Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Two recent studies - one from Bayer MaterialScience llc and another by the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) - have found "substantial potential" for energy savings and carbon-footprint reduction of building insulation materials, a 29 Oct BMS statement said.
BMS, which manufactures spray polyurethane foam insulation through its BaySystems business, recently published its report: 'Energy and Environmental Impact Reduction Opportunities for Existing Buildings with Low-Slope Roofs' which looks at the environmental benefits of adding additional insulation to commercial building roofs.
The importance of this report, BMS said, has been affirmed by a recent study from the ICCA which claims insulation materials for the construction industry "offer the biggest opportunity enabled by the chemical industry to impact emissions savings." The ICCA report cited insulation materials as accounting for 40 percent of the total identified equivalent CO2 savings, BMS added.
From a life-cycle perspective, BMS said, adding insulation during roof replacement across the 10 building types studied was 20 to 28 times greater than the one-time energy use required for making raw materials, manufacturing and installing and transporting the insulation.
"It as gratifying to make a contribution to deeper understanding the life cycle implications of our our materials," said Jerry Phelan, polyiso marketing manager, BMS. (RD)