How We Make It Greener

Manufacturing

Develop bio-based formaldehyde-free binder 

In 2008, Knauf Insulation launched perhaps the nation’s largest formaldehyde-free green chemistry initiative called ECOSE Technology. Offering this into the building materials marketplace quickly transformed the entire glass mineral fiber industry toward bio-based chemistries. Today phenol-formaldehyde (PF) based resins are largely a thing of the past with regard to large volume mineral fiber based insulation products. Knauf has also launched a new business venture to assist other industries in accessing ECOSE Technology for their processes. In a given year, using corn-based ECOSE Technology instead of phenol & formaldehyde avoids the equivalent of more than 100,000 barrels of oil in North America alone. 

Lead green chemistry efforts

Following the launch of our ECOSE Technology in 2009, we had transformed all of our products and processes to this new technology. Using our bio-based ECOSE Technology has removed phenol and formaldehyde from our stack emissions. By 2012, the entire light density industry had followed our lead. This initiative not only established Knauf Insulation in a leadership position, but it had a transformative impact on our industry in general.

Green Manufacturing Processes 

Regenerative thermal oxidizers Knauf Insulation uses regenerative thermal oxidizers (RTO) to capture and recycle much of the energy we used to cure our products. RTO is equipment used for the treatment of exhaust air. Our ovens exhaust into a ceramic heat exchange media to capture and reuse the heat in the exhausted air. Therefore, the amount of energy required to cure our product is reduced substantially. 

Recycling As you can see below, everything we do starts with recycling. Our plant uses as much as 80% recycled content. While our only option is to landfill our products at end of life, that doesn’t stop us from encouraging consumers to recycle other products, particularly glass bottles. 

Continuous Improvement 

Continuous improvement is key to our sustainable development. Globally, our company maintains the following Bureau Veritas certifications: ISO 9000, 14000, and 50001. These certifications relate to quality management systems, energy management and environmental management efforts. For more information on our current continuous improvement efforts, please review the Knauf Insulation global sustainability report. 

Advocacy

Promote Recycling 

Knauf is a recycling advocate. We take every opportunity to advocate for recycling and financially support the Glass Recycling Coalition (GRC). We feel that a comprehensive understanding of the benefits of recycling will lead to greater recycling adoption and more promotion by state and local governments. While our only option is to landfill our products at end of life, that doesn’t stop us from encouraging consumers to recycle other products, particularly glass bottles. 

3rd party validation

UL Environment GREENGUARD Certification Program

Manson products are certified to UL Environment GREENGUARD standards for low chemical emissions into indoor air during product usage. 

UL Environment GREENGUARD Gold Certification Program 

The following Manson Insulation products achieved UL Environment GREENGUARD Gold Certification: all air handling and pipe insulation products. 

UL Environment Validated Formaldehyde Free 

The following Manson products have achieved UL Environment validation that the products are formaldehyde free: all air handling and pipe insulation products. 

LEED Eligible Product 

Use of this product may help building projects meet green building standards as set by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. 

LEED v2009 

MR Credit 4.1 - 4.2 Recycled Content 

MR Credit 5.1 - 5.2 Regional Materials 

LEED v4 

Manson products (made by Knauf Insulation) offer several products for both HVAC and mechanical systems that contribute to the MR credit requirements. Please contact transparency@knaufinsulation.com for more information.