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The increasingly important role buildings play in the overall
socio-economic evolution of our society cannot be ignored:
while
personal comfort and well-being were originally the
sole drivers
for their development,
concerns over energy
costs, air pollution and quality, climate change
and
scarcity
of resources
have given the economic and environmental
dimensions of buildings an equal importance.
In 1973, the first European oil crisis brought energy dependence
and energy costs linked to heating and cooling houses to the
fore,
resulting in an accelerated use of thermal insulation
in buildings
, starting with pitched roof insulation, and the
development of always tighter thermal regulations.
Throughout decades
of increasing environmental, societal and
economic concerns, mineral wool insulation has always been
an essential part of the buildings solution - whether the issue
was confort, fuel poverty reduction, air quality, climate change
mitigation, job creation or resource efficiency. Indeed,
mineral
wool insulation has always been closely related to all three
pillars of sustainable development.
1950s:
Comfort
1970s:
Energy prices/supply
1990s:
Air Quality
2000s:
Climate Change
2008:
Economic crisis
2010s:
Resource Effciency
Buildings’ multi-facetted impact on sustainability... which means increased demand for mineral wool