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Sustainable Production

To develop its sustainable construction sector Europe needs to lay the foundations correctly. It starts with choosing the best building materials.

The unparalleled thermal performance of insulation makes the European mineral wool insulation industry a member of a most exclusive club: insulation producers are manufacturers whose overall carbon footprint is positive. Very positive. Mineral wool insulation is responsible for a hundredfold saving in primary energy use and carbon dioxide emissions. Insulation is a smart material which is providing low energy future for our buildings.

Stone and glass wool insulation products not only save 100 times more energy and greenhouse gas emissions than result from their manufacture, transportation and installation, they are extremely cost-effective as they act rapidly and are long lasting.

After less than half a year’s use, insulation’s energy and CO2 balances become positive. Mineral wool insulation’s thermal performance does not degrade over time, so it can last throughout the lifetime of the building, making insulation both ecologically sound and financially sustainable.

European producers of mineral wool insulation take their commitment to sustainable production very seriously. Whereas most manufacturing industries are striving to reduce their negative carbon footprint, Eurima members are innovating to further strengthen the impressive carbon credentials of their stone and glass wool insulation products.

Insulation producers are continually streamlining their production process in order to improve the environmental performance of their products, from cradle-to-grave. Increased recycling, robust policies regarding the disposal of waste and taking steps to make the production process more energy efficient are all part of the ongoing improvement efforts.

Stone and sand form the basic raw materials used in the production of mineral wool. Both are plentiful, locally-sourced and renewable natural resources. By recycling primary raw materials from other industries and by-products from the insulation production process, overall waste volumes are reduced and less natural resources are consumed.

Mineral wool insulation’s unbeatable combination of outstanding thermal performance, reliability and responsible production makes it an essential component of any forward-looking sustainable construction policy. Mineral wool insulation is a key enabler of a very low energy buildings.