Isover explains their environmentally-friendly insulation products.
Approximately 40% of all electricity consumption can be attributed to buildings (and a large part of a building’s energy consumption is spent on heating and cooling). Thermal insulation, coupled with other energy-saving techniques, can make a huge difference to a building’s – and ultimately a country’s – energy consumption.
Saint-Gobain Isover has been providing industry-leading thermal and acoustic insulation solutions to the local insulation market for over 55 years. Their mission is to produce energy-efficient insulation solutions that improve buildings’ thermal and acoustic comfort, while helping to protect the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The company’s two South African manufacturing sites employ over 240 people, producing a wide range of insulation materials including Glasswool Ultimate and expanded polystyrene.
Six years ago, Isover South Africa upgraded their production facilities to incorporate the latest TEL fibre technology. This upgrade increased their production capacity by 30%, while simultaneously improving the quality and performance of their insulation products’ fibres. The company’s Springs plant achieved ISO 14001 certification in 2012, and Isover’s Glasswool Ultimate and EPS are manufactured according to ISO 9001 Quality Management System standards.
Energy and water savings
Isover is continuously looking for ways to improve their energy-efficiency. When comparing the tons of Glasswool produced in 2000 to the production today, the energy consumption has dropped by 20% per ton of product with an equivalent reduction in CO₂ emissions. The company has also lowered their water consumption per ton of Glasswool produced by 30% with the use of closed circuit systems and investing in new equipment that consumes less water.
Why glasswool is a sustainable solution
Glasswool is a sustainable insulation solution for a number of reasons. The product can be compressed by a factor of up to ten, which saves on storage and reduces transport costs (thereby reducing fuel transport emissions). It is also made from a combination of naturally occurring silica sand, fluxing agents and up to 80% recycled glass. Furthermore, Glasswool has a zero ozone depleting potential (ODP) and no CFCs or HCFCs are produced in the production process.
Sagex, which is Isover South Africa’s foams division, manufactures a range of expanded polystyrene. This can also be seen as a sustainable solution because it is recyclable as well as CFC- and HCFC-free.
The company also offers a new generation mineral wool range called Ultimate. This product is particularly suited to high temperature industrial applications and it offers excellent thermal performance. Ultimate is produced via unique patented technology that results in a virtually shot-free product.
Professionals in the building industry should consider Isover’s Glasswool, Ultimate and EPS insulation products. These three products save more than 100 times the energy consumed and CO₂ emitted in their manufacturing, transport and disposal. This is a responsible choice, by any standard.
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