AFPM '14: DOTP grows in popularity due to LEED certification

31 March 2014 23:22 Source:ICIS News

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (ICIS)--A large US plasticizers buyer is using more of non-phthalate plasticizer dioctyl terephthalate (DOTP) in its products due to LEED certification, a source at the company said on Monday on the sidelines of the
International Petrochemical Conference (IPC).

Developed by the US Green Building Council, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a certification program for the design and construction of environmentally responsible buildings.

Major plasticizers used by the buyer are diisononyl phthalate (DINP), DOTP and
dipropyl heptyl phthalate (DPHP). The buyer said that the company's preferred plasticizer due to effectiveness was DINP, but DOTP was becoming its primary plasticizer.

Phthalates, including DINP, are listed under Avoidances of Chemicals of Concern. This LEED credit that requires builders use building products and materials that do not contain intentionally added substances present in the end product over a concentration of 100 parts per million.

Hosted by the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), the IPC continues through Tuesday.

By Matthew Donovan