Morris Township, New Jersey -- Honeywell says its new low-global-warming-potential (GWP) blowing agent for foam insulation has received final approval from the US Environmental Protection Agency.
The approval allows the company's Solstice liquid blowing agent (LBA) to be used in foam insulation in refrigerators, spray foam insulation for residential and commercial buildings, insulated metal panels and other applications in the US. The EPA granted the approval under its Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) programme, Honeywell said in a 14 Aug news release.
"No other material identified or discovered to date offers the comprehensive range of advantages - from energy efficient performance and ultra low-global-warming-potential to cost-effectiveness and safety - than this new product offering does," said Sanjeev Rastogi, business director, structural enclosures for Honeywell Fluorine Products.
He added, "We are looking forward to working with appliance manufacturers and builders who are seeking to improve their energy efficiency and environmental performance through the use of this new chemistry."
Solstice LBA has a global-warming-potential (GWP) of less than five, significantly lower than hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) blowing agents, Honeywell said. The LBA provides a pathway for industries to become more sustainable, but also remain energy efficient and cost-effective.