Thermal insulation materials, based on the material, can be divided into organic, inorganic and metal thermal insulation materials.
Among organic thermal insulation materials, polystyrene foam and polyurethane foam have always occupied the dominant position, however, due to flammability and toxic substances released by combustion, the former is gradually being replaced; the latter, despite excellent thermal insulation properties, has frequently caused fire because of low (B grade) fireproof performance.
On March 14, 2011, The Ministry of Public Security of the People's Republic of China issued the Notice on Further Specifying Fire Management Requirements on External Thermal Insulation Materials for Civil Construction, which demanded A grade combustion performance of external thermal insulation materials for civil construction, thus directly restricting applications of polyurethane foam, etc. in the field of exterior wall insulation, while some organic insulation materials such as phenolic foam with A grade combustion performance saw a sharp rise.
In 2011, the output of phenolic foam board for exterior wall insulation in China reached 510,000 tons, an increase of nearly eight times over 2010, which also spawned a number of emerging enterprises like Lions Group, Xiamen Goot Advanced Material Co., Ltd. and Chengdu Longsheng Science & Technology Co., Ltd.
In contrast, the majority of inorganic insulation materials can meet A grade fire protection requirements; in the current Chinese market, the most commonly used materials refer to rock wool, aluminum silicate fiber, etc. Advocated by green energy-saving building materials, rock wool, glass wool and other polluting inorganic thermal insulation materials have encountered restrictions, while new materials such as aluminum silicate fiber, foam concrete, foam glass and aerated concrete have witnessed wide application.
Aluminum silicate fiber, also known as ceramic fiber, has recently seen rapid development in China, with output in 2011 exceeding 500,000 tons. Shandong Luyang Share Co., Ltd. is the largest ceramic fiber production enterprise in China.
As a kind of green energy-efficient building materials, foam concrete is deemed as one of the country's key popularized products. In 2011, relevant manufacturers amounted to more than 1,300, with output in excess of 10 million cubic meters, represented by Henan Huatai Building Materials Development Co., Ltd., Zhumadian City Yongtai Energy-Saving Building Materials Equipment Limited Company, and so on.
Relying on the advantages in fire prevention, thermal insulation and price, foam glass has achieved mass production in regions including Jiaxing (Zhejiang Province) and Lanzhou (Gansu Province), and representative enterprises include Zhejiang ZhenShen Cold Insulation Technology Co., Ltd., Zhejiang Dehe Cold Insulation Technology Co., Ltd. and Lanzhou Pengfei Heat Preservation Co., Ltd.
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