AECB News : Recovery Insulation to contribute to Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games

Low carbon recyled cotton/denim insulation to be used at the International Broadcast Center and other venues.

Sheffield/South Yorkshire UK based social enterprise/company and AECB member, Recovery Insulation Ltd. is proud to announce that their low carbon recycled cotton/denim insulation – Innotherm®/Metisse® has been selected for the Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games 2018 to be used at International Broadcast Center and various broadcast venues at the Games.

Recovery Insulation are a trading arm of the Schools & Homes Energy Education Project Ltd/Solar-Active charity. As a social enterprise, they stand apart from other insulation companies in donating a proportion of sales income to Solar-Active to conduct renewable energy and energy efficiency activities in educational establishments and general public.
Inno-therm®/Metisse® has also been installed in the REACH Homes affordable eco-homes for Sheffield project –The insulation was also used at Rio Olympics 2016 and Winter XXII Games in Sochi 2014. As part of the company’s Green Initiative to avoid creating unnecessary landfill they chose to reuse and ship to Sochi the insulation used in their International Broadcast Center from the London Games, 2012. Read case study here.

The eko acoustic batts have been successfully installed on several home theatre builds. It was picked over glass wool as it is non-itch, easy to handle and of excellent performance. These builds have all been for families with children so safety was paramount as well as it has excellent performance in low, mid and higher frequencies with a high sound absorption (= 0.95) and acoustic fading of 42 dB with a density of 45 kg/m3.

The thermal/acoustic insulation is manufactured from 80% recycled denim/cotton [85% is denim – 3 jean’s/m² for 100mm thickness] with no melamine or phenolic resins. The recycled cotton/denim is collected, sorted in France by EBS Le Relais Metisse, which has been working for the past 30 years with a social and solidarity focus. All profits are reinvested in the creation of sustainable jobs for excluded people.

Inno-Therm®/ Metisseâ has been installed in a number of UK low carbon building projects since 2005. To quote from the architect from the new Anns Grove School, Sheffield: “With Inno-therm having slightly better thermal properties we were able to reduce the timber stud sizes, which in turn offset some of the cost while still achieving very good U – values.”

Research in 2015/17 by MSc dissertation students at the University of Sheffield Management School found that the use of recycled cotton using circular economy principles in the supply chain had a lower impact to the linear supply chain production systems used using volcanic rocks as the source material.

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