New at the Chillventa - Armaflex Ultima made by Armacell: The first flexible technical insulation material with extremely low smoke density (Hall 2, Stand 110)

Greater safety in the event of a fire (Euroclass BL-s1, d0); the Armaflex Ultima system family meets the requirements for sustainable building

Münster, (PresseBox) - Armacell at the Chillventa: with Armaflex Ultima Armacell presents a completely new Armaflex generation. The blue elastomeric foam is the first flexible insulation material to achieve fire class BL-s1, d0. This means that the insulation material has an extremely low smoke density, thus making an important contribution to the overall level of fire safety in buildings. Furthermore, Armaflex Ultima meets the requirements for sustainable building, such as the criteria for LEED certification. In order to be able to install the new material reliably, Armacell has developed adhesives specifically for use with Armaflex Ultima, including Armaflex Ultima SF990 Adhesive, the first solvent- and VOC-free product. Armaflex Ultima is patent pending and will be launched on the German market in autumn.

Low smoke density decisive for the safety of people in a fire

Every year some 600 people die as a result of fires in Germany alone. But only a few of these are killed by the flames, the majority - 95 % of fire fatalities! - die as a consequence of smoke inhalation. In the event of a fire it is vital that those trapped find escape routes quickly - which is only possible with minimal smoke development. The new European fire classification takes this fact into account and when assessing the fire behaviour of building products not only tests the flammability, but also the smoke density and the production of burning droplets. The new Armaflex Ultima is the first flexible insulation material to achieve fire class BL-s1, d0 (tubes) and B-s2, d0 (sheets) in the European fire test. The insulation material releases only a minimal amount of smoke in a fire and thus makes an important contribution to the safety of people in buildings.

The future belongs to sustainable building

Public, but also commercial and residential buildings are increasingly planned and built on the principle of sustainability. This applies both to the construction of new buildings and the renovation of existing buildings. The Green Building certification is now very important in the real-estate business. Buildings which have been certified under LEED, BREEAM or a comparable national scheme, such as the German DGNB, are characterized by high resource efficiency in the areas of energy, water and material and have as little negative impact on health and the environment as possible. The certificate which is best-established internationally is probably the US Green Building Council's LEED seal of quality (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Here buildings are assessed according to a catalogue of criteria in six categories. Armaflex Ultima in combination with the solvent-free Armaflex Ultima SF990 Adhesive can contribute to fulfilling the criteria for LEED certification. As is the case with all Armaflex insulation materials, Armaflex Ultima conserves natural resources and reduces the emission of climate-damaging CO2.

Strong adhesives for a sustainable insulation system

For a sustainable insulation system Armacell has developed a new range of adhesives specifically for use with Armaflex Ultima:

- Armaflex Ultima SF990 Adhesive: the first solvent- and VOC-free adhesive for installing elastomeric insulation materials
- Armaflex Ultima RS850 Adhesive: High-performance adhesive with reduced solvent content for clean, non-drip installation
- Armaflex Ultima Adhesive 700: reliable special adhesive for a wide temperature range

The choice of adhesive depends on the requirements of the project in question. Armaflex Ultima is available as a complete range of tubes and sheets in standard and self-adhesive versions. In order to provide a reliable insulation system for the sensitive area around the pipe bracket, the Armafix pipe support will also soon be offered in the new Armaflex Ultima quality.

Armacell GmbH

Armacell is a manufacturer of engineered foams and the world leader in the market for flexible technical insulation materials. In the financial year 2011, the company had a gross annual turnover of around 448 million euros. The group of companies has approximately 2,500 employees and 19 factories in 13 countries. It is headquartered in Münster, Germany. Apart from ARMAFLEX, the leading brand in the field of flexible technical insulation, the company also produces thermoplastic insulation materials, covering systems, fire protection and noise control products, special foams for a multitude of industrial applications and foam cores which are used as composite materials. Further information on the company can be found at www.armacell.com.

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