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EPiC database - Polyurethane (PU) rigid foam insulation

Version 2 2020-12-10, 20:45
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posted on 2020-12-10, 20:45 authored by Robert CrawfordRobert Crawford, André StephanAndré Stephan, Fabian PrideauxFabian Prideaux
This material is part of the free Environmental Performance in Construction (EPiC) Database. The EPiC Database contains embodied environmental flow coefficients for 250+ construction materials using a comprehensive hybrid life cycle inventory approach.

Polyurethane (PU) is a polymer with a low density, low thermal conductivity and high durability.

PU is produced by mixing a stream of isocyanate and a stream of polyol, including any other additives. The proportion of each stream in the mix is often used to alter the material properties. The resulting mixture is poured into a mould or onto a surface. Once cured, the PU is demoulded.

PU insulation consists of rigid foam panels that are used for high-performance insulation.