Polycarbonate: a transparent, energy-saving building material
Transparent sheets made of polycarbonate (PCS) are an interesting material for a sector looking for cost-effective solutions. PCS sheets are inherently lightweight, transparent and extremely tough. Crucially, they can be tuned for a wide range of colors and degrees of transparency. This makes them optimal for applications that require some degree of light transmission or scattering, such as roofing and facades, light panels, skylights and greenhouses.
Letting daylight flood into a building through panels or skylights creates a more livable and workable environment, while the need for artificial lighting is reduced or eliminated, saving electricity and operating costs
Color, form and degree of translucency can also be engineered with additional functions such as heat insulation.
Polycarbonate sheets made with Makrolon® are an asset for architects, designers and construction companies who want to unite design freedom in shape and form with excellent weathering and durability properties.
Makrolon® RE resins: more sustainable climate neutral* polycarbonates, available today
To meet the growing demand for more sustainable building materials in the construction sector, we have developed a new portfolio of Makrolon® RE resins that can reduce emissions to levels as low as zero.
Makrolon® RE is a more sustainable, climate neutral* grade of PC resin with performance identical to fossil-derived, conventionalpolycarbonates. With Makrolon® RE, construction companies, architects and designers can replace fossil raw materials with climate neutral ones at the beginning of the value chain.
How do we achieve climate neutrality? First, we integrate alternative raw materials – circular feedstock inputs like plant residues and used cooking oils - into our chemical feedstock using an ISCC Plus certified mass balance approach. This chain-of-custody accounting method allows fossil and alternative raw materials to be mixed into large-scale chemical plant production but to be tracked and allocated separately. This mass balance approach enables renewable materials and circular feedstocks to be attributed to specific end products in a verifiable way.
Second, we use renewable energy to power the chlorine electrolysis process and other key steps in the polycarbonate production.
The result is a drop-in solution with zero technical risk and no needs to change processes for our customers. The share of attributed sustainable material can reach as high as 89%, with a carbon neutral manufacturing footprint. And Makrolon® RE resins deliver exactly the same technical performance as fossil-based polycarbonates.
Our carbon neutral Makrolon® RE portfolio is an optimal choice for customers looking for alternative raw materials with a lower carbon footprint that meets their sustainability targets today.