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Sustainable Marketplace: Greener Products and Services

Identifying Greener Insulation

Introduction

Insulation can conserve energy, saving money in monthly heating and cooling bills. Insulation can also improve the health and comfort of building occupants. There are many types of insulation on the market and this webpage provides some resources to help you choose a safer and greener option.

Sustainability Considerations*

  • Greater thermal insulation values (R-value)
  • Reduction/elimination of toxics (e.g., formaldehyde, isocyanates, some flame retardants) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  • Recycled-content
  • Low embodied energy & greenhouse gas emissions
  • Sustainable material sourcing (e.g., agricultural impacts or other natural resource use)
  • End-of-life recycling or disposal options

*Depending upon the performance requirements (e.g., your local temperature ranges and variations; construction above or below grade), building occupants, project scope, and other considerations.

Additional Resources