Green Insulation: A Healthy Investment for the Body and the Wallet

Contractors know the importance of insulation. Regardless of whether they are building a house to sell, custom building or renovating an existing structure the choice of insulation is not to be taken lightly. As the public becomes increasing enamored with green living, choosing formaldehyde-free or recycled insulation takes on greater importance. Those wishing to have a house build must be aware that even if they are not concerned with the type of insulation future owners of the house might be. Unless they are certain that they will never wish to sell, taking the time to search for green insulation is worth the effort.

Formaldehyde Danger

In 2010, the U.S. passed a bill limiting the amount of formaldehyde in particleboard, plywood and medium density fiberboard due to concerns about its affect on the human body. A year later, the U.S. National Toxicology Program referred to formaldehyde as a known human carcinogen. As homes become more air tight to decrease the cost of heating and cooling, any formaldehyde released inside the home is more likely to remained trapped and accumulate.

One can never be certain but what formaldehyde may be banned from use in insulation in the future. Just as many homeowners find it difficult to sell a home with asbestos insulation, in time it may be just as difficult to sell a home with formaldehyde infused insulation.

Formaldehyde Free Fiber Glass Insulation

JM Formaldehyde-free™ fiberglass insulation is possible due to a groundbreaking acrylic binder that replaces formaldehyde-containing binders that are responsible for formaldehyde emissions. Formaldehyde free insulation is available for wall insulation, ceiling insulation and as a roof blanket to insulate the underside of a metal roof.

Choosing to go green with formaldehyde free fiber glass insulation means paying less to heat and cool a home as well as, in the case of a JM insulation blanket, reducing noise associated with rain and hail on a metal roof. It also means that as far as insulation Sydney residents do not have to worry about changes to laws regarding formaldehyde. Moreover, fiberglass insulation lasts the lifetime of the house and will never need to be replaced so long as it is formaldehyde free.

As the restrictions on carcinogens increase throughout the world, using the greenest products available makes sense in order to protect one’s investment as well as to protect one’s health.