STYROFOAM™ Insulation in North America now Produced with BLUEDGE™ Technology
With the production of the polymeric flame retardant in every STYROFOAM™ Brand Extruded Polystyrene foam plant across the United States, Dow completes its North American conversion
Dow Building Solutions (Dow), a global business unit of DowDuPont Specialty Products division, today announced all STYROFOAM™ Brand Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) foam plants in the United States are now producing STYROFOAM™ Brand XPS Insulation with BLUEDGE™ Polymeric Flame Retardant Technology, a leading edge sustainable flame retardant alternative. As a result, Dow’s conversion of STYROFOAM™ Brand XPS foam plants to BLUEDGE™ across North America is now complete.
“Building science innovations are crucial to sustainability advancement, and we are excited to continue leading the transition to a more sustainable future as we take one more step toward a global conversion,” said Tim Lacey, general manager for Dow Building Solutions. “Our objective is straightforward -- offer more sustainable solutions that work in many environments to meet the growing demands of energy efficiency regulations and architectural design.”
Dow took a phased approach with the conversions of STYROFOAM™ Brand XPS foam plants to BLUEDGE™ Polymeric Flame Retardant, starting with Japan in 2014, Europe in 2015, Canada in 2016 and United States in 2017. This allowed for a controlled conversion process to ensure business’ regional quality requirements were met while, at the same time, product availability met regional market demands.
BLUEDGE™ Polymeric Flame Retardant Technology was invented by Dow as an answer for a sustainable flame retardant solution for polystyrene foam. It is a drop-in technology to replace hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD), a common flame retardant with a less favorable environmental profile. Today, BLUEDGE™ technology is incorporated in Emerald Innovation 3000™ marketed by Lanxess Inc., FR-122P marketed by ICL and GreenCrest™ marketed by the Albemarle Corporation. This next-generation sustainable flame retardant alternatives are available to other extruded polystyrene and expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation manufacturers transitioning away from HBCD-based flame retardants through these suppliers.
This announcement comes on the heels of Dow’s continued progress to achieve its 2025 Sustainability Goals, which help to lead the transition to a sustainable planet and society. In May of 2017, Dow was named a Safer Choice Partner of the Year winner in the Innovator category by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) including specific mention of the BLUEDGE™ Polymeric Flame Retardant Technology. This recognition particularly supports Dow’s goal, Safe Chemistry for a Sustainable Planet, where the company envisions a future in which every material it brings to market is sustainable for our people and our planet. The Safer Choice award highlights Dow’s commitment to innovation towards safer and more sustainable chemistries.
Additionally, Dow recently announced 100 percent renewable energy procurement in North America for STYROFOAM™ XPS Insulation, as well as the validation from UL environment that STYROFOAM™ Insulation products in North America contain, on average, 20 percent pre-consumer recycled content. Continuing its focus on sustainability, Dow also announced a partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) earlier this year to deliver solutions that contribute to building more sustainable communities and cities.
Dow remains committed to applying its science and engineering expertise to create sustainable solutions to environmental challenges across the globe. Adhering to its goals, Dow continues to reduce its own footprint and takes the lead in developing a blueprint for a more resilient future.
About BLUEDGE™ Polymeric Flame Retardant Technology
In March 2011, Dow Global Technologies LLC (DGTL), a subsidiary of Dow, announced the invention and development of BLUEDGE Polymeric Flame Retardant Technology — a stable, high molecular weight, non-hazardous polymer with an enhanced Environment, Health & Safety profile. The additive provides a fire safety solution for extruded (XPS) and expanded (EPS) foams enabling these thermal insulation materials to continue to meet the increasing demands of global energy efficiency regulations and sustainable building design
About Dow Building Solutions
Dow Building Solutions serves the residential and commercial building and construction markets with an industry-leading portfolio of products and integrated systems designed to insulate and seal the whole building envelope. Beginning more than 75 years ago with our flagship STYROFOAM™ Brand Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) Foam Insulation, Dow has continued to offer innovative insulation, weatherization and air sealing solutions that work behind the scenes – above grade, below grade – to help builders and contractors deliver more comfortable, durable and affordable buildings. Follow Dow Building Solutions on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn or subscribe to our News Release RSS Feed. www.dowbuildingsolutions.com
About DowDuPont Specialty Products Division
DowDuPont Specialty Products, a division of DowDuPont, Inc. (NYSE: DWDP), is a global innovation leader with technology-based materials, ingredients and solutions that help transform industries and everyday life. Our employees apply diverse science and expertise to help customers advance their best ideas and deliver essential innovations in key markets including electronics, transportation, building and construction, health and wellness, food and worker safety. DowDuPont intends to separate the Specialty Products Division into an independent, publicly traded company. More information can be found www.dow-dupont.com.