Knauf Insulation's Commitment to Sustainability

Insulation and its Impact

In residential and commercial buildings, energy efficiency through insulation is the simplest and most cost effective way to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.1

By reducing energy consumption, it is estimated that insulation cuts pollution from the utility infrastructure, slashing carbon dioxide emission by 780 million tons globally every year. This is the equivalent to the annual electricity use of over 90 million homes. Knauf Insulation’s goal is to provide products and services that conserve energy and preserve natural resources for a sustainable future.

In the average life of a building insulation saves over 1500 times the energy used in its manufacture.

1 “A Cost Curve for Green House Gas Reduction,” The McKinsey Quarterly 2007, Number 1.

Our Sustainability Commitment

To supply sustainable high performance insulation products for enhanced energy efficiency in buildings, we continually strive for improvements in both manufacturing operations and product design.

The result is a track record for products with leading quality and sustainability benefits. All Knauf Insulation production locations have state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment supported by an ongoing research and development program. Some of our recent achievements include:

  • Use of recycled glass bottles (up to 80%) in our glasswool insulation;
  • Reclaimation and reuse vented heat at our factories;
  • Development of the most advanced compression packaging technology in the world to reduce the transport emissions of our distribution operations, and for our customers;
  • Development of revolutionary ECOSE® Technology to replace oil based chemicals (e.g. phenol and formaldehyde) used in traditional insulation, leading to a 70% reduction in binder embodied energy.

As a family-owned company, we’re proud of the Knauf reputation. Customers worldwide have put their trust in the quality, consistency and performance or our products and service.