Material Collection

Insulation

Insulation has been one of the most focused-on material categories in the green building movement, but as we learn more about toxicity and hazards, how do we balance the demand for high-performance with potential human health impacts?  The products in this collection look to holistically address health and sustainability, balancing thermal performance with renewable and recycled resources, and avoiding commonly added toxic chemicals such as halogenated flame retardants.

Updated May 17, 2017

Insulation

8 products
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About Our Collections

The goal of our collections is to help promote transparency in the material ingredients of building products by fostering knowledge and awareness of products and materials for which life-cycle information is available, and that have environmentally, economically, and socially preferable life-cycle impacts.

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A Healthier Affordable Building Product

Products with the designation of "Healthier & Affordable" were specified and installed in at least one of our Case Studies of healthier affordable housing.

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New Product

This product has been added to the collection within the past six months.

Ingredient Disclosures

There are several ways of evaluating a material’s health that we include with product information. Disclosures are reports by manufacturers about product ingredients, impacts, or other attributes.

Key Disclosures include:
Health Product Declaration (HPD)

A voluntary technical specification for reporting information on product contents and associated health information, intended to be the health-analogue to Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).

Declare Label

Declare is a transparency platform and product database that answers three questions: 
  1. Where does a product come from?
  2. What is it made of?
  3. Where does it go at the end of its life?

Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)

A standardized format for communicating the environmental effects associated with a product’s raw materials extraction, energy use, chemical makeup, waste generation, and emissions to air, soil, and water.

Safety Data Sheet (SDS)

A reporting format that provides basic information about a material’s chemical ingredients, the potential safety hazards to installers, and recommended practices for installation.

Category Sub-category Manufacturer Product Ingredient Disclosures

EcoBatt

Knauf Insulation EcoBatt Insulation are thermal and acoustical products made from resilient, inorganic glass fibers bonded by a thermosetting resin.


Category
Insulation, Fiberglass
Manufacturer
Knauf Insulation
Product Website

Material composition *

Glass Fibers from recycled glass bottles 48%, Sand 13%, Borax 7%, Soda Ash 4%, Quicklime 3%, Manganese Dioxide <1%, Sugars 4%, Ammonia <1%, Ammonium Sulfate <1%, Silane <1%, Kraft/Asphalt Facing 19%

*As reported by manufacturer and product EPD

AVAILABLE SIZING

Available in a variety of sizes and thicknesses for wood and metal framing

COLORS

Taupe

COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE

U.S.

RAW MATERIALS ORIGIN

U.S.

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD)
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) icon-pdf Created with Sketch.
Safety Data Sheet (SDS) icon-pdf Created with Sketch.
GREENGUARD | Gold
Declare | Red List Free
Last Updated

September 21, 2016

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Jet Stream Ultra

A Healthier Affordable Building Product
Available At the Donghia Materials Library

Knauf Insulation Jet Stream® ULTRA Blowing Wool Insulation is an unbonded, virgin fibrous glass blowing insulation.


Category
Insulation, Blowing
Manufacturer
Knauf Insulation
Product Website

Material composition *

Post Consumer Cullet 62%, Sand 18%, Borax 10%, Soda Ash 5%, Quicklime 4%, Manganese Dioxide <1%, Anti-static Agent <1%, Lubricating Oil <1%, Polysiloxane <1%

*As reported by manufacturer and product EPD

AVAILABLE SIZING

32 lb Package

COLORS

White

COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE

U.S. , Canada

RAW MATERIALS ORIGIN

Argentina

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD)
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) icon-pdf Created with Sketch.
Safety Data Sheet (SDS) icon-pdf Created with Sketch.
Declare | Red List Free
GREENGUARD | Gold
Last Updated

September 21, 2016

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UltraTouch

UltraTouch™ Denim Insulation contains 80% post-consumer recycled natural fibers that provide sound absorption and thermal insulating properties.


