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One of the most sustainable isolation materials: a LCA

The challenge

Isofloc, a Swiss producer of injectable isolation material made from renewable resources, faces the challenge of supplying the Dutch market with their isolation product Isofloc LM. This biobased product, made from cellulose fibers derived from old newspapers, provides excellent heat regulation for a comfortable indoor climate. In winter, the material retains heat, while in summer, it keeps out heat.

As part of the bio-based scaling project of het Woningbouwaterlier in the Natural Pavilion, Isofloc has been given the opportunity to create an environmental profile for the Dutch market.

The approach

Hedgehog Company conducted a life cycle assessment (LCA) to assess the environmental impact. This analysis covers the entire ecological footprint of the product, from raw material to end use. The goal was to include the product in the National Environmental Database (NMD), enabling builders, architects, and engineers to design demonstrably sustainable projects.

The result

Isofloc emerges as one of the most sustainable insulation materials. This is due in part to the use of renewable energy in the production process and the minimization of waste. In addition to inclusion in the NMD, the product is also listed for the MIA/VAMIL scheme. Because over 50% of the material's weight consists of recycled material, the insulation material qualifies for the MIA/VAMIL scheme of the National Environmental Database. This enables builders to apply for a substantial investment deduction.

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"Cellulose insulation: sustainability, efficiency, and comfort in one. This environmentally friendly insulation material has a strong cooling effect, high heat-accumulating capacity, and provides moisture regulation. Due to these characteristics, cellulose insulation is a high-quality solution and meets the highest quality standards!"
Halbe Vlietstra
Building-Biologist at partner Oldenboom
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