Annual Review 2019

Celebrating ECOSE TECHNOLOGY
October 23, 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.

Ecose technology 10 years

WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY MAKES A DIFFERENCE

“We will definitely continue to use products with ECOSE Technology. The Mineral Wool and binder without the addition of formaldehyde is quick and easy to install and  has a pleasant smell. Dust and fluff levels are also very low.”
JP Isolatie, Netherlands

“I will recommend the pipe section with ECOSE Technology to my colleagues and definitely continue to use it in my company.”
Dietmar Orlowsky, Bonn, Germany

“Knauf pipe with natural binder is super!”
Thomas Schrecker, Berlin, Germany

“The natural colour of Mineral Wool with ECOSE makes it easy to recognise. It is a smooth material that is comfortable to handle and cut and it recovers very well after the packaging is opened.”
Andy Eccles, Powertherm, UK

 

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