Olympics season is back – Polyurethanes ensure stadiums are built sustainably

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There are only two weeks to go before thousands of people flock to the newly built stadiums in Rio for the Summer Olympics. With the focus on the sporting spectacle, few people would know, that resource efficient infrastructure contributes to the Games’ success as it secures long term return on investment for a city where economic growth and social inclusion are much needed.

We would also venture that even fewer people would know that polyurethanes play a key role in building sustainable stadiums! Here’s why:

  • Poorly insulated buildings waste a large proportion of the energy that goes into them. Polyurethane insulation is a cost-effective, durable and safe way to reduce a building’s energy use. It plays an important role in keeping buildings cool, which means less investment is needed for cooling purposes.
  • Polyurethane is a high quality and long lasting material. Therefore costs are reduced; ultimately saving Rio’s municipality millions of dollars in maintenance and renovation.
  • Polyurethane is the material of choice for coatings and adhesives because of its quality. Cables, floors, and walls last longer because the properties of polyurethane prevent corrosion.
  • Polyurethane is recyclable. Did you know that, for example, end-of-use vehicle tyres can be turned into sports tracks or surfaces for sports stadiums thanks to polyurethane’s adhesive qualities?

Building stadiums for Olympics requires a huge amount of resources and energy. Similarly to previous organiser cities, the Rio municipality’s objective is to ensure that future generations will be able to reap the benefits from organising such a prestigious event. However, overtime, there will likely be few funds available to maintain the infrastructure in its current state. This is where polyurethane has a role to play –in ensuring that the next generation of Brazilians can practice their favourite sports in facilities that maintain their quality through the durability of their construction products.

It’s not all construction! Find out more about polyurethane and sport in the video below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2TmGHSObfI

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