HFC-Free Polyurethane Foam

January 11, 2021

Norbec complies with the regulations for products entering Canada and for products manufactured in Canada using HFCs, in effect since January 1st, 2021.

Regulatory Amendments on Hydrofluorocarbons

In the wake of measures to achieve the reduction of ozone-depleting substances and reduce global warming, plastic foams used in insulated panels can no longer contain HFCs, a new regulation that has been in place since January. This mesure bans the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in the vast majority of products manufactured in Canada. These gases are commonly used in urethane foams as a blowing agent.

Learn more : https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/canadian-environmental-protection-act-registry/ozone-regulations-amendments-questions.html

A Responsible & High-Performance Alternative

The Cold Room and Architectural (Sandwich) Panel industry is directly affected by this new regulation. Fortunately, alternative blowing agents exist, such as HFO or Pentane for which even better thermal and fire performance can be observed. These components will now be used in the polyurethane foam formulations for our different lines of insulated metal panels (IMPs) concerned.


  • Limited effect on global warming
  • More energy efficient
  • Meeting the requirements of the National Building Code of Canada.
  • Equally sustainable

Norbec is proud to contribute to a sustainable future by designing insulated solutions that respect the environment.

Alexandre Bélisle, Director R & D

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