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Healthy Materials

Human health and wellbeing can be improved through smart building designs and green materials. At BASF, healthy and durable construction materials is of utmost importance.


"We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us."
Winston Churchill

Inside: The National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory

The building: Biosafety level 4 rating

The National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory (NEIDL) needed to be one of the most safely designed and constructed buildings in the world. As part of a national network of secure facilities dedicated to the study of new and emerging infectious diseases, technicians at the NEIDL perform testing and diagnostics, research and develop treatments, and act as a national response team in the event of an epidemic or biodefense emergency.


The challenge

Provide a high-performance building enclosure system with structural strength, moisture resistance, airtightness and energy efficiency benefits.


A seamless solution

WALLTITE® spray-applied polyurethane foam insulating air barrier system.


5 Reasons Why

  • Seamless air barrier
  • Seamless insulation layer
  • Seamless vapor retarder
  • Conforms to substrate profile
  • Increased thermal performance


"I know that there's a lot of testing and engineering that goes into their products. It's cutting edge technology."
Frank Ernst, managing partner, Soep-Durwest Construction


Elite training facility, elite building projects

"We went down and inspected the roof after Hurricane Rita. There was no wind damage at all. It performed perfectly."
Sean Stumler, Insulated Roofing Contractors


The building: Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital

The Fort Polk army base in Louisiana was built during World War II as a home base for training soldiers to fight the overseas war. One of its main arteries is a full-service hospital with active operating and delivery rooms, serving a population of over 130,000Fort Polk residents.


Challenge #1

Install a new roof with minimal disruption to hospital operations.


Challenge #2

The hospitals 125,000 square-foot roof, made up of built-up roofing (BUR) over concrete, had many fresh air intakes that had to be diligently protected from the odors and fumes associated with a construction project.


Challenge #3

Finally, the existing roof had sections covered with 3 x 12-foot concrete footings supporting damaged and unusable solar collection units.


A balanced solution

The perfect balance of performance and price was found with ELASTOSPRAY®ALPHA SPF roofing system from BASF Polyurethane Foam Enterprises LLC. The low-disruption application methods and its ability to cover an uneven roof surface smoothly and seamlessly-like that left by the removed concrete footings-kept disruption to a minimum and the hospital functioning normally.


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