Styrofoam: Thermal insulation for buildings
Increasing energy costs and availability problems emphasise the need for immediate energy conservation even in the oil producing countries. An effective way of saving energy is to improve the thermal insulation of buildings. This is particularly important in hot climates where the energy demand for cooling by air conditioning is very high. Styrofoam thermal insulation boards deliver the thermal performance and strength required for the lifetime of the building structure, and saves on electricity bills too.
The Dow Chemical Company has been manufacturing Styrofoam for more than 50 years at 30 manufacturing locations worldwide. The process of extruding foamed polystyrene results in a material with uniformly small, 100 per cent closed cell, a smooth surface 'skin' and an unrivalled set of properties which makes it the brand of choice in a wide range of demanding insulation applications. Styrofoam can be used as thermal insulation in roofs, walls, floors, perimeter, basements, parking decks, cold storages, refrigeration rooms, containers, trucks, poultry sheds, cattle farms and houses.
Some of the benefits of Styrofoam are low thermal conductivity, high compressive strength, water resistance, good dimensional stability, easy installation, hygienic and reuse/recycle
The Dow Chemical Company markets its Styrofoam products for various applications, such as inverted roofing system application, pitched roof applications, cavity wall and sandwich panel application, floor and deck applications, perimeter and basement applications, pipes and duct applications, and Styrofoam HD for car parks, cold storages, and refrigeration trucks and containers
Dow invented the 'Upside Down' roofing system wherein the membrane is placed below the thermal insulation. Advantages: Life of waterproofing membranes is extended as it does not take the stress of traffic, temperature variations of day and night, and thermal cycle that may lead to cracks due to its expansion and contraction, and also prevents its damage due to material storage on the
Contact: Zafer Ansari, VP - Marketing & Sales, Dow Chemical International Pvt. Ltd, Corporate Park, Unit No.1, V.N. Purav Marg, Chembur, Mumbai 400071. Tel: 022-55978553 (D) & 25245830; Fax: 022-25246391;
[25 April 2005]