Polyurethane is a highly versatile material capable of solving many problems and is used in the construction, furniture, bedding, automotive, binder and many other industries. Because they are durable, lightweight and versatile, polyurethanes can help reduce waste and consume less energy. Energy efficiency and recycling continue to be an important issue facing both industry and the consumer.

Polyurethanes are found in all facets of building construction from product manufacturing to solving critical application needs on the job. They are used as insulation, adhesives, sealants and binders in a variety of construction products and in numerous other uses. The desire and need for more energy efficient buildings has encouraged the use of more polyurethane products.

Together with the rest of the plastics industry, the polyurethanes industry endorses the practice of conserving resources and minimizing the environmental and health impacts of plastics and plastic products. CPI supports the use of:

  • Environmental and energy-efficiency criteria in product design and purchasing decisions, along with product safety, cost, performance and availability.

  • Environmental performance and energy criteria in product evaluations through a “systems” approach, using recognized life cycle analysis tools that include the entire “use” phase.

  • Sustainable product criteria that reflect consensus-based decision-making, best available science, transparency, and openness to ALL stakeholders.

NIST Net Zero Energy Residential Tour

Join NIST Chief, Energy and Environment Division, Dr. Hunter Fanney as he takes viewers on a tour of the new Net Zero Energy Home just outside of the nation’s capital in Gaithersburg, MD.

Watch the video above to see how new polyurethane plastic materials and technologies are enabling our nation’s experimental Net Zero Energy home.

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