Just got notification of an interesting discussion related to refrigerants-looks like it could be open to broader participation…
Seattle Building Enclosure Council
Thursday, April 16, 20205:30 PM - 7:30 PM PDT
By engineering the use of alternate chemicals, humanity has successfully been addressing the problem of ozone depletion. Following in these footsteps, effort is being made to significantly reduce the impact of global warming caused by two categories of chemicals regularly used in the building industry: refrigerants and blowing agents. The scientific community has determined that this step alone can reduce potential global warming by 0.5 degrees C.
Washington State, along with California, New York, and a handful of additional states, as well as all of Canada, is enacting regulations which will define limits on the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of the chemicals used for these components; components which are an integral part of any mechanical systems and insulation products we use in our buildings.
During this presentation, Dan Whitmore and Ari Anderson with RDH Building Science Inc. (RDH) will review the underlying logic behind these new regulations, the impact on the available blowing agents and refrigerants, and critically, the effect on the products we will have available for use in our construction projects starting on January 1, 2021. Dan and Ari will be joined by Emily Bruns, Senior Environmental Technical Specialist with the Washington State Department of Ecology, and Paul Lewandowski, Director of Regulatory Law for Owens-Corning to present a panel discussion.