Category
Insulation, Denim
Manufacturer
Bonded Logic
Product Website

Material composition *

Recycled Fiber 80%, Binder Fiber, Ammonium Sulfate, Boric Acid (undisclosed %)

*As reported by manufacturer and product SDS

AVAILABLE SIZING

Available in a variety of sizes and thicknesses for wood and metal framing

COLORS

Blue

COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE

U.S.

RAW MATERIALS ORIGIN

U.S.

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD)
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Safety Data Sheet (SDS) icon-pdf Created with Sketch.
Last Updated

September 21, 2016

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Polar Barrier Loose Fill

Polar Barrier is manufactured using 100% recycled paper. Primarily designed for use in walls and attics.


Category
Insulation, Blowing
Manufacturer
Insolution Manufacturing
Product Website

Material composition

Cellulose Insulation, exact material ingredients N/A

AVAILABLE SIZING

30.0 lbs package

COLORS

White

COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE

U.S.

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD)
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Safety Data Sheet (SDS) icon-pdf Created with Sketch.
Last Updated

September 21, 2016

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Cellulose Fiber Insulation

Made with up to 85% recycled materials from local sources and diverts hundreds of tons of paper from landfills. Free of formaldehyde, asbestos, glass fibers and mineral wool.


Category
Insulation, Cellulose
Manufacturer
US Greenfiber LLC
Product Website

Material composition *

Cellulose Fiber <85%, Boric Acid <10%, Ammonium Sulfate <11%, Distillate Mineral Oil <2%

*As reported by manufacturer and product SDS

AVAILABLE SIZING

19.05 lb Package

COLORS

Off-White

COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE

U.S.

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD)
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Safety Data Sheet (SDS) icon-pdf Created with Sketch.
Declare | Red List Free
Last Updated

September 21, 2016

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Safe’n Sound

A mineral wool batt insulation for interior partitions of wood and steel frame construction where superior fire resistance and acoustical performance is required. 


Category
Insulation, Mineral Fiber
Manufacturer
Roxul
Product Website

Material composition *

Mineral Fiber 94-99%, Cured Urea Extended Phenolic Formaldehyde Binder 1-6%

*As reported by manufacturer and product SDS

AVAILABLE SIZING

Available in a variety of sizes and thicknesses for wood and metal framing

COLORS

Taupe

COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE

Canada

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD)
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Safety Data Sheet (SDS) icon-pdf Created with Sketch.
GREENGUARD | Gold
Last Updated

September 21, 2016

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Thermacork Standard Insulation

Available At the Donghia Materials Library

Thermacork is a 100% natural, rigid-insulation material produced from natural cork.


Category
Insulation, Cork
Manufacturer
Amorim Isolamentos
Product Website

Material composition *

100% cork (suberin, lignin and cellulose). No chemical present.

*As reported by manufacturer

AVAILABLE SIZING

8"x 39” Panel - Available in a variety of thicknesses

COLORS

Burnt Cork

COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE

Portugal

RAW MATERIALS ORIGIN

Portugal

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD)
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Safety Data Sheet (SDS) icon-pdf Created with Sketch.
Declare | Red List Free
FSC Certification
Last Updated

September 21, 2016

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Seaweed Insulation

Available At the Donghia Materials Library

Seaweed insulation. An organic insulation solution. 
Can replace standard non-organic materials such as mineral wool.


Category
Insulation, Seaweed
Manufacturer
Advance Nonwoven
Product Website

Material composition

90% seaweed, 10% recycled fiber

AVAILABLE SIZING

Thickness 10-250 mm, width 1200 mm max, length is unlimited

COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE

Denmark

RAW MATERIALS ORIGIN

Denmark

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD)
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard
Last Updated

March 13, 2018

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Spec Guidance

Specify residential fiberglass batt insulation—it has been reformulated to be free of formaldehyde. Unfaced batts are most preferable.

For blown insulation, prefer cellulose or unbonded fiberglass.

Consider alternatives to rigid board insulation whenever possible. If board insulation is required, specify formaldehyde-free mineral wool boards; consider upgrading to cork.

Avoid spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation whenever possible. 

For sealing applications, prefer caulking or sealant tapes to spray foams.

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