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China Building Industry Blamed for Emissions Rise

A new report from the Environmental Investigations Agency is targeting China’s construction industry for a rise in emissions that officials say is hampering the healing of the ozone layer.


CA Regulators Eye Polyurethane Foam

California's Department of Toxic Substances has moved to classify spray polyurethane foam as a "priority product," a proposal that has drawn criticism from some who manufacture and work with...


Spray Polyurethane Foam Under Fire in CA

A number of industry groups have expressed their concerns about an effort by the California Department of Toxic Substances to name spray polyurethane foam as a “priority product.”


Huntsman Acquires UK Polyurethane Firm

Chemical firm Huntsman Corporation has completed the acquisition of IFS Chemicals Limited, a U.K.-based formulator of polyurethane products, including marine coatings and pipeline protection...


New D+D In Depth Issue Released

The latest issue of D+D In Depth, featuring five articles on technological advances and standards in architectural coatings, is now available online.


Covestro to Sell SPF Unit

Covestro LLC has agreed to sell its North American spray polyurethane foam business to Accella Polyurethane Systems.


DAP Acquires Touch ‘N Foam

RPM International Inc.’s DAP business has added polyurethane foam brand Touch 'N Foam to its expanding portfolio of offerings.


SPF Insulation Uses Hybrid-Cell Approach

Hybrid cell technology allows a new spray polyurethane foam insulation from Rhino Linings (San Diego) to bridge the gap between the company's open- and closed-cell products, according to the...


Spray Foam Uses Hybrid-Cell Technology

A new spray polyurethane foam insulation product from Rhino Linings uses hybrid-cell technology to create a strong and semi-rigid layer, without some of the problems presented by closed-cell...


Lapolla Bows Energy-Saving SPF

Spray foam and roof coatings manufacturer Lapolla Industries Inc.has introduced a new open-cell spray polyurethane foam insulation designed for use without an ignition barrier.


SPF to Seal, Repair Commercial Roofs

ICP Adhesives & Sealants Inc. (Norton, OH) has announced it will unveil a new low-pressure, two-component spray polyurethane foam for commercial roofs at the Polyurethane Technical Conferenc...


Roof Coatings Made to Cool, Protect

Rhino Linings Corp. (San Diego) has introduced a cool roof system made to improve building energy efficiency and extend the service life of new and existing roofs.


Dow Updates Facer for Rainscreen Systems

Dow Building Solutions has introduced a dark exterior facer to optimize its THERMAX XARMOR (ci) Exterior Insulation for rainscreen applications in North America.


Accella Expands Spray Foam Business

In its quest to be the leading polyurethane systems powerhouse in North America, Accella Performance Materials has added Quadrant Urethane Technologies’ spray foam division, Quadrant Spray F...


Dow to Settle $1B Urethanes Case

The Dow Chemical Company plans to settle a $1.06 billion urethanes price-fixing lawsuit which dates back to 2005, according to company officials.


Dow to Settle $1B Class Action Suit

American multinational corporation The Dow Chemical Company has announced it is settling the 11-year-old, $1.06 billion urethanes price-fixing lawsuit it has contested since a federal jury a...


Green Seals Seeks Input on Insulation

Third-party product certifier Green Seal is seeking stakeholder input on its proposed Environmental Leadership Standard for Architectural Insulation Materials (GS-54).


Flame Retardant Causes Warehouse Fire

A flame retardant stored in a California foam insulation, coatings and roofing company’s warehouse led to a hazardous materials scare for firefighters after it caught fire and then exploded.


Insulation Company Closes Ninth Deal

Installed Building Products Inc., a national insulation and building products installation company, has acquired a North Carolina-based residential spray polyurethane foam insulation install...


Catalyst Helps Rigid Polyurethane Foams

Air Products has introduced a non-emissive catalyst that the company says is designed to help polyurethane foam producers maximize foam performance in “next generation” hydrofluoroolefin (HF...


City, Roofer Spar Over Water Leaks

When it comes to the condition of roofs installed on two community centers in Charleston, WV, an Ohio-based contractor has said the city’s allegations in its lawsuits are literally for the b...


Smooth Finish SPF Insulation Debuts

Rhino Linings Corp. has introduced a closed cell, spray-polyurethane foam insulation that is suitable for use in tank and pipeline applications.


SPF Insulation to Offer Smooth Finish

A San Diego-based manufacturer of protective coatings and linings has introduced a closed-cell, spray-polyurethane foam insulation for residential and commercial applications.


Obama, Partners Plan to Emission Cuts

What do Dow Chemical, Fomo Products, Lapolla Industries and NCFI Polyurethanes have in common?


Huntsman Debuts Polyol for SPF

Huntsman Corp.’s Polyurethanes Division has introduced a new aromatic polyester polyol formulated for rigid foam systems, particularly spray polyurethane foam.


Design Students Use SPF for Prototypes

While spray polyurethane foam is typically used for air sealing and insulating buildings, architecture students at the Washington University in St. Louis are using the material in a non-trad...


