Green Insulation

 

We have discussed the value of insulating your house to save energy and cash. There are a whole lot of alternatives available at the moment. Listed below are a couple.

Recycled

Keep waste from the landfill and keep warm by choosing insulation. Recycled insulation might be reached from many of substances, such as melted minerals and lavender or recycled glass (ceramic), recycled paper (cellulose, newspaper), recycled steel slag (rockwool), and mill waste and low-grade and recycled cotton (cotton).

1 recycled-content insulation which has obtained quite a great deal of press recently is UltraTouch Natural Cotton Fiber Insulation, made by Bonded Logic. This insulation consists of 85% post-industrial cotton (believe denim manufacturing bits).

Hemp

HempFlax insulation electrical insulation mat as per IEC 61111 are made from natural hemp fibers using a few polyester fibers for strengthening. They can be found in a number of thicknesses for insulating roofs, walls, and flooring. Hemp processing is low and clean on dust.

Thermafleece sheep’s wool insulation is generated by Second Nature. Sheep’s wool is both secure and simple to manage and, unlike most conventional insulation, will not lead to itching and skin irritation. Additionally, wool catches carbon dioxide in the air that, according to the company website, provides Thermafleece a negative global warming potential.

Spray-in foam begins as a liquid and, after it’s coated, expands and solidifies, employed as an air barrier to prevent more than 90% of air infiltration and preventing pollution and allergens on your residence. Some spray-in foam is filled with substances, while others, such as Icynene, are water-blown and do not offgas nasty substances. (Icynene is totally free of formaldehyde also.)

Soy

Another spray-in alternative: soy-based polyurethane, made by BioBased Insulation. It is made out of soybean oil, therefore there are not any petrochemicals, and you also won’t need to be worried about mold growth (or pests eating it). Soy-based polyurethane can also be free of CFCs and VOCs. BioBased Insulation has been the very first polyurethane spray foam insulation to make GREENGUARD certification.

Mushrooms

OK. This insulation is not made solely out of mushrooms. The petroleum-free insulating material is priced like conventional rigid board insulation (such as Styrofoam) and contains a similar R-value. And, perhaps most importantly, once you’re done with it, Greensulate will quickly break down, enriching the soil as well as helping neighboring waste breakdown also. You are going to need to wait some time to test it out-it likely will not be accessible as insulation before the end of 2010 (though you can purchase additional Greensulate goods, like coolers, today).