The Winter Olympics requires chilly venues, and PyeongChang fits the bill. Modular housing was erected to accommodate officials and athletes, and Dow Corning was there to make the structures more comfortable and energy efficient with its silicone construction products, and its polyurethane and coating technologies. As the Olympics’ Official Chemistry Company, Dow Corning supplied Dow PAPI Polymeric MDI to insulate PIR panels against the outside chill.
The modular units are erected within hours using prefabricated panels, cost half as much as regular structures, and are 98 percent recyclable. To ensure further comfort and safety, the structures were sealed using Dow Corning 1001 Perimeter Silicone Sealant, a durable and weather-resistant product that is also fire resistant. Interior walls are finished with ACRYSOL™ Rheology Modifiers, PRIMAL™ Acrylic Low VOC and Low Odor Emulsion Polymers, and WALOCEL™ Cellulosic, allowing for paint-ready surfaces that are durable and easy to clean.
Even the mattresses athletes sleep on include a contribution form Dow: Dow VORANOL™ Technology used in the mattress’ slab foam. The company explains that this product enhances the shape and flexibility of the foam when it is under compression, allowing it to be more comfortable and breathable.