The most important use of polyurethanes in buildings is insulation. It is believed that polyurethanes are an inexpensive, sustainable and safe way to reduce carbon emissions leading to global warming.
Polyurethane insulation significantly reduces heat losses in households and offices in low temperatures. In the summer, they play an important role in the cooling of buildings, which results in less use of air conditioning.
Insulation in buildings is applied in walls, roofs, pipe housing, boiler housing, and in floors. Proper insulation means in practice keeping the heat inside buildings in cool climates and keeping it outdoors in warm climates.
The use of polyurethanes for insulation in buildings has many advantages:
- Buildings are more durable and require less maintenance due to the high strength of polyurethanes.
- Insulating boards made of polyurethane are lightweight and durable, resistant to moisture and easy to install.
- Compared to other forms of insulation, foam and polyurethane boards use less space, which enables architects and designers to maximize the use of interior space.
- Polyurethanes not only contribute to energy savings, but also to the continuous reduction of the carbon footprint.