Dow conserves Olympic energy
By Barry Copping
Posted 10 August 2012
The Copper Box indoor arena benefitted from Styrofoam insulation.
Dow Building Solutions has revealed the part its Styrofoam products had to play in the London 2012 Olympics.
Thousands of insulation boards made from Styrofoam-A closed-cell extruded polystyrene foam at Dow’s King’s Lynn manufacturing facility were installed on several structures within the Olympic Park which were viewed by billions of people around the globe, as well as the neighbouring Westfield Stratford City shopping centre.
The insulation was designed to help make the buildings on the Olympic Park more energy-efficient and the roofs more durable – particularly important as the buildings are transformed from Olympic to permanent “legacy” use.
Structures insulated with Styrofoam materials include the Olympic Stadium, the International Media Centre, the Copper Box indoor arena and more than half of the roofs on the Olympic and Paralympic Village.
Jayne Law, sales and marketing manager for Dow Building Solutions in the UK and Ireland says: “It was a case of pulling out all the stops to make sure enough Styrofoam would be available at the right time and in the right place – no mean feat when you are dealing with such a large, busy and very security-conscious construction site.”
“We were confident in the ability of our products to put in just as strong a performance as the athletes, and not only for this year’s Olympic Games, but beyond.”
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