Net-Zero Energy Project at Purdue Uses Honeywell's Low-Global-Warming Material
September 22, 2014
Whirlpool Corp. and Purdue University are transforming a 2,800 square-foot home, built in 1928, into a net-zero energy, water and waste structure that will house a world-class research laboratory. They selected Honeywell’s Solstice LBA to increase the home’s energy efficiency.
“Closed-cell spray foam insulation seals gaps, cracks and holes as it is applied, making it one of the most energy-efficient insulation products available today,” said Laura Reinhard, global business manager for Honeywell’s spray foam business. “Solstice LBA has 99.9 percent lower global warming potential than traditional hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) foam blowing agents, yet provides higher insulating performance than HFC blowing agents.”
This particular use of the blowing agent, which causes closed-cell spray foam insulation to expand and provides the majority of the foam’s insulating properties, marked the first application of the new blowing agent in spray foam wall insulation. Solstice LBA is already used to insulate high-efficiency refrigerators.
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