Building Green 2015

The other partners at the stand were DC-System, Kingspan, Nortec-Cannon and Tinby. This trade show focuses on sustainable design, construction and the build environment. Of course, also the more traditional building material suppliers were present, like producers of brick stones, roof tiles and flooring, presenting various new concepts for improving their image of sustainability.

The typical visitor was either an architect, a building contractor, a construction engineer, a student, professor, or a representative from the building authorities, centrally or locally. At the Plastindustrin stand, various construction applications were displayed, like either naked PIR-panels, or combinations of PUR with different surface materials, like fibre gypsum, wood chip boards or porous cement/concrete boards.

One interesting feature of the trade show was the possibility to book one-on-one meetings with other registered visitors, using a Matchmaking application on the home page of the organizers. I used it frequently during the both days and thereby got the opportunity to talk each 20 minutes undisturbed with architects, innovators, contractors, building material producers and representatives from organizations and testing institutes about PIR and PUR, and the respective value propositions over other materials. Many of the people I met were well informed, had already used or had knowledge about PUR/PIR panels, both for renovation and new construction purposes.

If I may chose two high-lights to reports: one of the meetings was with an engineering manager from the IKEA Group. IKEA has chosen PIR sandwich panels as their preferred facade material when building their stores. The reason being that they are lighter, thinner, and easier to mount than traditional mineral wool containing panels, making it a better economical alternative. “PIR is a fantastic material”!

Another “sunshine story” was the visit at the stand of a construction project manager. He had just finished his third building project using PIR insulation boards in the walls. This time it was about a 3000 m² apartment store, where they obtained 40 m² extra space, just by using 185 mm thick PIR boards instead of 330 mm mineral wool, reaching the same insulation value. The result was one more apartment at a value of 1 Mio DKK, or extra rental revenues for the house owner! At the first project, he had been a bit in doubt about its application, but now after his third project, he was a fully convinced supporter of PIR panels.

Due to the very positive feed-back and a lot of fruitful discussions on the stand, it was agreed amongst the stand personnel to recommend Plastindustrin to participate also in the Building Green trade show in 2016.

On behalf of Covestro A/S
Business Development Manager, Bengt Arheden