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Energy-efficient construction and renovation


BASF with a broad portfolio of raw materials and products at the BAU 2007

* Insulating materials and fire-protection panels

* Pigments and binders

* Construction auxiliaries and door coatings

* Solutions for tile laying

Energy-efficient construction and renovation – this is the focus of BASF’s presentation showcasing a broad line of raw materials and products at the BAU 2007, the trade fair for building and living, which will be held from January 15 to 20, 2007 in Munich, Germany. BASF’s Stand 303 in Hall A4 will be the place to find innovations, market competence and applications know-how relating to almost all construction aspects found in houses, from the basement to the roof. With this approach, BASF is addressing architects, engineers and contractors as well as processors of building materials, retailers and final customers. BASF’s new division of construction chemicals is represented by its subsidiary PCI Augsburg with a stand of its own, while BASF’s subsidiary Elastogran will share BASF’s stand.

Insulating materials that reduce costs and save energy
For the first time, foam products made of the silver-gray thermal insulating material Neopor® (EPS) are now offering the highest insulating potential ever reached. The panels exhibited at the trade fair meet the strict thermal insulation requirements of the new quality grade 032 (calculated value of thermal conductivity 0.032 W/(m*K)) as laid down by the ETICS technical association. Moreover, the Neopor® experts will be introducing a new computation and consulting program for Neopor® and other BASF insulating materials. This program can calculate their performance and display the results in the form of graphs. In this manner, experts as well as private house owners can easily see both the costs and the potential for energy savings stemming from energy-efficient modernization and various thermal insulation measures.

Experts will be on hand at the trade fair stand to demonstrate how well the green Styrodur® C, BASF’s pressure-resistant, extruded polystyrene rigid foam (XPS), lends itself for the energy-efficient renovation and modernization of old buildings. The thermal insulating panels can be employed, for instance, to cost-effectively upgrade flat roofs and attics so as to meet today’s thermal protection standards. When it comes to quickly and professionally renovating bathrooms, Styrodur® C panels, which are coated on both sides with a special glass fabric-reinforced mortar, create a stable, water-proof and heat-insulating tile substrate. Various versions of XPS panels provide tailor-made insulation for baseboards and basement ceilings as well as frost protection for foundations.

Fire protection and finishing of doors
BASF now also offers its Palusol® fire-protection panels as a sandwich system (SW) in conjunction with high-density fiber panels (HDF). The new Palusol® SW is available in different compositions, ranging from a simple combination of a Palusol® panel with an HDF all the way to multi-layered sandwich structures. This facilitates the manufacture of fire doors, one of the main applications for this material. Customers can bypass the need for the demanding production step of gluing the individual fire-protection Palusol® panels to other door components. Moreover, the fire resistance of some of the sandwiches has been successfully tested in the form of parts or components of parts.

BASF is expanding the services it offers for PermaSkin®, its innovative coating technology. A technical pilot plant that can supply samples and produce prototype series has recently been opened at the company’s site in Ludwigshafen, Germany. This is where customers can see how thermoplastic high-performance films made of the weather-resistant and UV-stable Luran® S can be applied onto their own products, e.g. components made of wood, metal or plastic. This yields precisely detailed, high-quality and long-lasting surfaces that can be used for doors, window frames, façades and other construction elements. A film shown at the fair stand demonstrates how this technology works.

Pigments and binders – colorful, cool and properly dispensed
The innovative Xfast® stir-in pigments lend themselves particularly well for coloring paints, stucco or plaster, filler compounds, wood varnishes and wood stains. They stand out particularly for their flexible, safe and clean handling. With its Xfast® POS dispenser, BASF is also introducing retailers to the first metering unit that is suitable for stir-in pigments. The dispenser was developed in cooperation with the market leader in dispensing technology, Fast & Fluid Management of Sassenheim, the Netherlands.

With the new NIR-transparent black pigments Lumogen® black FK 4280 and Lumogen® black FK 4281, the absorption of heat due to incident sunlight is cut in half, even in the case of deep-black construction elements used in the building industry. The pronounced transparency of Lumogen® black pigments in the realm of solar infrared radiation between 750 nm and 2500 nm cuts in half the absorption of heat due to incident sunlight, so that the construction parts stay cooler.

COL.9® is the name of the new generation of binders made by BASF for outdoor paints that exhibit extraordinary resistance against soiling. In the case of these binders, inorganic nanoparticles are homogenously integrated into organic polymer particles of aqueous dispersions. The resulting nanocomposite dispersions combine the qualities of inorganic binders, such as hardness and breathability, with those of organic binders, such as elasticity and a hydrophobic effect.

Gypsum construction panels for climate control
With its product Micronal® PCM SmartBoard™, BASF can offer architects, builders and contractors a building material in the form of ready-made gypsum construction panels for lightweight construction which, thanks to their use of latent-heat accumulators, can actively ensure a comfortable climate in room interiors. The secret behind this is the high heat-storing capacity of the Micronal® PCM SmartBoard™ since every square meter of these gypsum panels contains three kilograms of microencapsulated latent-heat storing material. The heat-storing capacity of a Micronal® PCM SmartBoard™ with a thickness of a mere 15 mm is 330 kilojoules per square meter, equivalent to that of a 9 cm-thick concrete wall.

Design freedom in sound protection
A new variant of the melamine resin foam Basotect® will also be displayed at the BAU trade fair. Its name is Basotect® UF and it is considerably more flexible than conventional Basotect®. As a result, this thermoset foam is now suitable for cushioning mattresses and upholstering sofas. The higher elasticity of this material goes hand in hand with greater processing and design freedom than was possible until now for certain applications, for example, the acoustic insulation of interiors.

PCI – debut for flooring technology
BASF’s newest subsidiary, PCI Augsburg, will host two stands in Hall A1 at the trade fair: in addition to materials for tile laying and products for builders, PCI will for the first time be using exhibition space to showcase its flooring technology, where “the fastest subflooring in the world” can be seen. Technical visitors attending the fair will become acquainted with product innovations and advances, among others in the segments of lightweight mortar for tile laying, repair mortar and bituminous sealing products.

Elastogran – living comfort thanks to polyurethane (PUR)
Elastogran will be presenting PUR products that translate into energy-efficient and uncomplicated building, namely, sandwich elements, insulating panels and spray-foam for industrial construction and private housing. The exhibits will include sandwich elements made of Elastopir™ – the new polyurethane rigid-foam system on the basis of polyisocyanurate (PIR) that has excellent fire-protection properties – as well as Elastopor® H, the versatile PUR rigid-foam system. With Quickline, Elastogran will also be presenting convincing solutions for tile laying: by using a building-block system, even laypersons can easily lay tiles, thanks to a special mesh that is glued to the floor tiles by PUR.

DETAIL Prize and special prize “Energy-efficient Construction”
Upon the occasion of the BAU trade fair, BASF will join the publishing house Detail-Verlag of Munich, Germany, for the first time in order to award the international DETAIL Prize for outstanding achievement in architecture. BASF will be giving the special prize “Energy-efficient Construction” in recognition of a project that combines the aspects of architectural esthetics and energy-efficient construction in an exemplary manner.

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