The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) has announced the results of a survey of its members’ use of pre- and post-consumer recycled materials for insulation and acoustical products in 2017.
According to the survey, U.S. manufacturers used more than 997 million kg (2.2 billion lb) of recycled glass in the production of acoustical insulation for the residential, commercial, and industrial thermal sectors, while NAIMA Canada members together used 156 million kg (346 million lb) of recycled glass in the production of residential, commercial, industrial, and air handling thermal and acoustical insulation.
Both U.S. and Canadian facilities used more than 306 million kg (675 million lb) of recycled blast furnace slag in the production of thermal and acoustical insulation.
“Our industry is tremendously proud of the substantial use of recycled content in the production of energy saving insulation products,” said Curt Rich, president and CEO of NAIMA. “These products ultimately reduce building energy use and decrease our carbon footprint. Over the long term, the fiberglass and mineral wool insulation industry expects to continue using substantial amounts of recycled content in the production of insulation products.”
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