Adequate home insulation saves the average New Zealand home owner hundreds of dollars a year in energy and medical bills.
Eco Insulation Ltd sales and marketing manager Hamish Holder says when considering insulation options, it pays to learn from nature. This, he says, was the rationale behind the company’s flagship woollen insulation product, Ecofleece.
“Sheep keep dry and comfortable in our cold, wet climate, and this insulation does the same for humans,” Mr Holder says. “We use wool to wrap ourselves. Why not wrap our homes in it too?
“Wool is an ideal natural insulation. It is non-toxic, sustainable, recyclable and a pleasure to install, which is why Eco Insulation is New Zealand’s fastest growing, most successful, 100% natural insulation manufacturer and installation network,” he says.
Eco Insulation’s head office in Albany is supported by a network of franchises, including an installation service.
According to Mr Holder, this became necessary to facilitate the “growing demand for quality and environmentally sound products”.
He says consumers are increasingly becoming aware of their environment and want to do something about it.
“Architects, builders and their clients are looking for alternative options to fibreglass and find that Ecofleece wool insulation is the sensible answer.”
Eco Insulation will also shortly release a new technical manual as well as a new web site that will both give details on the company, its products, its distribution and franchises, and information on insulation science and related products.
“A recent study by Otago University pointed out that occupants of insulated homes needed fewer hospital admissions and fewer days off work or school. Also, were we to improve the energy efficiency of New Zealand homes by only 1%, the nation would save $17 million and reduce national CO2 emissions by 0.1% a year.
“The more we become aware of the value of warm, dry, healthy and energy-efficient homes with a smaller environmental footprint, the more we’ll ‘warm’ to the benefits of sustainable insulation,” Mr Holder says.