CIMA Publishes Cellulose Insulation EPD
Cellulose Insulation Environmental Product Declaration Published
The Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers Association and the Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers Association of Canada, trade associations for producers of cellulose thermal/acoustical insulation in North America, and Sustainable Minds, a leading provider of products and services to facilitate environmental product transparency, have collaborated to publish an industry-wide environmental product declaration (EPD) for cellulose insulation made by 13 manufacturers in the United States and Canada.
Joining in this international effort to simplify the process of identifying and specifying insulation that meets the highest standards of environmentally-preferable and sustainable building materials are Advanced Fiber Technology, Bucyrus, OH; Applegate Insulation, Webberville, MI; Can-Cell Industries, Edmonton, AB; Service Partners Cell-Pak, Decatur, AL; CleanFiber LLC, Buffalo, NY; Climatizer Insulation, Etobicoke, ON; Fiberlite Technologies, Joplin, MO; Igloo Cellulose, Dorval, QC; International Cellulose Corporation, Houston, TX; Mason City Recycling, Mason City, IA; Nu-Wool Company, Jenison, MI; Soprema, Drummondville, QC; and Thermo-Kool of Alaska, Wasilla, AK.
An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is an independently verified and registered document that quantifies environmental information on the life cycle of a product to enable comparisons between products fulfilling the same function. Cellulose insulation, which is produced in energy-efficient electrically-driven mills from recovered newsprint, cardboard, and other paper fiber materials, has long been recognized as one of the most environmentally sound building materials available. The North American EPD provides independently verified data to aid buyers and specifiers in evaluating the environmental impacts of cellulose insulation.
“Due to its high recovered content, low embodied energy, and carbon sequestration capacity, environmentalists and sustainable building advocates have regarded cellulose as a preferred insulation,” said Daniel Lea, executive director of CIMA and CIMAC. “Now the North American EPD provides verified data for 10 different impact categories buyers and specifiers can use to assist in the selection of building thermal and acoustical insulation.
“This EPD, which is available from Sustainable Minds at no charge, will allow consumers and specifiers to make better informed decisions about the environmental impacts associated with the building products they choose. It will also help CIMA and CIMAC members identify areas in which the environmental performance of their products can be improved,” Lea said. Download a copy of the EPD.