Frankfurt, Germany-- Polyurethane will play a key role in the future of construction, according to experts from European associations said the Professional Association for Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes (FSK).
Insulation group members from FSK, the Association of German Prefabricated Houses and the Central Association of Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning met in February to discuss the material’s role in tomorrow’s construction sector.
Representatives outlined the importance of insulation and energy-efficiency. From 2018, building regulations set out by the Energy Saving Ordinance will require a greater level of insulation thickness which will impact polyurethane practitioners and suppliers. Cold water pipes will have to be properly insulated too.
Energy-saving regulations coming into effect this year and changing demographics, such as growing demand for single occupancy homes and the decline of family house building due to a lack of development areas, or too few designated areas of the municipalities were discussed.
Members discussed how house construction had halved in recent years and currently stands at under 100,000 units per year. However, John Schwoerer from of the Association of German Prefabricated Houses, said there is already a growing proportion of prefabricated houses in Germany - somewhere around 15%.
The associations agreed a regular exchange of information on relevant domestic technology topics.