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EPiC database - Polyurethane (PU) flexible foam

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posted on 20.11.2019 by Robert Crawford, André Stephan, Fabian Prideaux
This material is part of the free Environmental Performance in Construction (EPiC) Database. The EPiC Database contains embodied environmental flow coefficients for 250+ construction materials using a comprehensive hybrid life cycle inventory approach.

Polyurethane (PU) is a polymer with a low density, low thermal conductivity and high durability.

PU is produced by mixing a stream of isocyanate and a stream of polyol, including any other additives. The proportion of each stream in the mix is often used to alter the material properties. The resulting mixture is poured into a mould or onto a surface. Once cured, the PU is demoulded.

In construction, flexible PU foam consists of thin flexible foam rolls that are typically used as floor underlay.
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Embodied energyEmbodied carbonEmbodied greenhouse gas emissionsEmbodied waterInput-output analysisConstructionBuildingMaterialsEnvironmental performanceLife cycle assessmentLCADatabaseProcess analysisAustraliaHybrid analysisLife cycle inventoryLCIConcrete blockCement mortarPortland cementAutoclaved aerated concrete (AAC)Concrete 20 MPaConcrete 25 MPaConcrete 32 MPaConcrete 40 MPaConcrete 50 MPaFibre cement sheetFibre cement weatherboardGypsum plasterPlasterboard - 10 mmConcrete roof tileFlat glassDouble glazing - flat glassLaminated glassToughened glassDouble glazing - toughened glassCellulose insulationAluminium foil insulationGlasswool insulationRockwool insulationPolystyrene (EPS/XPS) insulationPolyurethane (PU) rigid foam insulationAluminium barAluminium composite panelAluminium extrudedAluminium sheetCopper sheetCopper pipeCopper wireCold rolled stainless steelStainless steel extrudedStainless steel sheetStainless steel wireCold rolled steelHot rolled galvanised structural steelHot rolled structural steelSteel barSteel hollow section extrudedSteel pipeSteel sheet corrugatedAsphaltNylon carpetWool carpetSiliconeWaterWood glue (PVA)Solar hot water systemSolvent-based paintWater-based paintWallpaperNatural rubberSynthetic rubberHigh-density polyethylene (HDPE) filmHigh-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipeLow-density polyethylene (LDPE) filmLow-density polyethylene (LDPE) pipeNylon 66Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS)Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE)Glass reinforced plastic (GRP)LinoleumPolycarbonatePolymethyl methacrylate (PMMA)Polypropylene (PP) sheetPolyurethane (PU) flexible foam

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