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Mineral wool is fantastic. It requires no maintenance or replacement once
incorporated into the fabric of a building. It does not need additional energy,
material or water to keep it in good working order (reference EN 15804). In
addition, mineral wool products (under CE marking) assume a working life
that equals or exceeds the buildings lifetime.
Use stage
In fact, once installed, mineral wool delivers the lion’s share of
its contribution to sustainability.
The reduced energy demand
and
CO
2
emissions of buildings
during the
use phase
by
far
outweighs
the
environmental impact
of
manufacturing
mineral
wool insulation.
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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1 7
Environmental benefit through energy savings during 50 years use
Environmental impact
Ozone Depletion
Potential
Acidifcation
Potential
Primary Energy
non-renewable
Photochemical Ozone
Creation Potential
Global Warming
Potential
Eutrophication
Potential
Ratios for energy related environmental impact indicators
597
1
1
1
1
1
1
223
580
179
241
78
The following graph, based on the EURIMA mineral wool LCA
calculations, compares the environmental impacts and savings
during the life-cycle of mineral wool products in a standard
building (located in Strasbourg, France). As it can be clearly seen,
the negative impact on various parameters during production
and construction is overwhelmingly compensated by the savings
provided during the use phase (especially on Global Warming
Potential, Primary Energy Use, and Ozone Depletion Potential). For
this case study, the heating systemwas based on an assumption
of 50% gas and 50% electricity, and calculations were based on a
renovation scenario, going from “no insulation” to R-values 5 and
3 respectively in roof and wall.
Over the 50-year lifetime of a home,
mineral wool insulation can
save more
than 200 times
the CO
2
emissions that
are generated during its manufacture,
transportation, installation and disposal.