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When building your green home, one of the decisions you will have to make is what kind of insulation you will need to use in your home. Green insulation is a healthy way to save energy as well as the environment. Here are a few suggestions that can help you in your decision making process:
- Spray-in foam: first manufactured in the sixties as an alternative to fiberglass insulation, this type of insulation has made leaps and bounds in its manufacturing. There are more no-chemical spray-in foams being made to meet the green building demand. Most of them are soy-based, and this makes the CFC and VOC free.
- Sheep’s wool insulation: This is a natural idea for insulation. You use it to keep your body warm, why not your home? This is a healthy choice to use in your home both on you and the environment. There are not synthetics or chemicals which is a huge perk. Wool is designed to naturally trap air, and warm it and cool it as needed. As an added bonus, during installation, wool is safe to touch and breathe around.
- Recycled Newspaper: this insulation choice can be blown into tight spaces, layered into walls during construction, and applied to pre-existing drywall panels.
- Cotton Fiver Insulation: another recyclable product is made from cotton scraps that are VOC free.
- Mineral Wool Insulation: this insulation is part volcanic rock, slag, and wool. This insulation choice is CFC and HCFC free. There are no volatile components, making it easy to handle, install, and maintain.
- Greensulate insulation: this is new to the list of green insulation. It is made from mushrooms and agricultural waste. This fungi-foam does not melt, unlike synthetic insulation, and has no VOCs or chemical flame retardants. The insulation can actually be composted after use as well.
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