You can check out my article on this on ICIS Chemical Business' March 9 issue featuring commentaries from BASF, Dow Chemicals, Nova Chemicals and Ashland. Terry Knowles, a consultant from UK-based IRL, also talked about the greening of paints and coatings in his report, "Construction coatings get greener."
By the way, Dow Chemical recently announced that all of its Styrofoam brand building insulation produced in Dalton, Georgia, are now using a zero ozone-depleting, zero VOC (volatile organic compound) foaming agent technology just in time for the Montreal Protocol deadline, which requires the phase-out of the hydrochloro-fluorocarbon (HCFC) 142b, an ozone-depleting compound by January 1, 2010.
Dow said its Dalton facility will begin shipments of the new Styrofoam insulation by the end of March, and other plants to follow throughout the year.
The building industry has been watching closely to see when manufacturers will convert and how quickly they will be able to get new product into the supply chain. STYROFOAM XPS Foam Insulation with our new foaming agent technology is exactly the right product at the exactly the right time," said Torsten Kraef, vice president and general manager, Dow Building Solutions.Dow said it can also still recycle scrap STYROFOAM™ XPS Foam Insulation in their plant.
Here's one trivia by the way. In case you noticed earlier, Styrofoam is a brand name of Dow's so the polystyrene foam cup you're using for your coffee or those annoying white foam packaging materials that keeps sticking to your hair and hands are not called Styrofoam unless they're made by Dow (which is doubtful).