Cellulose Insulation Videos

Learn more about the SmartShredz insulation blowing machine and cellulose insulation in our how-to videos. What is Cellulose Insulation? Here’s the transcript from the video below.

Each year a half million tons of paper are recycled into cellulose insulation. This paper is collected from municipal recycling programs, organizations using paper drives as fundraisers, as well as printers, newspaper distributors, and other sources. What some people might consider trash is put to good use insulating buildings to save on winter heating and summer cooling bills. The goal at the Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers Association is to save energy in homes and businesses by diverting paper from waste disposal and reducing the amount of trash going to landfills.

Speaking of landfills, paper products are the single biggest component of the municipal solid waste - making up over 38 percent of the material deposited in landfills in the United States. Every ton of recycled paper saves more than three cubic yards of landfill space, conserves the equivalent of seventeen trees worth of lumber, saves 7,000 gallons of water, cuts water and air pollution by 95 percent, and saves 11 barrels or 462 gallons of oil. And all of those savings are before installing cellulose insulation into your home or business.

While every type of building insulation saves energy, cellulose insulation has so many advantages over other thermal materials. Cellulose has a much smaller impact on the environment. Statistics will show that cellulose insulation is the most environmentally friendly insulation product on the market today. It is the greenest of the green, and here's why. The production of cellulose insulation uses far less energy than either fiberglass or foam insulating products. This is often called embodied energy, which is factored as the sum of the total energy required to transport raw materials to manufacture the product and deliver it to the work site. Canadian Building Magazine estimates that fiberglass uses at least ten times more embodied energy than cellulose, and foam insulation uses 64 times as much energy as recycled paper.

Unlike cellulose insulation, foam insulation products are made from petroleum, which is a non-renewable resource. Cellulose insulation is already recognized as a green building material because it earns architects and builders points under the US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program, as well as the National Association of Homebuilders’ green building program.

The high r-value and density of the cellulose insulation provides excellent thermal barriers, soundproofing, as well as fire retardation; particularly in climates with either hot summers or cold winters. Cellulose insulation performs better than fiberglass when the difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures increases. Protect your home and business from high energy bills and do your part to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Cellulose insulation is the performance choice, the environmental choice, and the right choice.

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