Insulation and its impact
By reducing energy consumption, it is estimated that insulation cuts pollution from the utility infrastructure, slashing carbon dioxide emission by 780 million tons globally every year. This is the equivalent to the annual electricity use of over 90 million homes. Knauf Insulation’s goal is to provide products and services that conserve energy and preserve natural resources for a sustainable future.
In the average life of a building insulation saves over 1500 times the energy used in its manufacture.
Our climate is changing. To slow the current rate of global warming, we need to dramatically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. In Australia, 40% of our energy use is consumed in buildings.
The largest contribution to saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions will come from driving energy efficiency in buildings. One of the easiest and most important ways we can save energy is through insulating our buildings.
Earthwool® products made using ECOSE® Technology benefit from a binder which has no added formaldehyde and is based on renewable bio-based materials instead of traditional petrol-based chemicals. The technology has been developed for Knauf Insulation’s glasswool and rock mineral wool products, enhancing our environmental credentials whilst maintaining the thermal, acoustic and fire performance and mechanical properties.
ECOSE® Technology gives a distinctive new look to Knauf Insulation’s Earthwool® products - a natural shade of earthy brown, with no added dyes, bleaches or artificial colours. Earthwool® is also less dusty and has a much softer and friendlier feel whilst retaining its rigidity and stiffness properties. The ECOSE® Technology binder is less energy intensive than the formaldehyde binders used in traditional glasswool insulation. As there is no formaldehyde or phenols used in the manufacturing process for Earthwool®, it also improves the indoor air quality of buildings where these products are installed (compared to conventional glasswool products).
The new generation of glasswool made using ECOSE® Technology is already used in buildings throughout the USA, UK, Europe and Australasia.