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Insulating and saving: new Ceresana report on the world market for insulation materials
Choosing the right insulation material is a science in itself: it should insulate well, be robust and inexpensive, quick to install, but also environmentally friendly, fireproof, durable, and easy to dispose of.
Organic Products are Thriving
Insulation materials made from renewable resources are considered to be particularly sustainable and environmentally friendly. Bio-based insulating materials such as straw, reed, hemp, cork, wool, coconut fibers, or wood chips are climate-neutral, because they absorb carbon dioxide as they grow. They can be purchased regionally, which avoids long transportation routes, they are easy to process and dispose of, and they have perfect values in an ecological assessment. However, they are often even more expensive than products made from crude oil and have to be protected against moisture, pests, and fire. Building regulations and safety standards are also complicating their usage in many places. Eco-insulation materials still represent niche products, but demand is growing steadily.
Construction Industry Defies Corona Crisis
The construction industry has so far been less affected by the corona pandemic and the measures to contain it than other industries. There have been significant regional differences in the past few years, even before the current crisis, with regard to refurbishment and renovation, but also in new building construction: