Identifying Greener Insulation
Insulation conserves energy and adding insulation above the minimum requirements set by codes for the health and comfort of the occupants can help reduce emissions and save you money in monthly heating and cooling bills. There are many types of insulation on the market and this webpage provides some resources to help you buy a safer and greener option.
Environmental Attributes to Consider*
- Greater thermal insulation values (R-value)
- Reduction/elimination of toxics (formaldehyde, isocyanates, flame-retardants) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
- Embodied energy & greenhouse gas emissions
*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.
How to Buy
- See construction standards and ecolabels recommended by EPA.
- Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines for suggested recycled content in building insulation materials.
- Green Procurement Compilation - Insulation. The Green Procurement Compilation (GPC) is a comprehensive green purchasing resource designed for federal contracting personnel and program managers. It helps you identify applicable green purchasing requirements.
- Institutional and Federal purchasers can use this model specification language for insulation (Section 07 20 00 Thermal Protection), which provides federal agencies' requirements and other practices to consider when specifying insulation. Exit
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