BASF and partners present European construction project at BATIMAT 2013
- At the trade fair in Paris, BASF showcases chemistry’s contribution to sustainable construction
- Visitors can attend a conference about BuildTog – a new type of building that combines best energy performance, cost-efficient construction and high-quality architecture
Paris, France – November 04, 2013 – From November 4 until November 8, BASF will present numerous solutions in the area of sustainable housing and construction at the BATIMAT trade fair in Paris Nord Villepinte. Based at Hall 5A/stand D34, the company will showcase products to raise energy efficiency, reduce maintenance and improve comfort.
BASF engages with partners around the world to elaborate how material solutions can be applied to create more energy-efficient buildings. One example is the BuildTog (Building Together) construction project (www.buildtog.eu) which is driven by the European Housing Network EURHONET, together with BASF, the French architect Nicolas Michelin and his architecture firm A/NM/A as well as the German energy efficiency consultancy LUWOGE consult. The objective is to create a new generation of residential houses in several European countries which combine best energy performance with cost-efficient construction and high-quality architecture. Visitors of the BATIMAT trade fair are invited to attend a conference on BuildTog which takes place on November 7 at 15:40 in Hall 5A, room 504.
Reducing energy consumption
Housing and construction accounts for around 40% of global energy use and buildings contribute to 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Greenhouse gas emissions are the main cause of global warming. The BASF insulation products presented at BATIMAT contribute towards diminishing this harmful environmental impact.
BASF’s innovative expandable polystyrene (EPS) Neopor®, for example, contains graphite. This results in insulation performance that is up to 20% better than conventional EPS. Insulation materials made from Neopor® can be used in wall, roof and interior insulation. Its high performance results in lower energy usage and lower CO2 emissions.
Styrodur® is an extruded rigid polystyrene foam (XPS). It is used for perimeter insulation, pressure-loaded floors and inverted roofs. Optimum thermal insulation using Styrodur® makes a significant contribution to reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent emissions.
More solutions that contribute to energy efficiency and that are presented at BATIMAT include polyurethane (PU) applications. Elastopor® H and Elastopir® are polyurethane rigid foam systems used to produce sandwich panels and insulation boards. Elastospray® is a polyurethane (PU) spray foam for roofs, walls and floors insulation. The extremely low thermal conductivity of 0.023 to 0.030 W/mK improves insulation performance and saves energy. Combined with ULTRADUR® engineering plastic, Elastopor® can also be used for window frames insulation reducing heat loss by 20%.
Basotect® is a flexible, open cell foam made from melamin resin. Thanks to its thermal stability and high flame retardancy, it is used for the insulation of solar collectors. Thus, the foam can contribute to an improved energy-efficiency of buildings – the collectors use solar energy to provide warm water for residential buildings and commercial premises.
Prolonging the lifespan of buildings
Highly durable, robust and resistant construction reduces lifecycle costs due to lower maintenance needs which mean fewer costly repairs. The use of BASF chemistry prolongs the lifespan of buildings and infrastructure. BASF admixtures and concrete performance enhancing products such as X–SEED® and MASTERFIBER® strengthen the durability of concrete beams, foundations, slabs, walls and columns.
Improving comfort and quality of life
As society becomes more urbanized and industrialized, noise levels are an increasing challenge. At BATIMAT, BASF presents Basotect® as an intelligent solution for sound absorption that can be easily applied and decoratively designed. The foam is ideal for improving room acoustics and creating pleasant acoustic environments. Visitors interested in enhancing comfort levels in residential, commercial and industrial buildings are advised to try out the acoustics box at the BASF stand.
They can also experience Mastertop® from BASF. The product range includes a wide variety of flooring systems based on polyurethane and epoxy resin. Their versatile properties can be adapted to particular needs. Mastertop® products offer an excellent combination of comfort and durability over time, thus improving the quality of buildings. UCRETE® is a unique range of industrial floor coatings based on polyurethane resin. With its high performance specification it is suitable for intensive use. The entire UCRETE® range is certified "Indoor Air Comfort Gold®" by Eurofins for its health qualities and low VOC emissions.
PCI: A brand of BASF
PCI is a brand of BASF Construction Chemicals. This division groups together Construction Systems and Tile Fixing Systems activities. During the fair, PCI will launch a new application for tablet computers and smartphones. Through the application visitors can discover the PCI Nanocret R2, a light repair mortar used for concrete structures and brickwork as well as PCI Nanofug® Premium, a multi-use flexible joint grout especially for fully vitrified and vitrified tiles.
BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF had sales of €72.1 billion in 2012 and more than 110,000 employees as of the end of the year. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.
About BASF’s solutions for housing and construction
The construction industry is one of BASF’s key customer industries, accounting for up to ten percent of total Group sales. As a leading provider of raw materials, systems and finish products to the construction industry, BASF provides economically and ecologically sound solutions that contribute to sustainable housing and construction by reducing resource consumption, lowering energy consumption, increasing building life expectancy and enabling faster construction processes. From foams and latent heat storage for thermal insulation, concrete admixtures and repair products, waterproofing solutions and industrial and decorative flooring systems to decorative paints, architectural and coil coatings, BASF offers the broadest portfolio of building materials used directly on construction sites or integrated into other products. Sales to the construction industry in 2012 were €5.2 billion. Further information on BASF’s solutions for housing and construction is available on the Internet at www.construction.basf.com.