|Featured product:||STYROFOAM™ Brand XPS (new grey reduced-GWP formulation)|
|Project type:||PMR and conventional re-roof|
|R-value* before re-roof:||R-20|
|R-value after re-roof:||R-30|
|Total project size:||165,800 square feet|
Performance Above. Innovation Below.
In the fall of 2019, when the time came to re-roof the 200 Larkin building located on its DuPont North/Larkin campus in Midland, Mich., DuPont seized the opportunity to put its reduced global warming potential (GWP) grey Styrofoam™ Brand Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) Rigid Foam Insulation to the test. Some of the scientists and sustainability experts who had a hand in the product innovation work in these very buildings.
The project entailed removing ballast and two layers of blue Styrofoam™ Brand Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) Rigid Foam Insulation and then adding a new roof membrane, upgrading the insulation and adding an additional insulation layer. The roof had been in service for the last 30 years.
The 200 Larkin Building’s 133,200-square-foot roof had formerly been an inverted or protected membrane roof (PMR) design. In this roof type, the membrane is beneath the insulation. A filter fabric and loose-laid gravel ballast then form the top two layers. Taking advantage of the opportunity to use its own building as a field laboratory, the DuPont Performance Building Solutions (PBS) team directed the roofing contractor to convert one-half of the 200 Larkin roof to a conventional design during the re-roof project, replacing four inches (or two layers) of insulation with a full six inches (or three layers) of new grey reduced-GWP Styrofoam™. The conventional roof design involves the membrane installed on top of the insulation with gravel ballast on top. Having both types of roof designs allows for direct comparison of the two insulation types in the years to come.
Styrofoam™ Brand Deckmate™
Made to reduce the harm of freeze-thaw cycles and helps maintain a steady temperature in roof membranes.
Styrofoam™ is transitioning from blue to grey
We have reformulated Styrofoam Brand XPS to reduce global warming potential (GWP).
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Commitment to Sustainability
In order to help combat climate change, both regulatory and voluntary building standards are targeting zero carbon emissions and improved life cycle analysis for materials used in North America.
A Project of Historical Significance
Beyond serving as the site of the inaugural application of DuPont’s reduced-GWP Styrofoam™ XPS, the Larkin buildings are also where much of the last 80 years of Styrofoam innovation has taken place. The tree-shaded campus stands not far from the physics laboratory and manufacturing facility in Midland, Mich., where the original extruded polystyrene foam was developed in 1941 and where it was produced for many years.
Designing to a higher standard
DuPont PBS has committed to an aggressive 75 percent reduction in GHG emissions by 2030, compared to 2019 figures. The commitment relies on both reducing embodied carbon through product innovations, but also continuing to mitigate the long-term impacts of operational carbon. Insulation product reformulations (such as Styrofoam™ Brand XPS and HFC-free Froth-Pak™) are part of the company’s “Acting on Climate” goal to achieve a 30 percent GHG reduction in its operations over 10 years and carbon neutrality by 2050. These actions also implement DuPont’s Integrated Energy Strategy to address all sources of GHG emissions, including efforts to create low-carbon industrial processes, source low-carbon materials, and renewable energy, and reduce overall energy use.
The construction industry plays a sizeable role in our efforts to manage climate change. Currently, operational carbon is estimated at 28 percent of global carbon emissions, while embodied carbon is estimated at another 11 percent. To get climate change right in the built environment, we need to manage both embodied carbon and operational carbon.
Here’s a nice little piece written by my colleague Michal (Elle) Porter, reviewing some key concepts to consider on embodied carbon, and highlighting some of the things we're doing at DuPont PBS to reduce embodied carbon in our products. You can learn more about our DuPont PBS + Corian® Design commitment to sustainability and climate change at: https://lnkd.in/gxUT7Xi
On the heels of Earth Day, I'm pleased to share another update on DuPont's progress towards our 2030 Sustainability Goals with the announcement that we're reformulating our Froth-Pak™ Spray Foam to reduce global warming potentials (GWP) by more than 99 percent. The new line of products not only helps build a more sustainable future, but also enhances the level of performance for customers with less curing time. Incredible #innovation from the team!
Any questions?The Styrofoam™ Brand was the original, creating the product segment. Rooted in innovation, we’re excited to deliver a more-sustainable solution. Let’s start a conversation and discuss your next project.
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