming-potential (GWP) materials, as demonstrated by the Kigali meetings that resulted in an amendment to the Montreal Protocol that would phase down the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) for the first time.
Solstice LBA is based on hydrofluoro-olefin (HFO) technology and has an ultra-low GWP of 1, which is 99.9 percent lower than HFCs and equal to carbon dioxide. HFCs are high-GWP materials that are being phased down by global environmental regulations.
The Estidama program outlines methodologies for sustainable building development in the UAE. It is a key component of the Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 plan. The plan rewards developers for using insulating materials with a GWP of <5.
“We are committed to producing energy-efficient materials that help our customers transition to next-generation products like our metal panels made with Solstice LBA,” said Miro Donabedian, general manager, Polyurethane & Refrigeration systems, TSSC. “Honeywell’s technology enables the panels to provide superior thermal performance with significantly lower impact on the environment.”
Solstice LBA is a critical ingredient in closed-cell foam, allowing it to expand and providing much of its excellent insulating properties. It increases the thermal performance of conventionally-processed polyurethane (PUR) and polyisocyanurate (PIR) foam in both continuous and discontinuous panel operations.
“The world is moving to adopt low-GWP materials, which has accelerated the demand for Solstice LBA,” said Amir Naqvi, regional marketing manager, Honeywell. “Our fourth-generation blowing agent offers an ultra-low GWP, provides improved energy efficiency and requires little to no retrofitting of existing equipment, making it an ideal option for customers seeking environmentally preferable technology that meets global regulations.”
Solstice LBA is being adopted by rigid insulation manufacturers worldwide to reduce their environmental footprint and comply with environmental and energy efficiency regulations. Worldwide adoption of Solstice has resulted in the reduction of more than 32 million metric tons of greenhouse gases to-date, equal to eliminating emissions from more than 6 million cars.
Solstice LBA is nonflammable (ASTM E-681) and is not a volatile organic compound per U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It is listed under the U.S. EPA’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program and is also registered under the European Union’s REACH program. Honeywell’s new world-scale production capacity manufacturing plant for Solstice LBA started up in May 2014.
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