Industry has diverted more than 43.8 billion pounds of material since 1992.
The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) has released the results of a 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 close to 1.6 billion pounds of recycled glass to produce residential, commercial, industrial and air handling thermal and acoustical insulation. Manufacturers estimate they will use more than 1.7 billion pounds in 2013. Canadian NAIMA members used nearly 300 million pounds of recycled glass in 2012.
The survey also finds that U.S. and Canadian insulation facilities used more than 474 million pounds of recycled blast furnace slag to produce thermal and acoustical insulation. Since the Industry's recycling program began in 1992, NAIMA says its members have diverted more than 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," says 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."
More information about the environmental benefits of fiberglass, rock wool and slag wool is available at www.naima.org or www.insulationinstitute.org.
NAIMA is the association for North American manufacturers of fiberglass, rock wool, and slag wool insulation products. Its role is to promote energy efficiency and environmental preservation through the use of fiberglass, rock wool, and slag wool insulation, and to encourage the safe production and use of these materials.