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PIR: The solution of today for the demands of tomorrow!

There is a material, which is a great help to keep our houses warm and our food cool. It is everywhere from stadia to hospitals and from cold storage houses until residential buildings. It is one of our most important weapons in fight against climate change. This certain something is the insulation. The PIR insulation is one of the most powerful insulation materials in common use. It has a low weight and it is easy to handle and to install. The extremely low thermal conductivity means that to achieve the same energy efficiency the required thickness is much thinner than those of the most insulation boards. PUR foam is extraordinary multifunctional and fit for use everywhere.

How do we fight against climate change?

About 40 % of the whole energy in Europe are spent in buildings and more than 60 % of this energy are used for heating and ventilation. In fight against climate change, and to reduce the energy consumption, the simplest and definitely the most important mission is to provide houses with good quality insulation. PUR is one of the most powerful insulation materials because the minimum thickness and the Lambda value of  0,022W/mK (thermal conductivity coefficient) ensure a higher efficiency grade of heat insulation. That is the way how we can get the same insulation performance (U-value) using an essential lower material thickness or how we can save at least more than 20 % of energy for heating and ventilation in comparison to other insulation materials in common use. The application is for both new buildings and renewals possible. Did you know that at about 3 % of the buildings in Europe the energy demand has been decreasing yearly by 80 % at the average? The PUR/PIR insulation is the key to the improvement.

Which is the better choice: PIR insulation or another type of thicker boards?

As a PU insulation has a very low thermal conductivity one only needs to choose a minimal material thickness in order to achieve the required thermal efficiency. This is a considerably lower thickness than in case of the most products of the competitors indeed. On the one hand, it has a positive impact on the room use and the structural requirements: the whole masonry requires smaller width, the cornice smaller depth, the fixation smaller length and so on. It affects the expenses and makes possible the best use of the available building, site and/or the living environment. These factors are worth considering whilst choosing as well.

Case study – Flat roof insulation with different materials

The environmental indicators used in this case study according to standard CEN prEN 15643-2:2010 (Paragraph 6.2.2) read as follows: access to flat roof specification: reference 7. page 70. GWP: global warming potential ODP: ozone depletion potential AP: acidification potential POCP: photochemical ozone creation potential EP: eutrophication potential Recent studies found that this „secondary effect” has a significant impact on the global environmental performance of insulation materials especially in case of buildings with a very low energy demand. As a result and dependent on the end user PU insulation makes a smaller global effect on the environment in comparison to other materials in common use. Resource: http://www.excellence-in-insulation.eu

Case study – Flat roof insulation with different materials

The environmental indicators used in this case study according to standard CEN prEN 15643-2:2010 (Paragraph 6.2.2) read as follows: access to flat roof specification: reference 7. page 70. GWP: global warming potential ODP: ozone depletion potential AP: acidification potential POCP: photochemical ozone creation potential EP: eutrophication potential Recent studies found that this „secondary effect” has a significant impact on the global environmental performance of insulation materials especially in case of buildings with a very low energy demand. As a result and dependent on the end user PU insulation makes a smaller global effect on the environment in comparison to other materials in common use. Resource: http://www.excellence-in-insulation.eu

What can PIR insulation provide considering the environmental effects?

Excellent thermal efficiency: energy saving and reduced CO2 emission 2. Low environmental effect in the buildings: a certain quantity of product can save a hundred times more energy than used for its manufacture 3. Sustainability: due to the durable performance, there is no need to renewal buildings frequently and they save energy in the course of time 4. Minimal thickness: better use of room height 5. Cost savings, secondary effects concerning fixing measurements, construction loading of the whole structure 6. Delivery: a reasonable transport of boards having lighter weight and smaller thickness