INSULATION IS KEY TO TACKLE CLIMATE CHALLENGES & PREVENT ENERGY LOSSES

At Armacell, we Lead the Way for Technical Insulation in a World of Energy Needs

It is crucial to ensure that the infrastructure investments made in cities in the years to come are both low-carbon and climate-resilient. Armacell can bring you solutions to make the transport of energy more efficient, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate challenges. 

We develop flexible insulation foams and light foams for markets where energy distribution is required. Optimal technical insulation is the simplest, fastest and most cost-effective measure for increasing energy efficiency in commercial and residential buildings, in industrial applications and in the oil and gas industry.

 

Making Transportation of Energy More Efficient.
Insulation is Key to Prevent Energy Losses

The world’s energy systems have undergone an unprecedented expansion in the last 25 years, with energy demand growing by 50% to fuel an economy that has doubled in size.Raising Energy Efficiency Standards to the Global Best. Page 3 However, energy efficiency has a huge potential that is increasingly being recognized. A reduction in fuel and energy bills, as well as, reduced air pollution and reduced greenhouse gas emissions no longer represent utopian scenarios.

For both economic and environmental reasons, it is vital to maximize the efficiency with which energy and materials are used in the construction industry. The opportunities of the building sector range from improved building design practices to more efficient heating and cooling and, most importantly, proper insulation solutions.

 

Whenever energy is generated, transported or stored, part of the valuable resource gets lost if the equipment is poorly insulated.Patrick Mathieu, President and CEO of Armacell

The Construction Industry Faces Great Opportunities for Tackling the Climate Challenges of the 21st Century

The construction industry has huge potential for improving energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas impacts through innovative products and solutions that reduce building energy use. One of the most significant opportunities in this area consists in high-tech insulation products. Insulation is an effective way to improve energy efficiency in industrial, commercial and residential infrastructures.

Armacell’s high-tech insulation materials are designed for both new and existing installations. Be it flexible insulation foams for the insulation of mechanical equipment or light foams for the use in end-markets, Armacell can bring you solutions to tackle the climate challenges of the 21st century.

 

Seizing the Momentum For a Low Carbon Economy. Insulation is Key to Tackle Climate Challenges

Urbanization is progressing rapidly. Cities are growing at an unprecedented rate. By 2030, around 60% of the world population will live in cities.Accelerating Low-Carbon Development in the World’s Cities. Page 3 By 2050, the urban population is expected to reach two thirds of the entire global population.Accelerating Low-Carbon Development in the World’s Cities. Page 1 This imminent, fast-paced urbanization and the strong economic growth in developing nations will have a huge impact on the global construction industry.

While cities are epic engines of economic growth and social change, they are also key drivers of global energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions. Buildings consume 32% of global energy and produce 19% of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. The construction industry produces 30–40% of global waste.Innovation. Making Buildings and Materials More Sustainable. Page 7 Furthermore, cities are associated with 67-76% of global energy use and 71-76% of greenhouse gas emissions.Accelerating Low-Carbon Development in the World’s Cities. Page 3

 

Urbanization and the building sector fundamentally impact our lives. The key technology for raising energy efficiency is insulation.Dr. Karl Paetz-Lauter, Former Vice President Research and Innovation and Consultant for Armacell

Armacell Protects Residential Buildings against Energy Losses

Armacell offers the original closed-cell foam insulation systems for residential buildings to protect the heating and plumbing systems against energy losses. Armacell prevents the installations from becoming a source of annoying noise, through insulation materials of specific acoustic requirements. Our fibre-dust free materials also help preserve indoor air quality.

Residential buildings provide warm and cool indoor air and hot and cold tap water. To supply each individual part of the building, pipes and ducts run in floors and shafts, in walls and ceilings. On the way to their destination these pipes can lose energy and carry annoying operating noises into the building.

Armacell Meets the Strict International Standards Set by the Automotive Industry

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Armacell component foam products are specifically engineered for automakers and used for a wide range of automotive parts from foam trim to automotive insulation. Many of our products meet standards for heat resistance, oil and fuel resistance, flame resistance, chemical resistance or fungus resistance. Common uses for Armacell foams in the motor vehicles are gaskets, seals (water & dust), liners, panels, trim, insulation, mats or acoustical/anti-rattle applications.

Automobiles have to comply with a certain number of norms and regulations, both local and international, in order to be accepted on the market. Such standards include ASTM, UL and, those upheld by such automakers as Ford, Chrysler, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Volkswagen or Volvo.

