KNAUF INSULATION DEMONSTRATES ENVIRONMENTAL CAPABILITIES

Visitors to stand 2245 at this year’s Ecobuild, will witness the ‘greatest show on planet earth.’ Knauf Insulation’s holistic approach to environmentally sound practices and products will be demonstrated, from manufacture through to product installation. Visitors will also be able to find out more on Knauf Insulation’s revolutionary new mineral wool products that have less embodied energy and superior environmental sustainability, due to patented ECOSETM Technology.

Knauf Insulation mineral wool products with ECOSETM Technology benefit from a natural, formaldehyde-free binder made from rapidly renewable organic materials instead of petroleum-based chemicals. The technology enhances the product’s environmental credentials without affecting the thermal, acoustic or fire performance.

The ECOSE TM Technology binder is up to 70 per cent less energy intensive than traditional oil based binders. With Knauf Insulation mineral wool products containing high recycled and renewable content, this contributes to an already superior performance when it comes to embodied energy. Insulation products made with ECOSE TM Technology contain no dye and artificial colours – the colour is completely natural.

Knauf Insulation will also be featuring a practical approach to the R-value that can be achieved for each type of insulation. The thermal resistance (R-value) is the most important material characteristic that should be defined when specifying insulation as it considers both the thermal conductivity and thickness of an insulation product and so provides a useful means of comparing the performance of different products.

To aid visitors in learning more about sustainability and how to achieve Level 6, a zero carbon home will be featured. This will help people to understand how insulation and practical solutions can achieve maximum points available within the Code for Sustainable Homes.

Lydia Sharples, Head of Communications at Knauf Insulation comments: “Ecobuild will provide us with the platform to demonstrate superior environmental credentials with the unique benefits of ECOSE TM Technology across our glass and rock mineral products.

“Knauf Insulation is committed to providing the most thermally efficient products and materials that help increase a building’s energy efficiency, whilst at the same time adopting manufacturing processes that have a minimal environmental impact. In particular, glass mineral wool has a high recycled content, as it is manufactured using a high content of recycled glass bottles and is recyclable at the end of a building’s life. The rolls of insulation can also be significantly compressed prior to transportation to customers, reducing the amount of deliveries and CO2 emissions.”

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