Armacell unveils new PET-based insulation for construction sector

Armacell, a global leader in flexible foam for the equipment insulation market and a leading provider of engineered foams, has announced the official launch of ArmaPET Eco50, the company’s new solution for the structural insulation of building envelopes, roofs and floors, as well as for load-bearing applications such as under-slab insulation, both in the construction of new buildings and renovation of older ones.

ArmaPET Eco50 is the first polymeric insulation based on 100% recycled PET, combining an outstanding environmental profile with the stringent requirements of building construction. As part of the ArmaPET Eco range, this low-density product solution is optimised for energy-efficient structural applications. It improves life-cycle costs and a building’s carbon footprint in combination with a multitude of further benefits, ranging from mechanical stability and low maintenance requirements to standard-compliant fire behaviour and assured lifetime insulation performance.

With a density of just 50kg/m³, ArmaPET Eco50 achieves an outstanding insulating performance of 0.028W/mK at 40°C. The excellent water resistance and closed-cell structure of the material ensures stable thermal conductivity, even after many years of operation. As these features also prevent moisture penetration, mildew and rot, they provide long-term corrosion protection while keeping maintenance to a minimum.

Additional benefits, which greatly facilitate the installation of ArmaPET Eco50, are its broad range of thicknesses (up to 200 mm) and its flexible dimensions. In addition, it is lightweight yet robust and highly compatible with organic and mineral adhesives, which also facilitates fast and easy handling.

Thanks to Armacell’s patented rPET technology, ArmaPET Eco50 is based on 100% recycled PET and fully recyclable at the end of its life cycle. It contains no halogenated compounds or CFCs/HFCs that might negatively impact its disposal or recycling scenarios.

“Installation waste and demolition scrap management are easier than for the main competing materials, such as polystyrene, polyurethanes or polyisocyanurates. It is the first truly recycled and recyclable solution for the building market,” said Thomas Kessel, General Manager, PET Foams, Armacell.

Primarily designed for building and construction applications, ArmaPET Eco50 can be used in any application requiring structural insulation.

“The potential list of applications is practically endless, ranging from super-structures of refrigerated and recreational vehicles to industrial halls, food trolleys, and much more,” explained Henri Chapelle, Sales & Marketing Manager, PET Foams, Armacell. “Wherever efficiency and safety in the refrigeration supply chain are required, or resource-saving construction is called for, ArmaPET Eco50 provides benefits in energy consumption and the reduction of CO2 emissions during temperature-controlled operations. All key drivers for ensuring reduced overall life-cycle costs.”

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