09 Jan '12, 3pm

What is the greenest home insulation? @LloydAlter examines the case for mineral wool #green #construction

What is the greenest home insulation? @LloydAlter examines the case for mineral wool #green #construction

One of the toughest decisions in green building is the choice of insulation; every one has its own set of virtues and problems. Last summer I wrote What's The Greenest Insulation? It's Getting Harder To Decide Every Day to try and address this confusion. I didn't even mention rock wool, and have pretty much always sort of lumped it together with fiberglass. Not so; architect Greg Lavardera claims that it is very different, and if " you think that Mineral Wool batts are similar enough to Fiberglass batts that you already know what you need to know about it, then you are a fool." So, fool that I am, I continued reading his rant, What you don't know about Mineral Wool will make you look stupid. Greg first makes the case that batt insulation has merits that we overlook. Lets make this absolutely clear: There is Nothing wrong with insulation in the form of batts. Batts are a co...

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