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STYROFOAM to share in the glory of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

London 2012 Olympic Stadium

we’re confident in the ability of our products to put in just as strong a performance as the athletes

With just weeks to go before this summer’s London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Dow Building Solutions team can tell family and friends that their STYROFOAM products will have a part to play.

Thousands of STYROFOAM-A insulation boards made at Dow’s manufacturing site in King’s Lynn have been installed on several structures within the London 2012 Olympic Park, which will be seen by billions of people around the globe, as well as the neighbouring Westfield Stratford City shopping centre.

The insulation is designed to help make the buildings on the Olympic Park more energy efficient and the roofs more durable; which will be particularly important as they transform from temporary to permanent use.

Structures insulated with STYROFOAM materials include the Olympic Stadium, the International Media Centre, the Copper Box (Handball Arena) and more than half of the roofs on the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Village.

“It was a case of pulling out all the stops to make sure enough STYROFOAM would be available at the right time and in the right place – no mean feat when you are dealing with such a large, busy and very security conscious construction site,” said Jayne Law MBE, Sales and Marketing Manager for Dow Building Solutions in the UK and Ireland.

“Now the hard work is over it will be great for our employees to sit back and watch the Opening Ceremony knowing that they had a part to play in bringing the Games to fruition,” she continued. “In fact, we’re confident in the ability of our products to put in just as strong a performance as the athletes, and not only for this year’s Olympic Games, but beyond!”

The Olympic and Paralympic Village will be transformed into a residential community following London 2012, ensuring a lasting legacy for STYROFOAM. The Olympic Stadium, International Media Centre and Copper Box have also been designed as permanent structures.

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Detailed product and project details:
London 2012 Olympic Stadium and International Media Centre
ROOFMATE SL-A STYROFOAM-A insulation was strategically used in key areas to bring structural strength, protect waterproof coverings, offer moisture resistance and deliver against thermal efficiency targets. The robust insulation will help support the legacy requirements of two of the most highly visited and visible structures in the London 2012 Olympic Park.

The Copper Box (London 2012 Olympic Handball Arena)
FLOORMATE 500-A, a STYROFOAM-A material with a design load matching the structural engineering requirements, was used beneath heavy air-conditioning equipment on the roof, allowing continuity of the thermal insulation. The mechanical properties of the material also enabled such equipment to be concentrated in smaller areas and hidden with high parapets, supporting the integrity of the architect’s box design.

London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Village
ROOFMATE SL-A STYROFOAM-A insulation was used on more than half of the roofs in the Olympic and Paralympic Village. It offers thermal efficiency, moisture resistance as well as the ability to cope with wide fluctuations in temperature and repeated freeze/thaw cycles. These characteristics helped to deliver a roof insulation system designed to match the expected lifetime of the Olympic and Paralympic Village as it transitions from temporary accommodation to permanent residences.

About Dow Building Solutions:
Dow Building Solutions is a division of the Dow Chemical Company Limited. The UK business supplies systems and products which help construction professionals to design and build energy efficient, high performance buildings across the range from residential to commercial, supporting Code for Sustainable Homes, BREEAM and Passivhaus design criteria.

The product range includes STYROFOAM™ blue extruded foamed polystyrene insulation, new XENERGY™ extruded polystyrene insulation in steel grey, GREAT-STUFF™ polyurethane foam sealant, FROTH-PAK™ polyurethane foam spray systems, INSTA-STIK™ polyurethane adhesives and a range of accessories.

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Dow Building Solutions
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Middlesex, TW18 3AG
Tel.: 020 3139 4190
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