With increasing oil prices, climate change, CO² regulations and building regulation codes on fire resistance, nonwovens are providing cost-effective and efficient solutions to building and construction challenges.
Non-perforated, nonwovens polymeric house wrap material decreases air infiltration, resulting in increased energy efficiency and maximum moisture control, while at the same time providing savings for the builder and homeowner during installation and after-sale.
House wrap developments such as translucency, which helps lower installation time and provides high strength, combined with no VOC (volatile organic compound) release in either production or application, satisfy ever stricter government sustainability programmes.
More and more demanding building standards, energy-saving schemes and to some extent changing weather patterns are driving the need for breathable and impervious underlays for pitched roofs and an improved basis for bituminous membranes, both of which can best be served with versatile nonwovens.
Greening the urban environment The twin towers of Milan’s Bosco Verticale – with their 900 trees and over 2,000 plants – are perhaps the most well-known and eye-catching ‘living buildings’, but today even the iconic Empire State Building is benefiting from areas of green roofing in a trend that has swept the world. Nonwovens are critical components in all such infrastructural projects. Read more
Adjusting the vertical for bulk benefits Although there are many applications for nonwovens in which the ability to pack multiple performance properties into an extremely thin format is appreciated, sometimes a little bulk is required. This is particularly the case when materials are being employed for insulation, for cushioning, or for filling, in applications such as mattresses and bedding, furniture, automotive upholstery and construction materials. Read more