Sustainability, Insulation, and the Environment
The focus of today’s architects, specifiers and builders is on sustainability—building for longevity while conserving the environment. This means choosing building products that are energy-efficient, conserve virgin resources, minimize waste and reduce pollution.
The use of existing energy-efficiency technologies, such as insulation, are fundamental to sustainable development. Polyurethane foam insulation is actively engaged in efforts to reduce emissions, demand for natural resources and energy use at the manufacturing plants.
These reductions are realized through improvements in energy efficiency (maximized insulation usage), more efficient melting technologies, reductions in actual emissions through control technologies, and greater reliance on recycled materials and renewable raw materials.
Energy Efficiency = Environmental Savings
A building that is thermally efficient reduces the amount of energy required to maintain a comfortable living/working environment. A reduction in energy consumption means less fossil fuel is burned to produce that energy and the result is a reduction in polluting gases emitted into the atmosphere.
If a building uses renewable energy, an efficient building uses less of it which allows more buildings to be powered using the same energy resources.
The Foam Insulation Industry has made countless changes in manufacturing processes to decrease energy used, virtually eliminate waste water effluent discharges and limit the amount of pollutants emitted during the manufacture of its products.