When the average homeowner decides to reduce their impact on the environment, chances are theyíre not racing to look at their homeís insulation first. Normally you donít see it. You canít drive it. You donít drop it in the recycling box.
Yet, few choices offer as much potential to help you reduce your environmental footprint. The right insulation can:
Reduce energy use and costs by as much as 50%
Reduce your home’s production of greenhouse gases like Carbon Dioxide or HFCs by thousands of tons a year
Make your home last longer so materials donít wind up in landfill
Use fewer materials in production and installation
The U.S. Green Building Council says a green home should use less energy and natural resources, create less waste and be healthier for the people inside. Insulation advertised as green or containing renewable or recycled materials isnít really green if it doesnít:
Maintain an air barrier over time to minimize air leakage and maximize energy efficiency
Contribute to a healthier home by managing moisture, limiting potential for mold growth and improving indoor air quality
Minimize the use of gases and VOCs that contribute to climate change or ozone depletion
Learn what kind of insulation lives up to green expectations:
At a recent National Green Building Conference, Icynene was named a winner of a "Best of Show" award as an environmentally friendly product that promotes green building and design, while helping homeowners and building owners consume less energy! Get a greener insulation option here.