Construction and housing use vast amounts of energy and raw materials. Together, they account for about 40% of global energy consumption, 30% of global CO2 emissions and 10% of global particulate matter emissions. This can be significantly reduced by applying intelligent concepts for construction and housing.
As a leading provider of raw materials, systems and finished products to the construction industry, BASF - a partner for sustainable construction - develops economically and ecologically sound solutions that enable high-quality construction. With state-of-the-art chemistry, BASF products improve resource and energy efficiency, and increase the durability of buildings. This also lowers costs for maintenance and repairs.
BASF provides a full range of expandable polystyrene, extruded polystyrene rigid foam and polyurethane foams for walls, roofs, ceilings, floors and basements. These products lower energy consumption while allowing high flexibility in terms of building design and architectural style. For example, Neopor, BASF's expandable polystyrene (EPS), is an efficient material for insulating facades. The gray Neopor contains graphite particles that reflect rays of heat like a mirror, giving it up to 20% better insulation performance and enabling a reduction in materials use of as much as 50%, compared with standard EPS. Neopor is suitable for various fields, including the insulation of basement ceilings or attic insulation, as well as application in flat roofs and thermal insulation systems for external walls.
The high-performance insulation materials Slentite and Slentex offer customised climate management. The organic areogel Slentite guarantees insulation that is 25 to 50% slimmer, while offering very good moisture regulation and a great deal of design freedom. Slentex is an easy-to-use, nonflammable high-performance insulation material. It enables slim, highly efficient thermal insulation for building elements such as balconies, arbours, narrow entrances or historical facades.
Under the brand Green Sense Concrete, BASF offers a performance package of different products and solutions with which customers can optimise their concrete mixtures. The aim is to reduce the environmental impact of concrete mixtures while meeting or even exceeding performance requirements with consistent production costs. For example, in the construction of the One World Trade Center in New York City, it was possible to save around 15,800t of CO2 equivalents, as well as 25,400MW/h of energy, compared with a conventional concrete formulation, thanks to the Green Sense Concrete technology.
BASF products that are visible outside and inside buildings have been carefully developed to couple functionality with design. The liquidapplied MasterTop flooring systems are extremely strong, attractive and durable, and cure without any joints. This creates a homogeneous surface that is strong and easy to clean, with applications in medical facilities, care and educational establishments, office and administrative buildings, shops, hotels and industrial facilities.
Thanks to the great range of available colours, MasterTop floors meet high aesthetic demands, and even offer individual designs in terms of motif and colour.
The BASF website provides an overview of the company's sustainable construction solutions. The Construction Chemicals division, part of BASF's broad construction portfolio, also presents selected, quantified customer examples on sustainability.