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European capital welcomes Polyurethanes Passive House


16 Sep 2011


Sustainable Dev.
Climate & Environment

Brussels, Belgium, 1 September 2011 - The construction of one of Brussels’ very first polyurethanes passive houses began today. Fully equipped and furnished with innovative polyurethane materials, the new house will be located in Europe’s capital, near the institutions of the European Union. The Polyurethanes Passive House will implement one of the most stringent standards of construction design, the passive house standard.

The polyurethane passive house will have 85% lower energy needs than conventional homes, providing its tenants with the comfort and healthiness of passive design but for significantly reduced energy bills.

Thinner and lighter than conventional insulation materials, it takes less polyurethane to achieve very high insulation performances. Not only does it save space, but it also means less transport, less packaging and less storage space, thus limiting CO2 emissions in the atmosphere.

The project will be documented on a dedicated website,, to track progress step by step and help the public, architects and building contractors understand the process required for the truly energy efficient passive home.

Reducing the environmental impact of buildings is an urgent yet achievable goal. More energy efficient homes would not only benefit consumers, who have to foot ever-mounting bills, but also the environment, reducing Europe’s CO2 emissions, 40% of which originate from buildings. It is out of this twofold concern that the Polyurethane Passive House project was established in Europe’s capital.

The Polyurethanes Passive House project was initiated by ISOPA, the European trade association for producers of diisocyanates and polyols, the main building blocks of polyurethanes. It will be executed by Bostoen, a Belgian construction company that specializes in promoting and developing affordable passive house projects across Belgium.




Dr Wolfram Frank

ISOPA Secretary General

Av. Van Nieuwenhuyse laan 4, B - 1160 Brussels

Tel: +32 2 / 676 74 76

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