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Discussion Highlights New Polyurethane Insulation Formulations that Advance Environmental Stewardship Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 16, 2012) - This year's Polyurethanes Technical Conference will showcase the important role various polyurethane insulations have in improving energy efficiency throughout the building and construction industry. The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry's (CPI)  2012 Polyurethanes Technical Conference will take place Sept. 24 to 26 at the  Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta.

"Rigid polyurethane insulations, including spray foam, pour-in-place foam and polyisocyanurate foam, can help reduce energy use in homes and other buildings, which is advantageous for builders, architects and homeowners," said Lee Salamone, Senior Director of CPI. "Continuous technical advances in polyurethane chemistry continue to make rigid polyurethane foam even more effective. During the conference, attendees will learn more about the latest blowing agents that are designed to help improve the energy efficiency offered by these insulations and seek to decrease environmental impacts."

The 2012 Polyurethanes Technical Conference will feature more than 60 technical presentations, providing both construction and polyurethane industry leaders and professionals with an opportunity to hear about the latest technical innovations and issues affecting the global polyurethanes industry. This year's conference includes two technical sessions focused on construction-related topics, in addition to a session focused on sustainability issues that will examine life-cycle considerations for polyurethane products in buildings. 

  • Scientists from  Honeywell will discuss innovative blowing agent solutions, specifically the performance of the Solstice liquid blowing agent blended with select hydrocarbons and other blowing agents in pour-in-place panel applications.

  • Researchers from  Evonik will explore the relationship between surfactants and aged insulation value in PIR foam with a particular focus on the effect of surfactant on the foam aging process and the notion that an advantage in initial insulation value will translate to an advantage in aged insulation value.

  • Researchers from  DuPont will examine the latest laboratory studies and customer evaluations into Formacel® 1100, including physical and chemical stability, insulation performance and other foam properties.

  • Industry experts from  Kellen Company and  Bayer MaterialScience will lead a discussion on the evolution of building code requirements and their influence on building envelope design.

  • Researchers from  Cannon Group and  Cannon Benelux will discuss a project that required supplying a complete line for the production of large building panels for walls and roofs, as well as the technical challenges they encountered and resulting solutions.

A second construction session is specifically devoted to spray polyurethane foam applications. 

  • Researchers from  Arkema Inc. will discuss AFA-L1, their new low global warming-potential (GWP) blowing agent and its effectiveness in stable blends for construction materials.

  • Scientists from  DuPont will lead a discussion on several low GWP spray foam expansion agents with a focus on their performance and greenhouse gas emissions across the entire supply chain.

  • Researchers from  Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. will examine the reduction of volatile organic compounds in spray foam, which reduces exposure to both workers applying the spray foam and end users.

  • A researcher from  Evonik Goldschmidt will explore the optimization of spray polyurethane foam quality as polyurethane systems integrate newly available raw materials.

In addition to the technical sessions, this year's conference also features CPI's popular Polyurethane Professional Development Program . Course topics include introductory polyurethane chemistry; technology; markets and applications; adhesives and sealants; coatings and elastomers; equipment; raw materials, testing, specifications and performance; and physical testing of foams. CPI will also present its annual  Polyurethane Innovation Award during the conference's closing session.

Registration  for the 2012 Polyurethanes Technical Conference is now open. Several sponsorship opportunities , including table top exhibition space , are still available. In addition,  poster submissions will be accepted through Aug. 22. For more information on the conference or to register, visit the CPI Website .

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