Insulation counts towards sustainability

by Tania Wannenburg
Insulation counts towards

Isover’s thermal and acoustic insulation products can save up to 100 times the energy used and CO₂ emitted in their manufacturing, transport and disposal.

Buildings typically account for 40% of all energy consumed in countries. By simply insulating these buildings with glass-wool insulation, it is possible to significantly improve their energy efficiency as well as interior comfort.

“Isover claims that its insulation products, over the normal installation lifespan of installed glass wool, can save up to 100 times the energy used and CO₂ emitted in the manufacturing, transport and disposal thereof.”
The company manufactures thermal and acoustic insulation and its products are some of the most widely used environmentally friendly, stable and sustainable insulation materials that are available today.

Quality manufacturing
To improve the quality and performance of its products, Isover South Africa invested in the latest TEL fiberizing technology. Its Glasswool, ULTIMATE and EPS products are manufactured according to ISO 9001 Quality Management System standards, and Isover’s Springs plant achieved an ISO 14001 environmental management certification in 2012.

Glasswool properties
Glasswool is made from a combination of naturally occurring silica sand, fluxing agents and up to 80% recycled glass. It has a zero ozone-depleting potential (ODP), and no CFCs or HCFCs are produced during the manufacturing process. To save on storage and reduce transport costs, Glasswool can be compressed by a factor of up to five.

Expanded polystyrene
Isover South Africa’s EPS division, Sagex, which manufactures a range of expanded polystyrene products, offers a choice of lightweight, high compressive strength and water-resistant insulation solutions for use in industrial, commercial and domestic applications. Sagex EPS is recyclable and is manufactured using a pentane blowing agent, which ensures that it is also CFC- and HCFC-free.

Indoor air quality
A major contributor to interior air pollution, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) have been linked to various health issues such as headaches, sore eyes, respiratory complaints and the possible impairment of our immune systems. It is therefore a big consideration for Isover in the manufacturing of its products.

Glasswool has been tested according to ASTM D55116 “Standard Guide for Small-Scale Environmental Chamber Determinations of Organic Emissions from Indoor Material/Products”, and is well below the minimum emissions level per mg/m2/hour as stipulated by the Green Building Council of South Africa.

For more information, visit the website or download the Isover SA app.

Tel: 0860 ISOVER (476837)
Fax: 086 673 1088
Website: www.isover.co.za

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