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Polyurethane insulation solutions meet all of the criteria for sustainable development, as summarised below.

Environmental impact

  • Excellent thermal efficiency – leading to optimum energy savings and reduced CO2 emissions
  • Relatively low environmental impact at the building level – on average, the product saves more than 100 times more energy than is used in its manufacture
  • Durability – leading to long term performance and reducing the need for replacement, thereby saving resources and energy over time
  • Minimal thickness – minimising building footprint and maximising land use
  • Reduced knock on effect on overall structure – depth of studs, size of fixings, structural loading, etc.
  • Transportation – lighter and thinner insulation requiring fewer deliveries
  • Reuse or recycling of uncontaminated production or site waste or energy recovery through incineration at end of life

Economic impact

  • Very competitive life cycle costs compared to other insulation materials in many new build and refurbishment applications
  • Higher return on investment rates than most common investments in financial products
  • Increased energy efficiency in buildings – leading to potential savings for the end user and increased disposable income
  • Increased internal space or smaller building footprint – maximising income from rent or sale and reducing investment costs
  • Few design adjustments for low energy houses – reduced costs for adjusting the building and construction products to high efficiency requirements and for the overall material use
  • Light-weight – reducing the material use and, thus, cost of certain structural elements
  • Significant numbers of jobs – not just directly, but also in associated industries
  • Potential for growth – as the requirement for insulation in new build increases and as the refurbishment market develops
  • Energy Security – reducing reliance on imported energy by reducing demand

Societal impact

  • Help in combating the effects of global warming
  • Potential to increase energy security
  • Employment
  • A reduction in fuel poverty
  • Healthier and more comfortable buildings
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