Knauf Insulation has launched a new generation of glasswool using patented ECOSE® Technology which reduces the product's embodied energy and delivers superior environmental sustainability.
With glasswool insulation made using recycled glass bottles and also being highly compression packed, it is already ranked in independent sustainability tables as the best performing insulation in terms of low environmental impact - even better than sheep's wool according to the Green Guide for Specification in England. ECOSE Technology extends the leading position of glasswool and as a result, Knauf Insulation's Earthwool® glasswool insulation products provide Australasia with a new choice of highly sustainable insulation.
Earthwool glasswool insulation 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 petroleum-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 glasswool insulation products - a natural shade of earthy brown, with no added dyes, bleaches or artificial colours. Earthwool glasswool insulation is also less dusty and has a much softer and friendlier feel whilst retaining its rigidity and stiffness properties. The ECOSE Technology binder is up to 70% less energy intensive than the formaldehyde binders used in traditional glasswool insulation. As there is no formaldehyde or phenol used in the manufacturing process for Earthwool® glasswool insulation, 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 has already been introduced throughout North America, in the UK and also in Spain and it is scheduled to be launched everywhere else in Europe. With the worldwide increase in formaldehyde free specifications, ECOSE Technology is set to revolutionise the manufacture of building materials for which require resin based binders.