Armacell’s Turf-underlayment Shock-absorption Pad is the Ideal Choice for Exceptional Sports Field Performance Indoors and Outdoors

Armacell’s pad installations provide protection across 100% of the field, all the time – without loss or migration of the cushioning material to the edges, unlike synthetic turf fields that depend on infill material. It features closed-cell elastomeric foam technology, a state-of-the-art drainage system, antimicrobial protection, and long, wide rolls for easy installation.

ArmaSport® is the superior turf underlayment for greater field performance and consistent playing conditions. ArmaSport Turf Underlayment cushions the playing surface, providing consistent shock attenuation across the entire field surface.

ArmaSport Turf Underlayment

The modern sports industry has become a global player when it comes to setting up safety standards around the globe. The sport fields performance is judged by the following criteria: safety, playability, aesthetics and durabilitySports-Fields Performance and Characteristics. Page 152

Armacell’s High-performance Technical Insulation Meets all Individual Requirements for Insulating Refrigeration & HVAC Systems

Our tailor-made insulation solutions provide your systems with dependable long-term protection from energy losses and condensation, while providing effective sound control at the same time. The optimal combination of a very low thermal conductivity and extremely high resistance to water vapor transmission prevents long-term energy losses and water vapor ingress and reduces the risk of corrosion under insulation.

Armaflex Sheets for Rectangular Duct Wrap

Insulating HVAC equipment is crucial in order to reduce the amount of energy needed. Refrigeration systems cover a broad spectrum of applications and temperature ranges. Reliability should be the primary concern when considering the design and installation for any application.

Armacell Offers Fiber-dust-free Elastomeric Foam Solutions That Safeguard the Thermal Efficiency of Mechanical Systems in Healthcare Spaces

Our closed-cell insulation material with a high resistance to water vapor transmission provides long-term protection against condensation on cold pipes and increases energy efficiency. The insulation materials also fulfill noise control requirements and comply with the relevant safety criteria concerning fire behavior and smoke release.

Armaflex Ultima (english)

Hospitals are comprised of a wide range of services and functional units. This diversity is reflected in the wide range of regulations and codes that govern hospital construction. Each of the functions of a hospital, including highly complicated mechanical, electrical, and telecommunications systems, requires specialized knowledge and expertise.

Armacell's Solutions for Enhanced Sound Control Provide a Healthy Work Environment

ArmaSound RD is a versatile acoustic absorber designed for use in a variety of different acoustic applications. A high performance sound absorber which also offers additional barrier (transmission loss) performance and both vibration damping and de-coupling (isolation) properties. With a density much greater than traditional acoustic absorption materials, ArmaSound RD is also suitable for some applications that may also call for an acoustic airborne noise barrier. ArmaSound RD provides a dust and fibre free solution that is suitable for use in a range of demanding environments.

Comfortable room acoustics is a decisive factor in successful office building planning. Employees and buyers of high-class office buildings expect ideal sound control. But nuisances from ambient noises such as flowing water, air conditioning or roller blinds are constantly increasing at the same time. The higher the noise level becomes, the greater the detriment to one’s well-being can be.

Armacell's Insulation Materials Meet the Most Demanding Requirements of the Industry Sector

Our professional system solutions open up great potential for high energy savings in all sectors of industry. Armacell's insulation materials meet the most demanding requirements, ranging from energy efficiency to condensation prevention, sound control, corrosion prevention or protection from mechanical stress.

ArmaSound Industrial Systems

The requirements for technical insulation are very strict in the industrial sector and can vary considerably depending on application. For new systems, renovations or expansions alike, insulation solutions must be adaptable to a wide range of environments in order to effectively contribute to energy savings.

Armacell Meets the Strict Specifications in the Field of Rail Transportation

Closed-cell elastomeric insulation materials from Armacell feature low thermal conductivity and high water vapour diffusion resistance, meeting the typical requirements in the field of transportation. These applications have precise requirements for flame and smoke testing as well as toxicity standards. Armacell offers special non-halogenated products for these heightened fire safety requirements. Our highly-flexible, closed-cell insulation foam with improved fire retardant properties, low smoke generation and in-built Microban® antimicrobial offers protection for railway vehicles.

ARMAFLEX Rail Product Video

Air conditioning has also become a matter of course in the field of transportation: both rail and road vehicles are equipped with these systems today. But construction materials for use in this field have to meet highly specific requirements for quality and people safety.

Armacell Offers Optimal Insulation Solutions for the Solar Energy Applications

Armacell insulation materials for thermal solar systems are resistant to high temperatures and UV rays (up to 150 °C) and are protected against mechanical impact. Our pre-insulated feed and return pipes can be separated and re-joined easily during the installation process, thanks to the patented join-split system. Armacell’s optimized elastomeric insulation materials for use in solar systems set themselves apart with their high energy insulation values and are also equipped with top protection from harmful environmental effects.

