Our commitment to sustainability starts with energy-saving and durable products. Included below are a few of our many products that increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Fiberglass insulation, first commercialized by Owens Corning in the 1930s, is the most widely used type of insulation in the U.S., Canada and Mexico today. A typical 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 4-5 weeks of product use. The insulation continues to save that amount of energy every month throughout the life of the home or building in which it is installed.
In 2011, we converted all of our Residential Insulation products to EcoTouch® Insulation with PureFiber® Technology; a revolutionary new product platform that uses 99% natural materials*. EcoTouch® insulation includes a minimum of 58 percent recycled glass content and meets certification standards for indoor air quality. And EcoTouch® insulation continues to deliver the energy-saving and acoustical performance, as well as the installation ease our customers expect from Owens Corning.
Our FOAMULAR® Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) Insulation, a rigid board, is used on exterior and interior walls and is reusable, with a proven history of removal, salvage and reuse. It’s the only extruded polystyrene insulation that is certified for its recycled content of at least 20 percent, and also certified by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute’s GREENGUARD Children and SchoolsSM Certification.
Owens Corning FOAMULAR® and EcoTouch® Insulation are also approved under the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Center Green Approved Products seal of approval.
Other insulation products include glass fiber insulation for air-handling systems and molded fiberglass insulation for both hot and cold pipe systems.
Our Duration® Premium Cool shingles use a highly reflective granule technology that bounces back the sun's rays, helping keep roofs cooler and reduce air conditioning energy levels. They meet ENERGY STAR® requirements for solar reflectance of .25, the fraction of solar energy reflected by the roof.
Fiberglass-reinforced composites can be light, insulating and corrosion-, impact- and heat-resistant, and are used to replace steel, aluminum, wood and other materials. Fiberglass as a reinforcement provides for lighter weight with comparable or better strength than materials such as steel. Lighter weight means more fuel efficiency in all forms of transportation.
Glass fiber composites also have been shown to have less impact on the environment through comparison of the life cycle assessment of specific parts made from steel and aluminum. Life cycle assessment takes into consideration the raw materials extraction, manufacturing, installation, maintenance and end of life of composite parts vs. other materials.
With increasingly higher strength technology, composites have also provided more efficiency and greater economy for wind energy turbines using longer, lighter and more productive blades at lower windspeeds.
* Made with a minimum of 99 percent by weight natural materials consisting of minerals and plant-based compounds.