Chapter 2 – The Kitchen
Following on from Chapter 1 of our Polyurethane Passive House Walkthrough, we present to you a tour of the Passive House Kitchen.
Do you want a kitchen which is both beautiful and practical? What about both environmentally sustainable and affordable? Not to mention, an important quality, comfortable? As the Polyurethane Passive House moves closer towards completion, it is time to have a look at what the house will look like when it becomes a home.
We now discover our Passive House Kitchen, in which polyurethane regularly is the material of choice for providing comfort in cushioning, surface protection for wood and glass, and moulding into the most imaginative of shapes determined by your taste and style for your Passive House Kitchen.
Standard PVC windows are used in the house. Quality glazing and polyurethane window frames allow your home to avoid heat loss and make the most of the heating potential from sunlight. Large windows allow plenty of natural sun light into the room, to minimise electricity use in daylight hours.
The kitchen floor is finished with a polyurethane coating. The coating improves the floors appearance, adhesion, wettability, corrosion resistance, wear resistance, and scratch resistance. This all means that not only is it highly durable, but it looks great and has an ‘easy to clean’ finish.
Cabinets and Countertops
No kitchen is complete without custom cabinets and countertops to create the kitchen design of your taste. Polyurethane coatings are used to bring out the natural beauty of wood; on painted or stained surfaces, the topcoat helps protect from moisture, stains and scratches. Polyurethane topcoats are used for bringing out the natural shine of wood, protect painted surfaces and bring new life to a used surface, perfect for your kitchen table or counter tops. Polyurethane can also be used on older surfaces to bring back the shine of the wood, create a smooth surface and prevent the surface from fading, giving you that ‘brand new’ look, for less.
Fridges and Freezers
Fridges and freezers are an essential component of any kitchen. Similarly to building insulation, polyurethane insulation in refrigerators results in less electricity used in their operation. Rigid polyurethane insulating foam makes a major contribution to sustainability and eco-design by reducing the energy required to keep refrigerators and freezers cold. Without polyurethane insulated refrigeration, approximately 50% per cent of the world’s food would rot, heavily influencing our daily life. To top it all off, polyurethane application in refrigerating insulation is the most cost-effective manufacturing solution, making fridges affordable for all.
Polyurethanes provide not only excellent insulation properties, but offer also outstanding design qualities due to the material’s ability to have differing densities; for example, polyurethanes used for refrigerator doors enable the manufacturers to produce both parts with just a solid, void-free surface. Polyurethanes prove especially valuable from a design perspective because with just one application of a surface coating, the finish is impeccable. No additional post-finishing is necessary.
Whether you use your kitchen purely for cooking and preparing meals, as the centre of your family life or for entertainment, the lighting of the kitchen will be decisive in setting the mood and atmosphere of the space. Whereas table lamps are good for providing task lighting, wall sconces are better for adding ambiance and floor lamps are ideal for corners and lighting awkward spaces. Whichever mix you chose, chances are high that polyurethane will once again be in the equation be it in the form of paint or as part of the design
Tables and Chairs
Modern homes would be far less comfortable without polyurethanes. Flexible polyurethane foams are soft, yet provide good support, are durable, and maintain their shape. They are an excellent and safe filling material for seating cushions for your kitchen chairs. Not only this, but their versatility allows designers to use the full scope of their imagination when creating new designs for your modern kitchen.
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