Welcome to PU Europe: the European voice of the polyurethane (PUR / PIR) insulation industry. Here you can find information about our activities, positions and research work. You will learn about the benefits, characteristics and applications of this versatile material, and the role it has to play in achieving a sustainable future. Polyurethane Insulation: Providing Sustainable Solutions For Low Energy Buildings And Installations. PU Europe was founded in 1981 as BING to become the single European voice for the polyurethane (PUR/PIR) insulation industry. Today, PU Europe represents insulation producers, raw material suppliers and component manufacturers from eleven EU Member States with activities covering the entire continent.
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- Environmental - Environmental Management
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- Internationally (various countries)
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Innovative building products and design solutions supported by ambitious policy frameworks and well-thought financing solutions transform Europe’s building stock into energy savers. About 3 % of buildings undergo (staged) deep renovation every year reducing the energy demand of our buildings by an average of 80 % by 2050. PUR/PIR high performance insulation plays a key role in this transition process.
PU Europe’s mission is to demonstrate the benefits and support the introduction of low energy building solutions for new constructions and renovation projects across Europe, and develop sustainable and cost efficient solutions using PUR/PIR high performance insulation to support the societal shift towards the 2050 goal.
To this end, the association proactively contributes to the European political and technical decision making process in areas such as energy efficiency, sustainable construction and health & environment. Messages are underpinned by independent research to which PU Europe dedicates a substantial part of its overall budget.
One voice, one message, for all of Europe
One of the major roles of PU Europe is to build “one voice messages”, to develop European positions on numerous existing or emerging issues of concern and interest to our industry. These messages are defined and built by consensus within the industry and underpinned by a wide range of research projects relating to all aspects of polyurethane insulation.
PU Europe disseminates these messages at a European level, whilst its Members (mainly National Trade Associations) spread the same message in their own countries.
PU Europe was originally founded in 1981 as BING to become the European voice for the National trade associations representing the polyurethane insulation industry. Today PU Europe represents foam producers, raw material suppliers and component manufacturers from eleven EU Member States. The involvement of the entire value chain means that PU Europe is able to access and disseminate solid scientific data and life cycle information on polyurethane insulation products.
PU Europe operates at a European level:
- Promoting the interests of polyurethane insulation.
- Representing the industry at all levels and in all matters.
- Co-operating and liaising with governments and other authorities.
- Acting on
- safety, health and environment topics.
- Coordinating research projects of interest to the industry, and carrying out independent work with universities and laboratories.
- Communicating the benefits of polyurethane insulation to different stakeholders.
- Offering a forum for raw materials suppliers and part producers associated with polyurethane insulation.
- Bringing together a wide range of expertise from its diverse membership.
PU Europe brings the world of polyurethane insulation not only to its members but also to new audiences:
Polyurethane (PU) insulation covers both PUR and PIR products and is one of the most effective insulation materials commonly available today. It is lightweight, easy to handle and install, and its low thermal conductivity means that a much thinner layer than most other insulation materials is needed to get the same level of energy efficiency. It is also extremely versatile and can be used just about anywhere.
PU insulation has a high compressive strength, is unaffected by air infiltration and is resistant to the passage of moisture. All of these attributes make it an extremely durable material that retains its thermal properties over time.
Where can it be used?
From pipes to panels, floors to roofs, PU insulation provides excellent thermal performance and durability. It is used in every kind of building, old or new, including houses, schools, hospitals, factories, warehouses, shops, offices, public buildings and stadia.
As well as meeting the high demands of new build applications, PU insulation takes up less space and weighs less than many other commonly used insulation materials, so is particularly well suited to retrofit projects where space or weight may be an issue.
How can it be used?
Because it is so versatile, PU insulation is commonly used in a number of different ways:
- Insulation boards and blocks
- Spray insulation
- Composite panels
- Pipe insulation
From small builders to major developers, PU insulation is widely used across Europe, but there is still room for a better understanding of the many benefits PU insulation can bring.