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M I N E R A L W O O L
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B U I L D I N G A S U S T A I N A B L E F U T U R E
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From the environmental
perspective
(Page 12 of this brochure):
mineral wool contributes to all global
priority areas
Resource Efficiency:
mineral wool is
derived from raw natural materials (sand,
dolomite, limestone and basalt) which
are found in abundance across the
globe
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. Mineral wool is also increasingly
made from recycled materials.
Energy Efficiency and Energy Savings:
once converted into mineral wool
insulation, these abundant resources
avoid significant wastage of other
valuable (non-renewable) resources
such as gas and oil used for heating
and cooling. In fact, more than 50%
of the energy used in buildings could
be reduced by insulation
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. Taking into
account that buildings are responsible
for 40% of EU’s final energy use, these
savings can be significant.
Reduction of CO
2
emissions:
similarly,
buildings are responsible for 36% of the
EU’s CO
2
emissions. Available solutions
such as mineral wool insulation could
reduce CO
2
emissions by 42%
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.
From the social
perspective
(Page 22 of this brochure):
mineral wool provides comfort, health,
safety and economic savings
A healthy indoor environment:
mineral
wool insulation helps maintain an even,
steady temperature in all rooms and
eliminates drafts and cold spots.
Reduced outdoor air pollution:
EU cities’
inhabitants will experience positive health
effects due to the significant reduction
in the ground-level mass concentration
of main air pollutants. This can be seen
when comparing scenarios in both
insulated and non-insulated buildings
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Less noise pollution:
by entrapping
air between its fibres, mineral wool
insulation minimises noise transmission
in the home, from both indoor and
outdoor sources.
Fire Safety:
mineral wool insulation acts
as a barrier to heat conduction. In fact,
the raw materials used in its manufacture
are inherently non-combustible.
Saving household expenses:
by directly
reducing energy consumption for heating
and cooling, mineral wool insulation
reduces the risk of fuel poverty by
significantly lowering the energy bill of the
insulated building’s inhabitants. Between
50 and 125million people in Europe are
currently estimated to be fuel poor
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From the economic
perspective
(Page 24 of this brochure):
mineral wool insulation contributes to
the economic development of our society
fromboth amacro andmicroeconomic
perspective
On the macro-economic side:
insulating
buildings with readily available and
practical solutions such as mineral
wool contributes to lowering EU energy
imports. Currently, the EU imports over
60% of its gas and over 80% of its oil
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.
In addition, building renovation has
proven to be a wealth-creation activity.
In fact, according to the International
Labour Organisation (ILO), Germany’s
building renovation programme has
already mobilised some
100 billion in
investments, yielding around 300,000
direct jobs per year
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.
On the micro-economic side:
mineral
wool provides durable benefits for
homeowners and occupiers. The
European Commission estimates that
energy efficiency in buildings could save
600 per household by 2020
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To summarise, mineral wool insulation transforms buildings from
energy and resource wasters into climate and economy savers,
contributing to our well-being as home owners or occupiers
and making overall social and environmental development fully
compatible with economic growth.