Product Focus: Insulation
February 28, 2012
Formaldehyde-free Formulated InsulationOwens Corning
EcoTouch Pink Fiberglas Insulation with PureFiber Technology is made with natural materials and a formaldehyde-free formulation. This product uses a minimum of 50 percent recycled content (30 percent post-consumer recycled content). It provides for energy-efficiency and comfort, and is designed with the environment in mind while delivering the same thermal performance. EcoTouch is fast and easy to install, helping reduce build-cycle time, enhance profitability and improve cash flow. EcoTouch is GreenGuard Indoor Air Quality Certified, as well as GreenGuard Children and Schools Certified, to meet certification standards.
Insulation Binder TechnologyKnauf Insulation
Ecose is a natural binder technology, made from rapidly renewable organic materials designed to deliver environmental sustainability and reduce embodied energy. It contains no phenol, formaldehyde, acrylics or artificial colors. According to the manufacturer, this new technology converts natural organic materials into an inert polymer through a proprietary process to create an exceptionally strong binder that bonds glass wool insulation fibers together.
Multi-purpose Mineral Wool InsulationThermafiber
VersaBoard mineral wool insulation is a multi-purpose commercial product that has high-recycled content designed for commercial construction. The product is available in four densities (3.5 to 8.0 pcf). The insulation is engineered to provide thermal insulation, fire protection and strong sound and noise absorption. The company can apply a variety of facings to the product during manufacturing to meet the aesthetic and functional needs of a building. It also repels moisture and can be an exposed interior surface. The insulation has up to 90 percent recycled content. It contributes to 33 LEED credits across four categories. It helps buildings conserve energy, control noise, improve indoor air quality, improve life safety and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Sustainable Fiberglass InsulationCertainTeed Insulation
The company’s fiberglass insulation manufacturing facility in Chowchilla, Calif., is now manufacturing Sustainable Insulation. The manufacturing process begins with a formula that uses organic, naturally abundant or recycled materials. In addition to sand, the insulation consists of a recycled glass content of 35 percent and a plant-based binder. The binder is comprised of rapidly renewable organic materials and contains no phenol, formaldehyde, harsh acrylics or dye. A closed-loop water system helps maximize water usage at the plant, and rigorous monitoring and management of energy usage has reduced the amount of energy needed to manufacture the product. When Sustainable Insulation is ready to ship, compression packaging is used to move more product in fewer loads. Strategically located distribution centers minimize transportation needs and make the product easily accessible to California’s building industry.
Closed-cell Polyurethane Foam InsulationJohns Manville
JM Corbond III is a spray-applied, medium-density closed-cell polyurethane foam plastic insulation that can be used alone or in hybrid systems with JM fiberglass to create custom insulation solutions for residential, commercial and industrial applications. The product offers the highest yield of any closed-cell foam building insulation, providing 5,000 to 5,200 board feet of coverage per set. It also provides superior thermal, moisture and cold-temperature performance and dimensional stability. It sprays at 3 inches per pass, allowing for maximum productivity.