STP1574

    Design Considerations for Sustainable Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) Thermal Insulation

    Published: Jan 2014


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    Abstract

    Extruded polystyrene (XPS) foam has been a useful and cost-effective thermal insulation for commercial and residential buildings for over 50 years. Producers have responded to a variety of factors, such as environmental regulations, building codes, and energy costs, to obtain effective alternative XPS products. This paper reviews XPS insulation formulations with blowing agents, HFC-134a and HFC-152a, that have long-term thermal performance to meet or exceed current codes. The developed XPS insulations have a zero ozone-depletion potential and provide a sustainable benefit to society.

    Keywords:

    sustainable XPS foam, thermal insulation, greenhouse gas


    Author Information:

    Smith, Roy E.
    Dow Chemical Company, Midland, MI

    Alcott, Jeffrey M.
    Dow Chemical Company, Midland, MI

    Mazor, Michael H.
    Dow Chemical Company, Energy and Climate Change, Midland, MI

    Smith, Roy E.
    Dow Chemical Company, Midland, MI

    Alcott, Jeffrey M.
    Dow Chemical Company, Midland, MI

    Mazor, Michael H.
    Dow Chemical Company, Energy and Climate Change, Midland, MI


    Paper ID: STP157420130089

    Committee/Subcommittee: C16.90

    DOI: 10.1520/STP157420130089


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