Acquisitions Swallow Spray Foam Firms

Accella Performance Materials, a St. Louis manufacturer of polyurethanes and recycled rubber products, has announced acquisitions of three spray foam and coatings companies.


Rhino Builds Out Insulation Business

SAN DIEGO—Protective-coatings maker Rhino Linings Corp. is reaching deeper into the building products market with the acquisition of a Missouri spray-foam insulation maker.


Rhino Linings Buys Spray Foam Maker

SAN DIEGO—Rhino Linings Corp. has acquired a Missouri-based spray foam insulation manufacturer, broadening its reach into the building products market.


Polyurethane Sprouts from Plant Oils

PULLMAN, WA—Plants, not petroleum, underpin a new generation of polyurethanes being developed at Washington State University.


Scientists Plant Greener Polyurethane

PULLMAN, WA—Loved for their toughness and corrosion resistance, but not so much for their petroleum base, polyurethanes are getting new green roots at Washington State University.


Spray Foam Carries Greenguard Approval

Gaco Western has introduced GacoProFill System, an open-cell polyurethane spray-foam insulation designed for new construction and retrofits.


Hospital Giant to Shed Flame Retardants

Citing health concerns, one of the nation’s largest health-management organizations will phase out furniture containing toxic flame-retardants at its hundreds of facilities.


Intumescent Offers 15-Minute Barrier

A new thin-film coating for foam insulation provides a 15-minute thermal barrier for occupied spaces, the manufacturer reports.


High R-Value Spray-Foam Debuts

Icynene has launched Classic Plus, a 100 percent water-blown, low-density open-cell spray polyurethane foam insulation for residential and commercial building projects.


Intumescent SPF Coating Launched

Flame Control Coatings has developed a water-based, thin-film intumescent coating for spray polyurethane foam insulation.


Plan for Chemical Hit List Sparks Heat

Industry manufacturers are objecting to a California plan that would target toxic chemicals used in paint stripper and spray polyurethane foam.


CA Targeting Spray PU Foam Chemical

The spray polyurethane foam (SPF) industry has mobilized quickly against a plan by California regulators to target a toxic chemical often used to make SPF products.


CA Targeting Stripper, Foam Chemicals

“Is it necessary to use this toxic chemical?” That’s the question that makers of paint strippers and spray polyurethane foam may soon have to answer in California.


New Foam Insulation Devised from Wood

German researchers say they have developed a greener alternative to using petrochemical plastics for building insulation.


Icynene Offers New Spray Foam Insulation

Spray-foam manufacturer Icynene has introduced ProSeal, a closed-cell, medium-density, spray-foam insulation for commercial and residential applications.


Insulation Seals Without Added Barrier

FireStop2, new from Gaco Western, is reportedly the first single-application, open-cell, spray-foam insulation that requires no additional ignition barrier, according to the manufacturer.


New Spray Foam Seals in One Step

Gaco Western has introduced GacoFireStop2, billed as the first one-step, open-cell polyurethane foam insulation of its kind that requires no additional ignition barrier.


Foam Market to Spring Forward

“Particularly robust growth” in U.S. construction will bring “significant opportunities” for foam insulation and other products made from plastic foams in the years ahead, a new market forec...


New Unit Uncovers Building Air Leaks

Hidden air leakage in building envelopes and rigid air-barrier systems in the field is the target of DeFelsko's new PosiTest AIR Leak Tester.


Device Exposes Building Envelope Leaks

DeFelsko has introduced a portable device that detects air leakage in building envelopes and rigid air-barrier systems in the field.


Icynene Bows 100% Water-blown SPF

Icynene has introduced ProSeal Eco, a 100 percent water-blown, medium-density closed-cell spray polyurethane foam insulation, for use in commercial and residential projects.


SPF to Seal in Extreme Climes

Rhino Linings Corp. has expanded its insulation portfolio with a new closed-cell spray polyurethane foam (SPF) product for buildings in extreme hot and cold climates..


Graco Settles 2nd Anti-Trust Case

For the second time in less than a year, spray-equipment giant Graco Inc. has agreed to settle federal anti-trust claims related to a takeover of its competitor.


Graco Settles FTC Anti-Trust Suit

Graco Inc., North America's largest spray foam and coatings equipment maker, has agreed to settle a long-running federal antitrust case over the acquisition of two former competitors.


CA Admin Building Seeks Bids for Roof

San Joaquin County, CA, is seeking bids to replace a roof on the Canlis Administration Building in Stockton with a spray-applied polyurethane foam system.


Bids Invited to Coat NY School Roofs

An Upstate New York school board is seeking bids to recoat two building roofs after infrared moisture analysis revealed that the current roof coatings were failing.


Jury Charges Dow with $400M in Damages

A federal jury hit Dow Chemical Company with $400 million in damages to buyers affected by a urethane price-fixing conspiracy, an amount that could potentially be tripled under federal antit...


Dow Hit with $400M Jury Verdict

Dow Chemical Company conspired with other companies in a urethane price-fixing conspiracy and owes $400 million in damages to affected buyers, a federal jury in Kansas City, KS, has decided.


 
 
   

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