Honeywell announced today that closed-cell polyurethane foam insulation using its Enovate(R) blowing agent is helping to insulate China's National Olympic Stadium, the first such use for a major public building in the region.
The insulating technology will help meet strict energy efficiency and environmental guidelines required by government construction authorities, as well as international Olympic construction guidelines regarding environmental protection. The energy-efficient material is used to insulate walls for seating areas for the National Stadium, commonly called the Bird's Nest.
The stadium will be the venue for the Opening Ceremony of the 29th Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, which begin in August 2008. The nearly 2.8 million square-foot facility will hold more than 90,000 spectators.
"Closed-cell spray foam insulation using Enovate is rapidly being adopted globally," said Ken Gayer, global business director for Honeywell's foam insulation blowing agents. "The material is proven and provides exceptional energy benefits and environmental performance compared to other insulation materials. Honeywell is honored that our technology will be a part of such a high-profile event like the upcoming Beijing Olympics."
Honeywell's Enovate blowing agent, a non-flammable, zero ozone-depleting hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) liquid, allows insulating foam to expand and helps provide many of the foam's key performance characteristics.
Yantai Polyurethane Co., Ltd, based in Yantai, Shandong Province, supplied the polyurethane insulation materials. Harbin Tianshuo Building Materials Industry Co., Ltd. is responsible for overall spraying construction.
The Bird's Nest is not the first major stadium to use this type of insulation. Closed-cell polyurethane using Enovate served as a roofing material to repair the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, La., following Hurricane Katrina in 2006. In addition to applications such as public buildings, the material is used to help insulate homes, especially walls and roofing, as well as for novel applications such as solar water heaters in China.
Major appliance makers also use foam with Honeywell Enovate to insulate refrigerator and freezer cabinets and doors to achieve ENERGY STAR(R) ratings. Honeywell recently announced a multi-year supply agreement with Hisense Kelon, a leading home appliance manufacturer based in Guangdong Province, China.
Honeywell is a leading innovator in high-performance foam insulation blowing agent technology. The company continues to innovate through its ongoing materials development programs, which include a low global warming potential (GWP) solution for Europe to address regulations regarding one- component foam used to seal around windows and doors.
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