Annual Review 2019
DECADE OF SUCCESS
In 2019 we celebrated the 10th birthday of our ECOSE Technology®, a revolutionary binder with no added formaldehyde. When it was launched ECOSE was a step change for the Mineral Wool industry and its award-winning benefits continue to impress. Here are 10 reasons why.
1. COMPOSED OF UP TO 80% RECYCLED GLASS
Our Glass Mineral Wool with ECOSE Technology is composed of up to 80% recycled glass with the remaining content mainly derived from rapidly renewable materials.
2. NO ADDED FORMALDEHYDE
Our Mineral Wool with ECOSE Technology contains no added formaldehyde, artificial dyes or acrylics. The result is a naturally appealing appearance.
3. ENSURING GOOD INDOOR AIR QUALITY
Our Mineral Wool with ECOSE Technology was awarded Eurofins first Indoor Air Comfort Gold certificate for indoor air quality and is certified as a ‘best-in-class material’ according to Volatile Organic Compounds Indoor Air Quality emissions certification standards and criteria. Eurofins Indoor Air Quality criteria demonstrate compliance with many voluntary indoor air quality certification schemes such as Blue Angel in Germany and M1 in Finland. The Eurofins standard is also recognised by most of the Green Building Rating Schemes including BREEAM, LEED, WELL and DGNB.
4. LOW EMBODIED ENERGY
During a 50-year lifecycle, Mineral Wool with ECOSE Technology will typically save more than 500 times the energy that was used to manufacture it.
5. GREEN BUILDING RATING SCHEMES
Our Mineral Wool with ECOSE Technology can contribute to the total rating in Green Building Rating Schemes — such as BREEAM, LEED, HQE, WELL, LBC and DGNB — by adding points, for example, through the level of recycled glass being up to 80%, having no added formaldehyde, being REACH compliant as well as having externally verified Environmental Product Declarations for the majority of our products.
6. EXTENSIVE EPD COVERAGE
More than 80% of our Glass Mineral Wool with ECOSE Technology is covered with externally verified Environmental Product Declarations and for those that are not, we can deliver an EPD within 20 days.
7. USER FRIENDLY
From colleagues who manufacture our ECOSE solutions to those who install them, we have been told they have a more pleasant smell and are easier to cut than our traditional Mineral Wool products. In addition, our ECOSE solutions are compacted for easy storage, comfortable to handle and provide a rigid, flexible, tight and accurate fit.
8. PROVEN PERFORMANCE
Our Mineral Wool solutions with ECOSE Technology offer proven performance. They deliver top-level acoustics and noise control (Class A) and offer the highest fire safety rating — A1 non-combustible for most products. In addition, our ECOSE solutions provide highly effective thermal performance.
9. ROCK MINERAL WOOL WITH ECOSE
Our customers have welcomed the launch of our Rock Mineral Wool solutions with ECOSE Technology for heating, ventilation, air conditioning as well as for the thermal and acoustic comfort of buildings. In addition to performance, our solutions continue to provide the same levels of insulation and reaction to fire as the previous range. All our industrial and shipbuilding solutions are already available with ECOSE from our Novi Marof plant in Croatia, while at our new Rock Mineral Wool site in Illange, France, the latest technology has been installed.
10. A DECADE OF AWARDS
When Mineral Wool with ECOSE Technology was launched in 2009 it was voted Global Insulation Product of the Year. Since then it has picked up major awards on a regular basis. In 2019, awards included LeFonti Award for Excellence in Innovation and Communication and Trend of the Year in Italy.