Owens Corning Announces First Environmental Product Declarations for
Fiberglass Insulation in North America at 2012 Greenbuild® International
Conference and Expo
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 14, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Asserting its leadership in the
sustainable building industry, Owens Corning (NYSE:OC) today announced receipt
of UL-certified ISO compliant Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for
its Unfaced and Kraft-Faced EcoTouch^® PINK^® FIBERGLAS^™ Insulation with
PureFiber^® Technology and its Unbonded LooseFill Insulation. An EPD is an
internationally recognized, standardized tool that reports the environmental
impact of goods or services.
An industry first for fiberglass building insulation in North America, the
EPDs describe the environmental impact of the insulation products based upon
an established set of product category rules and independently verified life
cycle assessment (LCA) data from cradle-to-grave. Through the LCA process,
products are evaluated on several parameters including raw materials
production and transportation, product manufacturing and plant operations,
product packaging, transportation and distribution of the insulation products,
and end of life impact.
"The UL-certified EPDs for our EcoTouch^® Unfaced and Kraft-Faced Batts and
Unbonded LooseFill Insulation reflect our commitment to sustainability and our
pledge to be transparent about our products' environmental performance through
certification by credible third parties," said Gale Tedhams, director of
sustainability for Owens Corning. "The EPDs are a valuable tool, providing the
next-level of product information for architects, builders and specifiers to
help them meet certain criteria for green building and make sustainable
The Owens Corning EPDs confirm how insulation is a key contributor to a
building's overall energy-efficiency, helping to reduce the energy required to
maintain a comfortable living or work environment. Typically, a pound of
insulation saves 12 times as much energy in its first year in place as the
energy used to produce it. That means the energy consumed during manufacturing
is saved during the first four to five weeks of product use.
The Owens Corning EPDs confirm those energy efficiencies by calculating the
environmental impact of the different ingredients and life cycle stages of the
insulation products, including the energy consumed and greenhouse gas
emissions associated with each stage.
For example, the EPD for EcoTouch^® Unfaced Insulation confirms that the
energy saved for a properly insulated home in Chicago over a non-insulated
home results in a 25.4-day payback, and a home in Arizona has a 41.4-day
payback for the energy burden associated with not only the manufacturing of
the product, but also the harvest of raw materials, transport and disposal.
The insulation continues to save that amount of energy throughout the life of
the home or building in which it is installed.
In addition to energy impact and global warming potential, other information
reported in the EPD includes the effects on air quality through ozone
depletion or smog creation; water use and the impact on waterways via
eutrophication and acidification; and a description of the process and
materials in the manufacturing of fiberglass insulation.
"EPDs help architects, designers, specifiers, and other purchasers make more
informed purchasing decisions by providing them with the full extent of a
product's environmental impacts," said Paul Firth, EPD product manager at UL
Environment. "We applaud Owens Corning for demonstrating their commitment to
transparency and disclosure."
Owens Corning EPD Insulation Offerings
EcoTouch^® PINK^® FIBERGLAS^™ Insulation with PureFiber^® Technology is ideal
for a wide range of exterior wall, roofing and ceiling applications for both
residential and commercial installations. The product is made up of more than
99 percent natural ingredients^1 and has been certified under the USDA
BioPreferred^® label program. Owens Corning Unbonded LooseFill is utilized in
multiple applications, including walls, attics, cathedral ceilings and floors
in new construction and retrofit applications.
Both Owens Corning EcoTouch^® Insulation and Unbonded LooseFill are verified
formaldehyde-free^2, are third-party certified for recycled content^3, and are
GREENGUARD^® Children and Schools Certified(SM) ^ 4. Both products help
contribute to criteria for homes and buildings to achieve green building
certifications including U.S. Green Building Council LEED^®, NAHB Green
Building Standard and ENERGY STAR^® Qualified Homes.
To learn more about EcoTouch^® PINK^® FIBERGLAS^™ Insulation with PureFiber^®
Technology, Unbonded LooseFill Insulation and the entire selection of building
products from Owens Corning, visit booth #4247N during the 2012 Greenbuild^®
International Conference and Expo. For more information about Owens Corning's
For more information about Owens Corning's products and programs, go to
www.OwensCorning.com or call 1-800-GET-PINK^®.
About Owens Corning
Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) is a leading global producer of residential and
commercial building materials, glass-fiber reinforcements and engineered
materials for composite systems. A Fortune^® 500 company for 58 consecutive
years, Owens Corning is committed to driving sustainability by delivering
solutions, transforming markets and enhancing lives. Founded in 1938, Owens
Corning is a market-leading innovator of glass-fiber technology with sales of
$5.3 billion in 2011 and about 15,000 employees in 28 countries on five
continents. Additional information is available atwww.owenscorning.com.
^1 Unfaced insulation is made with a minimum of 99 percent by weight natural
materials consisting of minerals and plant-based compounds.
^2 Owens Corning EcoTouch^® PINK^® FIBERGLAS™ Insulation with PureFiber^®
Technology is verified to be formaldehyde-free by the GREENGUARD Environmental
^3 EcoTouch^® Insulation is certified by Scientific Certifications Systems to
have a minimum of 58 percent recycled glass content, with at least 36 percent
post-consumer recycled and the balance pre-consumer recycled glass content.
Product recycle content for Unbonded Loosefill for all North American
facilities as certified by SCS Scientific Certification Systems is 65 percent
minimum overall and 41 percent from post-consumer.
^4 ^ GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certified(SM): A product certification
program for low-emitting building materials, furniture, finishes, cleaning
products, electronics and consumer products used in environments where
children and other sensitive populations spend extended periods of time. All
GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certified products meet the stringent GREENGUARD
Children & Schools Certification requirements, including limits outlined in
California's Department of Public Health Services Standard Practice for
Specification Section 01350, and undergo both annual re-certification and
quarterly quality monitoring to ensure ongoing compliance.
SOURCE Owens Corning
Contact: DeAnna Starn, Owens Corning, +1-419-248-5667,
DeAnna.Starn@owenscorning.com; or Alison Hamer, LCWA, +1-312-565-4632,
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