Knauf Insulation is set to transform the glass mineral wool insulation market with revolutionary new ECOSETM Technology. Insulation manufactured with the new process not only provides sustainability benefits never achieved before, but Knauf Insulation glass mineral wool made with ECOSETM Technology has such exceptional quality, look and feel, that in trials installers did not believe it was actually glass mineral wool.

The patented ECOSE™ Technology delivers an easier to handle insulation, which now extends the lead of glasswool. The natural binder process results in an insulation product that incorporates less dust and has a natural, pleasant smell.

The performance characteristics of mineral wool with ECOSE™ Technology equally match Knauf Insulation’s traditional mineral wool products for fire-resistance, non-combustibility, thermal, and acoustic absorption performance as well as having the best R-Values.

Knauf Insulation mineral wool products with ECOSE Technology are different because they are made with a natural, formaldehyde-free binder derived from rapidly renewable organic materials instead of petroleum-based chemicals. The process has been developed for glass and rock mineral wool insulation and also offers the same potential benefits to other products where resin-substitution would be an advantage.

The technology is up to 70% less energy intensive than traditional oil based binders. From 1st May 2009, insulation products such as Loft Roll and DriTherm made with ECOSE Technology contain no dye or artificial colours – the colour is completely natural. Knauf Insulation will also change to transparent packaging so that installers can see the difference.

Glass mineral wool is already considered the most environmentally friendly insulation option available, as it is manufactured with a high content of recycled glass bottles, is recyclable at the end of a building’s life and the rolls of insulation can also be significantly compressed prior to transportation to customers, reducing the amount of deliveries and CO2 emissions – but it is now even more sustainable.

“We are continually looking to enhance our environmental credentials even further to provide customers with innovative products to meet the growing market need for more sustainable construction materials, and the developments with ECOSE™ Technology are outstanding,” explains Mark Andrews, Managing Director at Knauf Insulation.

“Following the success of ECOSE™ Technology in other markets and a period of intense, rigorous testing, we have now extended this unique process across the entire glass and rock mineral range in northern Europe.”

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