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Polyurethane Foam

Where is it Commonly Found?

Rigid Insulation, carpet backing, firestopping foams, and foams.
CFCs and HCFCs are common blowing agents for this material - see ozone depleting materials.

What are its known health effects?

What are its suspected health effects?

Cardiovascular or Blood Toxicant (LADO - L)

Neurotoxicant (HAZMAP)

Alternative Materials

Foam for upholstery applications - soy based foams or PBDE-free foams. There are non-ozone depleting alternatives for blow-in insulation, liquid sealant or putty firestopping materials, silicone adhesives, non-foam paints and sealers.

Does it Correspond With Any Green Building Credits?

Living Building Challenge (1.2)-Prerequisite 5

How is it Categorized?

Fossil Fuel Based

What is its Origin?

The term polyurethane (PUR) is used to cover materials formed from the reaction of isocyanates and polyols. Polyurethane foam's differs from other cellular plastics and that the chemical reaction causing foam occurs simultaneously with the Polymer-forming reactions.

Divisions and Sections

Div 07 Expansion Control

Div 07 Fluid-Applied Membrane Air Barriers

Div 07 Joint Sealants

Div 12 Office Furniture

Div 12 Patient Room Furniture

Div 12 Restaurant Furniture

Div 12 Guest Room Furniture

Div 12 Healthcare Seating

Div 12 Custom Upholstered Seating

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