New, environmentally preferable technology for foam insulation allows manufacturers to meet federal regulations
MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., Sept. 25, 2013 &emdash; Honeywell
announced today that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has added Solstice™ Liquid Blowing Agent, also known as 1233zd, to the list of materials exempted from volatile organic compound (VOC) regulations.The classification will help manufacturers develop products that meet federal VOC regulations. The exemption further demonstrates the environmental benefits of Solstice LBA, which has a global warming potential (GWP) of less than 1 (lower than carbon dioxide), significantly lower than the GWP of traditional hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) blowing agents, and an order of magnitude lower than the GWPs of many hydrocarbons.Blowing agents allow closed-cell foam insulation to expand and provide the majority of the foam's excellent insulating properties. They are used by refrigerator manufacturers, spray foam insulation formulators and insulated panel manufacturers to provide superior insulating properties to a variety of end-use products including appliances, roofs and walls."Customers need a blowing agent that offers both outstanding thermal insulation performance and superior environmental properties. Solstice LBA offers just that &emdash; it is VOC-exempt, has an ultra-low GWP, and is nonflammable," said Rajiv Banavali, chief technology officer for Honeywell Fluorine Products.Solstice LBA is a cost-effective, energy-efficient and environmentally preferable alternative to high-global-warming-potential HFC blowing agents.VOCs are organic compounds that break down quickly in the lower atmosphere and participate in chemical reactions that ultimately create tropospheric (ground-level) ozone, which is an irritant and a major component of smog. The EPA provided the VOC exemption for Solstice LBA based on the material's low photochemical reactivity and negligible contribution to the generation of ground-level ozone.In addition to Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent, Honeywell's family of Solstice-branded products includes stationary and mobile refrigerants, gaseous blowing agents, propellants and solvents based on Honeywell's new hydrofluoro-olefin technology that helps customers lower their carbon footprint without sacrificing end-product performance. The products have been developed and are being commercialized by Honeywell's Fluorine Products business, a leader in the manufacture and supply of non-ozone-depleting blowing agents for energy-efficient foam insulation.For more information, please visit
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