CPI's PU Tech Conference to Discuss Advances in PU Chemistry for Construction Applications
- Jul 17, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- 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
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
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
Researchers from Air Products and Chemicals 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.
About the American Chemistry Council
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply
the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is
committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®, common sense advocacy designed
to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $720
billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is one of the nation's largest exporters, accounting for ten cents out of
every dollar in U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security
have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government
agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation's critical infrastructure.
About the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry
The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry of the American Chemistry Council promotes the sustainable growth of the polyurethanes industry. Its members are U.S. producers or distributors of chemicals and equipment used to make polyurethane or manufacturers of polyurethane products.
Source: American Chemistry Council
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