2 Recycled Insulation Products For The Ultimate In Green Home Building

Has your family been growing and you need more room? Learn more about finding the right contractor for a home renovation.

2 Recycled Insulation Products For The Ultimate In Green Home Building

2 Recycled Insulation Products For The Ultimate In Green Home Building

28 October 2016
Construction & Contractors, Blog

With an increase in interest in sustainable building design, coupled with the rising costs of electricity, effective insulation has become a vital inclusion in house construction. If you, like so many other Australians, wish to create a home that stays warmer in winter and cooler in summer in a more energy passive manner, then you've no doubt given insulation some careful consideration when planning your house design.

If you're serious about creating a truly eco-friendly abode, then you may have some concerns about how environmentally friendly some of the standard materials used for insulation purposes are. Using petroleum based spray insulation or aluminium lined reflective sheets, both of which create toxic pollutants during the manufacturing process, may negate the eco-friendly credentials they'll add to your home. Fortunately, there are several sustainable insulation options that will provide the same effectiveness without the negative environmental impact, and here are two of them.

1. Earthwool insulation

Earthwool insulation is a product that uses recycled glass as its primary material. Using a recycled base material makes Earthwool a far more sustainable option than many other insulation types, which require raw, non-renewable materials to manufacture them.

Earthwool insulation comes in a variety of sizes, and can be used equally well to insulate your home's roof, walls, or floor. The use of glass, as well as the manufacturer's patented ECOSE technology, make this type of insulation impervious to insect infestation, moisture absorption, or microbial growth, all without the use of harmful chemical additives.

2. Spray-in glass wool

Like Earthwool, spray-in glass wool is made using recycled glass. It's light, almost cotton wool-like, appearance belies how effective it is as an insulation product. The combination of minute glass particles and the pockets of air between the particles, create a formidable barrier against heat and cold for your home.

Because it's a spray-in insulation, glass wool is ideal for use when constructing a home using hollow block work. The spray-in glass wool can reach and fill cavities that aren't suitable for using insulating batts or rolls in. This type of insulation is also perfect for filling in the small gaps around plumbing fittings and electricity conduits that more traditional products might neglect.

Effective insulation is essential to creating a sustainable and environmentally friendly home with low energy requirements. With these two insulation products, you'll also have the peace of mind that not only will your home be optimally insulated, the products themselves are intrinsically green and renewable because of the nature of their materials and the manufacturing process.

About Me
The Benefits of Using Contractors Around Your Home

When my husband and I bought our house, we didn't realise we would eventually have such as large family. First, we had a little girl, followed by two little boys. Then, somewhat unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant with twins! We love our current property, so we didn't want to move. We decided instead to extend our home to add additional bedrooms and a playroom. We worked closely with various different construction contractors while the job was being completed, and we are really happy with the result. Since then we have used the same contractors to complete many other jobs around our home. This blog is a guide to the benefits of using construction contractors.