AWIP Uses Solstice LBA Insulation for Metal Panel Production

Honeywell has announced that All Weather Insulated Panels (AWIP) will transition panel production for commercial applications to insulating foam made with Honeywell’s Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent (LBA).

Solstice LBA, which is based on hydrofluoro-olefin (HFO) technology, is an ingredient in closed-cell foam, allowing it to expand and providing much of its insulating properties. Solstice LBA increases the thermal performance of processed polyurethane (PUR) and polyisocyanurate (PIR) foam in both continuous and discontinuous panel operations.

“The transition from HFC-245fa foam blowing agent to Solstice LBA will advance our insulated metal panel technology to further meet the growing energy, environmental and economic challenges facing the North American building industry,” said William Lowery, president, All Weather Insulated Panels. “We strive to provide products for today’s market conditions. These panels are aligned with evolving environmental regulations that call for an eventual phase-out of HFC blowing agents.”

Lowery added that Solstice LBA will make their panels efficient in terms of energy retention and help AWIP be prepared for the environmental standards that will go into effect in 2020. 
 
AWIP’s wall, roof and interior partition panels are used in a variety of commercial and industrial applications such as cold storage warehouses, wineries, coolers, freezers and food processing facilities, which require temperature-controlled environments. AWIP operates two continuous line manufacturing facilities in Vacaville, Calif. and Little Rock, Ark.

“We are pleased that AWIP has chosen Solstice LBA for its production of commercial panels,” said Patrick Clifford, global business manager for Honeywell’s foam blowing agents business. “Demand for Solstice LBA continues to accelerate as more insulation producers are seeing the advantages of our fourth-generation blowing agent.”

Solstice LBA is being adopted by insulation manufacturers worldwide to reduce their environmental footprint and comply with environmental and energy efficiency regulations. Adoption of Solstice products by Honeywell customers has resulted in the reduction of more than 30 million metric tons of greenhouse gases to-date, equal to eliminating emissions from more than six million cars. 

Solstice LBA has a global-warming-potential (GWP) of 1, which is 99.9 percent lower than hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and equal to carbon dioxide. It 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.

Owens Corning Releases Eighth Annual Sustainability Report

Owens Corning announced significant progress toward achieving its 2020 environmental footprint goals and declared its intentions to expand its handprint beyond the walls of its facilities. The company released those results recently in its eighth annual Sustainability Report. The company defines its handprint as the net-positive effects of its products, market-leading work to drive energy efficiency and climate-impact improvements across the built environment, and improving the lives of employees, their families and their communities.

“Dedicating time and energy to achieving our sustainability goals, expanding our handprint, is one way we are striving to be better, every day, as a company,” said Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer Frank O’Brien-Bernini. “This effort includes the products we offer, collaborating with customers to increase the positive impact of those products in the world and productively engaging in our communities.”

The report also highlights Owens Corning’s distinction as the winner of the exclusive Green Cross for Safety medal from the National Safety Council for leadership and progress in safety. In 2013, the company extended its industry-leading track record of safety achievement with performance comparable to 2012.

Building on the successes of its first 10-year sustainability goals, this is the third year the company is reporting against its 2020 goals. Introduced in 2011, the company’s 2020 goals were designed to expand the scope and further raise the bar on its commitment to sustainability.

“Our footprint reduction accomplishments are representative of the progress we have made this past year,” O’Brien-Bernini said. “We’ve received growing interest and support for our net-positive handprint accounting . It has led us to consider new business models and new ways of serving our customers that we hadn’t considered before.”

Highlights of 2013 include:

    · Commissioned the largest on-site solar PV system in the state of New York at the Delmar EcoTouch™ Insulation plant.

    · Recycled one million tons of asphalt shingles in North America, representing approximately 10 percent of the market.

    · Doubled our freight miles driven on natural gas (converted from diesel), paving the way to run 15 percent Natural Gas Miles in 2014; the goal is 50 percent by 2020.

    · Signed the Climate Declaration calling on the U.S. policymakers to address climate change and joined the Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP) advocacy organization.

    · Assisted nearly 4,000 families through the donation of insulation and roofing materials for their homes.

    · Impacted the lives of more than 5,500 children in China by constructing nutritional food kitchens in rural schools.

Owens Corning’s 2013 Sustainability Report is consistent with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines known as GRI-G3.1. GRI’s Sustainability Reporting Guidelines set a globally applicable framework for reporting the economic, environmental and social dimensions of an organization’s activities, products and services.