Morris Plains, New Jersey — Honeywell is offering US spray-foam contractors the chance to win prizes if they try spray foam systems that contain the firm's Solstice liquid blowing agent (LBA) as a key ingredient.
The baseball-themed promotion, “Hit A Foam Run” will run from October 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017. Participants can win prizes each month, and one grand prize winner will "receive a trip for two to watch the stars of baseball play in Miami, Florida," Honeywell said.
Spray foam contractors and builders are encouraged to contact one of the spray foam companies participating in the promotion and offering new closed-cell spray foam systems containing Solstice LBA.
“We have excellent feedback from many contractors who have already used the new systems,” said Laura Reinhard, global business manager, sprayfoam, Honeywell. “They are pleasantly surprised that simply changing the blowing agent can have so many positive effects, such as improved thermal performance, better yields, reduced clogging of the spray gun, and a smoother finish, among other improvements. They can experience improvements in foam performance with minimal adjustments to their existing equipment. We encourage contractors to ask their systems providers for spray foam made with Solstice LBA.”
Honeywell adds that global regulators are increasingly moving to phase out higher-global-warming-potential (GWP) foam blowing agents, refrigerants and other materials based on hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) technology. Last year, the US Environmental Protection Agency published regulations that will phase out the use of many HFC blowing agents. The new regulation, some of which become effective in January 2017, will require manufacturers to discontinue use of many standard HFC blowing agents and blends in some applications.
Solstice LBA, which is based on hydrofluoro-olefin (HFO) technology, has an ultra-low GWP of 1, which is 99.9 percent lower than HFC blowing agents it replaces, and equal to carbon dioxide, said Honeywell. It is non-ozone-depleting and nonflammable. Solstice LBA has received EPA approval under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program, and is volatile organic compound (VOC)-exempt per the EPA. It is also registered under the European Union’s REACH program. Honeywell’s Solstice LBA world-scale manufacturing plant in Louisiana started up in May 2014.