Brown insulation from natural and recycled materials delivers green home benefits (video)
Insulation has a new color: brown. That's the color of the EcoBatt insulation made from bio-based materials, sand and recycled glass from Knauf Insulation North America.
The brown color indicates the insulation was made with Knauf's ECOSE technology, a binder for the insulation made with bio-based materials rather than petroleum-based chemicals. It does not contain formaldehyde, phenol or other chemicals found in traditional fiberglass insulation. In fact, Knauf Insulation's entire line of building insulation is verified to be formaldehyde free by the strict standards of the GREENGUARD institute.
Knauf offers insulation in both batt and blow-in forms, and many of the products use up to 60 percent post-consumer recycled bottle glass.
The insulation also performs well in place, especially when used with Knauf’s EcoSeal sealant. The spray-on sealant provides air sealing around penetrations and joints in the building envelope, boosting the effectiveness of the insulation. Garbett Homes, a well-known green home builder, uses EcoSeal in all its homes.
Scott Miller, Knauf's director of sustainability and product affairs, reviews some of the advantages of insulation made with natural and recycled materials.
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Photo courtesy of Garbett Homes
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