Honeywell has announced that All Weather Insulated Panels (AWIP) will transition panel production for commercial applications to insulating foam made with Honeywell’s Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent (LBA).
Solstice LBA, which is based on hydrofluoro-olefin (HFO) technology, is an ingredient in closed-cell foam, allowing it to expand and providing much of its insulating properties. Solstice LBA increases the thermal performance of processed polyurethane (PUR) and polyisocyanurate (PIR) foam in both continuous and discontinuous panel operations.
“The transition from HFC-245fa foam blowing agent to Solstice LBA will advance our insulated metal panel technology to further meet the growing energy, environmental and economic challenges facing the North American building industry,” said William Lowery, president, All Weather Insulated Panels. “We strive to provide products for today’s market conditions. These panels are aligned with evolving environmental regulations that call for an eventual phase-out of HFC blowing agents.”
Lowery added that Solstice LBA will make their panels efficient in terms of energy retention and help AWIP be prepared for the environmental standards that will go into effect in 2020.
AWIP’s wall, roof and interior partition panels are used in a variety of commercial and industrial applications such as cold storage warehouses, wineries, coolers, freezers and food processing facilities, which require temperature-controlled environments. AWIP operates two continuous line manufacturing facilities in Vacaville, Calif. and Little Rock, Ark.
“We are pleased that AWIP has chosen Solstice LBA for its production of commercial panels,” said Patrick Clifford, global business manager for Honeywell’s foam blowing agents business. “Demand for Solstice LBA continues to accelerate as more insulation producers are seeing the advantages of our fourth-generation blowing agent.”
Solstice LBA is being adopted by insulation manufacturers worldwide to reduce their environmental footprint and comply with environmental and energy efficiency regulations. Adoption of Solstice products by Honeywell customers has resulted in the reduction of more than 30 million metric tons of greenhouse gases to-date, equal to eliminating emissions from more than six million cars.
Solstice LBA has a global-warming-potential (GWP) of 1, which is 99.9 percent lower than hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and equal to carbon dioxide. It is nonflammable (ASTM E-681) and is not a volatile organic compound per U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It is listed under the U.S. EPA’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program and is also registered under the European Union’s REACH program.