The race for renewable energy has passed a turning point in recent years, clean energy investment has grown rapidly. Solar plants have become an established part of sustainable alternative energy production. The price of solar power continues to fall. Solar, the newest major source of energy, makes up less than 1% of the electricity market today but could be the world’s biggest single source by 2050, according to the International Energy Agency. Fossil Fuels Just Lost the Race Against Renewables

Armacell Meets the Demanding Standards of the Wind Blade Industry

The rotor blades are the central component of the wind turbine and determine how much energy can be generated. Modern rotor blades are made of sandwich composite structures, in which the core material is combined with glass fibres and resins. Our rigid, engineered ArmaForm® structural foam is a lightweight core that is ideal for the blades of wind turbines. This foam is lightweight, stable yet flexible, offers a great compressive strength and is temperature resistant.

A number of fundamental innovation trends have been developed in recent years to drive strong growth towards a low-carbon, resource-efficient and resilient economy. Materials science, digitization and related business model innovations are reshaping entire industries. The cost of wind power is one-third or one-quarter what it was 25 years ago.Energy. Main Points. Page 3 Wind turbines can generate 100 times the power of 30 years ago.Innovation. Directing Innovation to Support a Low-carbon Economy. Page 10 New materials are making wind turbines bigger, stronger and quieter Innovation. Making Buildings and Materials More Sustainable. Page 8

Armacell Offers Flexible Technical Insulation with Certification for use in Marine Environments, Shipbuilding and Cruise Liners

NH/Armaflex is the halogen free, flexible elastomeric, insulation material with certification for use in marine and offshore environments. It meets the demand for insulation material with minimal smoke and toxic emissions in the event of a fire. As a closed cell material, NH/Armaflex provides exceptional water vapour resistance and features all the properties which you can expect from a flexible insulation material, such as low thermal conductivity.

Insulation for technical operating system components in cruise liners is subject to extremely strict requirements. High air humidity can easily clog up the systems and materials used. The IMO has declared that shipping “will make its fair and proportionate contribution” towards achieving global climate change mitigation goals.IMO Has Made Little Progress It has adopted two key approaches: the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) and the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP). Both are expected to save an average of US$200 billion in fuel costs and 330 Mt CO2  annually by 2030 at marginal cost in the near term.IMO Has Made Little Progress

Armacell's Insulation Materials Contribute to the Energy Efficiency in the Oil & Gas Sector

The Armacell Engineered Systems division provides high performance acoustic and thermal insulation foams for oil and gas facilities. The multi-layer systems of Armaflex (LT/Armaflex Industrial, HT/Armaflex Industrial, HT/Armaflex Industrial IMO and Armaflex LTD), ArmaSound RD 240 and Arma-Chek R covering (or metal cladding option also available) reduce the risk of corrosion under insulation (CUI) and provides exceptional noise reduction while minimising total system weight and thickness.

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Industrial process applications work at high pressures, with gases and liquids moving at high temperatures and flow rates causing vibrations and often dangerous noise levels for operations personnel. Acoustic insulation and standards such as ISO 15665 have therefore been developed for process pipe work with two main objectives:

  • to protect the safety of personnel working close by and
  • to reduce noise pollution in the surrounding environment

Armacell’s Creates Specialized Component Foams for Aerospace Manufacturing

Our elastomeric foam components come in sheets, rolls or buns (blocks) for manufacturers serving the aerospace industry. Most foam materials can be cut or shaped to fulfill a variety of needs, including forming or bonding with other materials to create high-performance composites for specific applications. Armacell continuously works to improve testing standards so that we can always meet the changing needs of the aerospace industry.

Aviation is a major economic sector, central to global trade. Within the sector, the focus needs to be on improving fuel efficiency and shifting to cleaner fuels. International policies led by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) play a decisive role. Fuel efficiency can be improved through improved infrastructure, operational measures such as reducing the weight of on-board equipment, and improved aircraft design and materials.Raising Ambition to Reduce International Aviation and Maritime Emissions. Page 4

Armaflex Insulation Material in the International Space Station (ISS)

Since the docking of the American research module "Destiny" in January 2001, Armaflex is also on board of the flying laboratory, which is about the size of a bus - the most advanced and diverse space research facility that has ever been built. (Image: NASA)

The Destiny module of the International Space Station (ISS) is equipped with water storage and tanks, connecting hoses, valves and water lines for this purpose. There is an acute lack of space and a lot of cooling water pipes have very tight turning radii. Therefore, many lines are made of flexible, braided stainless steel hoses. Most conventional insulating materials are far too rigid to withstand these extreme bends. (Image: NASA)

 

 

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