NCFI Polyurethanes’ Spray Foam Products Use Honeywell’s Low Global-Warming Material

Honeywell has announced that NCFI Polyurethanes has transitioned to Honeywell’s low-global-warming material for roofing applications, with wall insulation systems to follow.

NCFI is offering closed-cell polyurethane spray foam formulated with Honeywell’s Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent (LBA) in roofing products. This offering marks another milestone as NCFI transitions its engineered building products line from hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) blowing agents with high global-warming-potential (GWP) to low-GWP products. This includes converting much of its polyurethane product line to Solstice LBA encompassing integral skin and other applications in advance of environmental regulations calling for a phaseout of HFCs.

Solstice LBA, which is based on low GWP hydrofluoro-olefin (HFO) technology, is an ingredient in closed-cell foam, allowing it to expand and enabling insulating performance. Solstice LBA has a low GWP of 1, which is 99.9 percent lower than HFCs and equal to carbon dioxide.

“A part of our low-GWP commitment is to introduce HFC-free spray foam products that meet our performance standards,” states Chip Holton, president, NCFI Polyurethanes. “Not only is our internal plan for conversions to a SmartSPF line ahead of the deadlines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, we also believe these spray foam products give us a competitive advantage.”

The adoption of Solstice LBA is part of how NCFI is fulfilling its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that was first publicized during a 20-company roundtable discussion held by President Obama at the White House last October. At that event, NCFI was honored for plans to transition from HFCs to low-GWP products. Honeywell was also recognized at the event during which it presented projections on the opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the adoption of the Solstice product suite. Worldwide adoption of Solstice products has resulted in the reduction of more than 31 million metric tons of greenhouse gases, equal to eliminating emissions from more than 6 million cars. 

“NCFI continues to make progress with the adoption of Solstice LBA,” says Laura Reinhard, global business manager for spray foam, Honeywell. “Not only is NCFI demonstrating environmental leadership by offering spray foam products with reduced climate impact, it is also seeing performance improvements.”

Compared to NCFI’s HFC-based insulation systems, the new systems featuring Solstice LBA deliver improvements in sprayability, consistency, and surface finish. The foam is strong and allows for walking on the roof to maintain equipment with less risk of damaging the foam.

Solstice LBA is nonflammable (ASTM E-681) and is not a volatile organic compound under applicable EPA air quality regulations. Solstice LBA is listed as an acceptable substitute for HFC blowing agents under the EPA’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program. Similarly, in Europe, Solstice LBA is regarded as non-global-warming and is not considered an F-Gas under the F-Gas regulations. It is registered under the European Union’s REACH program. Honeywell’s Solstice LBA manufacturing plant in Louisiana started up in May 2014.

Honeywell Challenges Spray Foam Insulation Contractors and Builders

Honeywell has announced that it will offer U.S. contractors and builders a chance to win prizes if they try spray foam systems that contain Honeywell’s Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent (LBA) as a key ingredient.

Honeywell’s promotion, “Hit A Foam Run” runs now through April 30, 2017. Participants can win prizes each month, and one grand prize winner will receive a trip for two to watch the stars of baseball play in Miami. Spray foam contractors and builders are encouraged to contact one of the spray foam companies participating in the promotion and offering closed-cell spray foam systems containing Solstice LBA. The list of companies offering spray foam systems formulated with Solstice LBA continues to grow.

Some of the systems are designated for wall insulation, others for roofing. Solstice LBA is a material that causes foam to expand and enables its insulating properties.

“We have feedback from many contractors who have already used the new systems,” said Laura Reinhard, global business manager, sprayfoam, Honeywell. “They are surprised that changing the blowing agent can have so many positive effects, such as thermal performance, increased yields, reduced clogging of the spray gun, and a smooth finish, among other improvements. They can experience improvements in foam performance with minimal adjustments to their existing equipment. We encourage contractors to ask their systems providers for spray foam made with Solstice LBA.”

Global regulators are moving to phase out higher-global-warming-potential (GWP) foam blowing agents, refrigerants and other materials based on hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) technology. Last year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published regulations that will phase out the use of many HFC blowing agents. The regulation, some of which becomes effective January 2017, will require manufacturers to discontinue use of many standard HFC blowing agents and blends in certain applications.

Solstice LBA, which is based on hydrofluoro-olefin (HFO) technology, has a GWP of 1, which is 99.9 percent lower than HFC blowing agents it replaces, and equal to carbon dioxide. It is non-ozone-depleting and nonflammable. Solstice LBA has received EPA approval under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program, and is volatile organic compound (VOC)-exempt per the EPA. It is also registered under the European Union’s REACH program. Honeywell’s Solstice LBA manufacturing plant in Louisiana started up in May 2014.

Adoption of Solstice products has resulted in the reduction of more than 30 million metric tons of greenhouse gases to date, equal to eliminating emissions from more than 6 million cars. 

Honeywell also manufactures Solstice Gas Blowing Agent, which replaces HFC-134a in low-pressure spray foam insulation, commercial appliance insulation and extruded polystyrene boardstock insulation for homes and buildings.

Solstice LBA is used in a variety of rigid foam insulation applications, including residential and commercial refrigeration equipment, spray foam insulation, and insulated metal panels, as well as flexible foam applications, such as molded and slabstock foam, and integral skin.

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.

Spray Foam Features Blowing Agent with Global-warming Potential of 1

Honeywell’s spray foam roofing system formulated with Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent

Honeywell’s spray foam roofing system formulated with Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent

Honeywell’s spray foam roofing system formulated with Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent has received a severe hail rating from FM Global. The roofing system, which was developed by West Development Group, may reduce insurance premiums for building owners. Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent is a next-generation blowing agent with a global-warming potential of 1. It is nonflammable, has received EPA approval under the Significant New Alternatives Policy Program and is not a volatile organic compound.

Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent

Honeywell's Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent in a spray foam roofing systemHoneywell’s spray foam roofing system formulated with Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent has received a severe hail rating from FM Global. The roofing system, which was developed by West Development Group, may reduce insurance premiums for building owners. Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent is a next-generation blowing agent with a global-warming potential of 1. It is nonflammable, has received EPA approval under the Significant New Alternatives Policy Program and is not a volatile organic compound.

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