Energy Efficiency


Polyurethanes and plastics can help increase performance and save energy.

Q&A from the Experts

  • Does using polyurethane insulation help appliances save energy?

    Yes. Polyurethane insulation offers extremely high insulation properties. In fact, in an Eco-Efficiency Analysis showed that If all the storage facilities, freezer chests and transport vehicles were insulated with polyurethane rigid foam at 60 millimeters thickness, they would save 16 times more energy than the energy used to produce the insulation—in the first seven days that the appliances are in service. After a year, the optimal thickness polyurethane insulation will save 1040 times more energy than the amount used to produce it. 

  • Is polyurethane foam insulation only suitable for freezers?

    No. Polyurethane is highly versatile and is helping manufacturers produce a wide variety of commercial refrigeration solutions, including multi-purpose commercial refrigerators that are longer and deeper, including aisle-length freezers, open vegetable coolers, or slide top, floor-to-ceiling beverage refrigerators, and convenience store freezers.

  • I have an idea for a new design--can you help me?

    We provide solutions tailored to fit your requirements, optimized and adjusted in our appliance lab to match your needs. Specific processing conditions are simulated and optimized, with the final products tested, applying international standards and manufacturers’ test procedures. 

  • How does using polyurethane foam impact the manufacturing process?

    Whether you manufacture water heaters for the industrial or consumers markets, you're faced with same challenge - find a way to develop products that offer improved energy efficiency while simultaneously looking for ways to improve the efficiency of your manufacturing processes.


    BASF Elastopor systems easily deliver quality, consistency and repeatability in the manufacturing process. It also provides improvements in flow characteristics and curing times, helping speed your production process.

    Our rigid foams effortlessly meet the highest demands and broadest applications, resulting in the design and manufacture of innovative and forward-thinking water heater products. We will always consider your total manufacturing process, from financial and environmental considerations, when creating new systems solutions.

  • Does the polyurethane used for bath and spa applications offer insulation?

    Yes. Polyurethane's superior insulation values maintain water temperatures, enhancing customer enjoyment while also saving energy. This performance is particularly useful in outdoor spas.

  • Where can polyurethane foam be found in everyday items?

    BASF Elastoflex® flexible foams, with Elastoskin® polyurethane coverings and Elastofoam® integral skin system can be found in seating for many of today's snowmobiles, ATVs and motorcycles because of their durability and high resistance to water. They also give designers the flexibility to create a wider range of grain, texture and color surfaces, all using a single, in-mold process.


    From rollerblades to beach clogs, hiking boots to jogging shoes, BASF makes insoles, midsoles, outsoles and more that enhance support, reduce fatigue and promote longer wear.


    BASF Elastopor® systems are used to create MDI based surfboard blanks that have proven to be popularly lightweight, durable and increasingly cost-effective.


    Superior puncture, tearing and moisture resistance make BASF polyurethane flexible foams and integral skins ideally suited for balls and other toys.


    BASF microcellular foams are giving bicycle and other recreational tire makers a durable yet process-saving alternative to air-filled tires.


    BASF polyurethane flexible foams' sound damping properties, and soft touch comfort are music to the ears of some of the best headphone manufacturers and audiophiles.

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