New Green Alternative Provides Important Advantages to Fiberglass Insulation Manufacturers

PHILADELPHIA--()--Manufacturers of building insulation now have a green alternative to formaldehyde in the production of fiberglass batting. Aquaset acrylic thermosetting binders * from Rohm and Haas enable manufacturers to produce high-quality, cost-effective insulation that is indistinguishable in performance from insulation made using formaldehyde resins.

Water-based Aquaset acrylic technology represents a sustainable chemistry that is non-combustible, non-hazardous, recyclable and non-flammable. Insulation manufacturers using Aquaset binders can dramatically reduce or even eliminate exposure to emissions and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). This is because Aquaset binders produce only water during the curing process, in contrast to traditional binders that emit compounds such as formaldehyde, methanol, phenol, and ammonia during cure, and continue to emit formaldehyde during shipping, storage, installation and throughout the products lifecycle in the home.

Additional environmental and production benefits

Environmentally advanced Aquaset technology also offers additional advantages to manufacturers of fiberglass insulation. Specifically, water-based Aquaset acrylic technology:

  • Eliminates the energy, cost and equipment associated with handling emissions from traditional binders including the need for thermal oxidizers that generate the greenhouse gases
  • Eliminates the need for auxiliary chemicals such as urea, used to control formaldehyde during the manufacturing process
  • Enables production lines to run at the same or higher speed
  • Reduces the amount of particulates in the work environment
  • Reduces energy consumption and increases convenience, since Aquaset resins dont require refrigeration, remain stable at room temperature, and are diluted with just water
  • Results in insulation batting with compressibility, moldability and recovery that is comparable to, or better than, insulation produced with formaldehyde resins

Successful first-hand experience

A major North American insulation manufacturer has experienced first-hand the benefits of Aquaset acrylic thermosetting technology. After adopting the Aquaset technology, they became the only manufacturer in the United States exempted from the EPAs National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Wool Fiberglass Manufacturing. The firm reduced plant formaldehyde emissions by more than 200,000 pounds, ammonia by more than one million pounds, and eliminated phenol and methanol emissions completely. Canadian environmental agencies have also taken note: insulation made using Aquaset resin became the only bonded fiberglass insulation eligible for Environment Canadas prestigious Environmental Choice EcoLogo Program.

For more information about Aquaset acrylic thermosetting binders, contact Rohm and Haas by phone at 215-592-3000 or through the companys website www.rohmhaas.com.

About Rohm and Haas Company

Leading the way since 1909, Rohm and Haas is a global pioneer in the creation and development of innovative technologies and solutions for the specialty materials industry. The companys technologies are found in a wide range of industries including: Building and Construction, Electronics and Electronic Devices, Household Goods and Personal Care, Packaging and Paper, Transportation, Pharmaceutical and Medical, Water, Food and Food Related, and Industrial Process. Innovative Rohm and Haas technologies and solutions help to improve life everyday, around the world. Based in Philadelphia, PA, the company generated annual sales of approximately $8.2 billion in 2006. Visit www.rohmhaas.com for more information. imagine the possibilities

*Aquaset technology is not made with formaldehyde-based materials nor does it release formaldehyde under normal cure conditions.

Contacts

Rohm and Haas
Andrew P. Crane
+1 215-641-7633
acrane@rohmhaas.com
or
Laura Hadden
Director of Communications, Specialty Materials
+1 215-592-3054
LHadden@rohmhaas.com

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Contacts

Rohm and Haas
Andrew P. Crane
+1 215-641-7633
acrane@rohmhaas.com
or
Laura Hadden
Director of Communications, Specialty Materials
+1 215-592-3054
LHadden@rohmhaas.com