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EPS contributes to energy transition in the construction sector

BASF recently invited politicians and representatives of the construction sector to meet up at BASF France in Levallois-Perret. The aim was to speak together about the energy transition based on expandable polystyrene (EPS). To address energy efficiency challenges in construction, BASF offers numerous sustainable solutions, including the graphitic insulation material Neopor®.

Buildings account for 25 % of CO2 emissions and 40 % of energy consumption. However, simple thermal insulation measures can already generate energy savings of 50 %. Exterior insulation using EPS is therefore important for the energy transition in the construction sector. The French government plans to renovate 500,000 flats annually, thus reducing energy consumption by 60 %, by 2050. To achieve this goal, coordination between government and industry is essential. That is why BASF invited the entire value chain – from EPS manufacturers to building contractors – to discuss with politicians the challenges associated with exterior insulation with EPS. President of BASF France, Thierry Herning, explained: “BASF is an important player in the construction industry worldwide and especially in France. Our broad portfolio of solutions for construction, renovation, and thermal insulation is based on a global concept aimed at simplifying work on the building site and improving the quality of life of our fellow citizens.”

In addition to a general exchange of experiences, BASF presented the progress of its research as well as its solutions in the field of energy-efficient renovation, where the insulation material Neopor® also plays a part.

The grey Neopor® is an advanced version of the classic white insulation material Styropor®. By adding graphite, which gives the material its grey colour, the insulation performance of the boards is increased by up to 20 %. The use of raw material drops by up to 40% compared with the white material. This enables the processor to produce insulation boards with a lower mass but better insulation performance. The finished insulation products made of Neopor® can be used in a range of applications, particularly for insulating exterior and interior walls and flat roofs.