Allentown, Pennsylvania – Evonik has opened a new spray foam testing facility at its site here.
The facility has a cold chamber that can lower temperatures to 0°F (–18°C) for cold weather adhesion testing. Evonik said this enables the materials to undergo testing in real-world conditions at any time of the year. ‘[This helps] to speed up formulation development time and improve product performance,' it said.
The facility also has an emission testing facility. This is designed to help customers establish formal measurement and testing protocols to meet current environmental standards and future ASTM standards.
Christian Eillbracht, head of PU insulation at Evonik, said: ‘[The new facilities] will help make better performing spray foams that achieve lower emissions to meet industry benchmarks like the Greenguard Gold Standard.’
The American Chemistry Council estimates that if all 113m family homes in the US were insulated with spray foam, a total of $33bn of energy costs could be saved each year.