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.

It Drives Our Business

Energy has become one of the defining issues of the 21st century. Greenhouse gas emissions from energy use are causing global warming and climate change. Global energy consumption, combined with the tightening of supplies of gas and oil, are leading to rising energy prices.

Knauf Insulation is in a strong position to have a positive impact on these global issues through both our product range and our approach. Our range of insulation offers the easiest and most cost effective method of saving energy in buildings.


Global Sustainability - A Major Challenge

Climate change

Visu _floodOur climate is changing. To slow the current rate of global warming, we need to dramatically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. In New Zealand, 40% of our energy use is consumed in buildings. This is more than the energy used by industry or transport. One of the easiest and most important ways we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions is through insulating our buildings.

16 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions could be prevented from reaching the atmosphere every year by buildings with better levels of insulation.

An efficient economy

visuNZMoneyEnvironmental goals are not the only thing that greater energy efficiency can achieve. Every year, New Zealander's burn thousands in heating and cooling their buildings.

New Zealander's waste thousands of dollars every year on energy inefficient buildings. As much as half of all of the energy used by buildings in New Zealand could be saved through simple measures like insulation.


Energy security

Visu _oilImproved energy efficiency will also help us reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. Oil and gas supplies are shrinking fast. It’s time we stopped wasting such precious resources on inefficient buildings.

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Employment

Visu _employWorking to improve levels of energy efficiency in buildings can create thousands of green collar jobs. Ambitious strategies to improve energy efficiency in local communities will result in the creation of local jobs, which will in turn support the local economy.


Buildings play a critical role

Visu _co2In New Zealand, 40% of our energy use is consumed in buildings. This is more than the energy used by industry or transport. By far the biggest users of energy are buildings, mainly our homes.

This means the largest contribution to saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions will come from driving energy efficiency in buildings. One of the easiest and most important ways we can save energy is through insulating our buildings.

The financial savings from insulation greatly exceed the investment costs - insulation in the average building pays for itself within two to four years.

Find out how insulation works, why it's the most cost-effective and sustainable energy saving product you can buy and learn about the different options to upgrade your home's energy rating.


Knauf Insulation's Sustainability Report

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Knauf Insulation published its first Group Sustainability Report in 2010 and highlights steps taken to improve the sustainability of our company. Take a look at why Insulation Matters in our current Sustainability Report.

Read Knauf Insulation's Sustainabilty Reports