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Insulation and the Environment

Today, people worldwide realise the huge impact that modern life is having on the environment.  To this end, Solartex has carefully handpicked its insulation range, aiming to provide products that are safe to handle, safe to live with and safe for the environment.
However, there is more to insulation than safety and with recent world pressures on product efficiency, projects are now required to achieve high thermal performance  without sacrificing the environment.
Life cycle analysis (LCA) is a technique for assessing the potential and real environmental damage during all stages of a product's life -- from 'cradle' to 'grave'.

The stages of LCA are: 

  • material extraction and processing

  • manufacturing

  • distribution and packaging

  • product use

  • end of product life

Solartex strives to supply products that make a minimum impact on the environment throughout the various stages of their life cycle.
Ozone depleting substances (ODS) are those substances which deplete the ozone layer and are widely used in refrigerators, air-conditioners, fire extinguishers, in dry cleaning, as solvents for cleaning, electronic equipment and as agricultural fumigants.

Ozone depleting substances include:

  • Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)
  • Halon
  • Carbon tetrachloride, Methyl chloroform
  • Hydrobromofluorocarbons (HBFCs)
  • Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs)
  • Methyl bromide
  • Bromochloromethane (BCM)
 Below is an excerpt from Autex's Environmental Policy, outlining the extent to which recycling is used to produce the Autex polyester insulation batts:

"It is largely accepted that insulating buildings is one of the most cost effective ways of combating greenhouse gas emissions. The energy saved via insulation outweighs the energy used in the production of the insulation by hundreds of times over the lifetime of a typical building.

To this end Autex could be classified as better than carbon neutral. But Autex goes much further than this: we ensure that Ecological Sustainable Design applies to both our product and its use.

Unlike many other forms of insulation which may be classified as hazardous waste, Autex polyester insulation's make-up, production and its performance, have been engineered to ensure the best possible environmental outcome.

Autex polyester insulation is manufactured using up to 85% recycled content and our manufacturing plants have a zero waste policy. All offcuts and waste are immediately recycled back into the process or recycled into anything from plastic pallets to fence posts, which may also be recycled in the future.

We ensure every possible excess item used in our production plants is recycled, including packaging, straps and any other forms of material.

Autex polyester insulation is fully recyclable, unlike many other types of insulation which must be treated as hazardous waste. Autex insulation does not need to add to landfill.

The embodied energy of our insulation is one of the lowest available due to the high level of recycled material used and the low energy production process. Being fully recyclable allows for a continued reduction in our products embodied energy..."



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