The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) announced the results of a recent survey of its members’ use of pre- and post-consumer recycled materials in insulation products in 2012. The survey includes data from both U.S. and Canadian manufacturing facilities. According to the survey, U.S. manufacturers used almost 1.6 billion pounds of recycled glass in the production of residential, commercial, industrial, and air handling thermal and acoustical insulation. Manufacturers estimate they will use more than 1.7 billion pounds in 2013.
U.S. and Canadian facilities used more than 474 million pounds of recycled blast furnace slag in the production of thermal and acoustical insulation. Since the Industry’s recycling program began in 1992, NAIMA members’ plants have diverted over 43.8 billion pounds of recycled materials from the waste stream. “NAIMA members are committed to promoting sustainability by using recycled materials to produce energy-saving insulation products that improve a building’s energy efficiency and reduce environmental impact,” said Kate Offringa, president and CEO of NAIMA. “Fiber glass, rock wool and slag wool insulation are some of the best choices available for residential and commercial building.”
NAIMA Canada reports that its members used nearly 300 million pounds of recycled glass in 2012. “We are proud and excited that our members are committed to promoting sustainability by using recycled materials to produce energy-saving insulation products that improve a building’s energy efficiency and reducing its environmental footprint,” stated Jay Nordenstrom, Executive Director of NAIMA Canada.
The vast majority of the glass used by Canadian manufacturers comes from post-consumer products. Recycled plate and bottle glass is transformed into a product that saves energy and reduces pollution.