The startling gulf between the ‘cradle to grave’ environmental impact of different types of insulation material has sparked a call for the UK building industry to set up a comparison style database of the Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) of all construction products.
It follows the publication of an eye opening in depth report carried out by LCA consultant Ecoeff on behalf of innovative insulation manufacturer ACTIS for one of its product, the Triso-Super 10+ reflective multifoil.
Triso-Super 10+ has been compared with 12 other insulation materials, including glass wool and PU.
The results detailed below can be explained by the fact that Triso-Super 10+ achieves an excellent thermal performance with a minimum thickness, which means it uses little material. Transportation is reduced as a full truck of Triso-Super 10+ contains 4800m2 when a bulk insulation requires more trucks. All the product’s components are produced and assembled in house, which also minimises manufacturing transport miles.
ACTIS UK Sales Director Matthew King explained “Because this report considers the entire life cycle of insulation products – cradle to grave and not just cradle to gate - it really underlines the gulf between the various insulation products on the market,” he explained.