Insulation industry consumes recycled materials for manufacturing

The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) announced a recent survey result of its members’ using pre- and post-consumer recycled materials in insulation and acoustical products in 2013.

According to the survey, U.S. manufacturers have used 1.7 billion pounds of recycled glass for producing residential, commercial, and industrial thermal and acoustical insulation.

In 2014, another 1.7 billion pounds are estimated to be used by manufacturers.

In Canada, NAIMA members used nearly 300 million pounds of recycled glass for the production of residential, commercial, industrial, and air handling thermal and acoustical insulation.


Facilities in US and Canada used 588 million pounds of recycled blast furnace slag for generating thermal and acoustical insulation.

NAIMA members have prevented roughly 46.3 billion pounds of recycled materials reaching landfill since this program began in 1992.

NAIMA members are committed to promoting sustainability by using recycled materials to produce energy-saving insulation products that improve a building’s energy efficiency and reduce environmental impact, said, Curt Rich, president, CEO, NAIMA.

Fiber glass, rock wool and slag wool insulation are some recycled options available for insulating residential and commercial buildings.

The recycled segment forms only a part of a product’s environmental impact and the survey results show the impact that an industry can affect through the hard -worked use of materials.

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