Formaldehyde-Free Fiberglass Snags Green-Building Prize

Formaldehyde-Free Fiberglass Snags Green-Building Prize

Johns Manville Formaldehyde-free building insulation was recently named to the top ten new green building products by BuildingGreen, Inc., publisher of the GreenSpec Directory and Environmental Building News. The first-ever award recognizes the most promising products added to the GreenSpec Directory, an online database of more than 1,650 green-building products.

In March 2002, Johns Manville became the first fiberglass insulation manufacturer to stop adding formaldehyde to building insulation as a binder and begin using an acrylic binder that eliminates all binder-related emissions of formaldehyde during manufacturing. The acrylic binder also reduces concerns about formaldehyde in the indoor environment once installed. In addition, Johns Manville Formaldehyde-free insulation utilizes a minimum 25% recycled content.

"Our goal in recognizing these products," said GreenSpec coeditor Alex Wilson, "is to call attention to the tremendous innovation and variety in green-building products coming onto the market." The directory does not accept paid advertising and manufacturers may not purchase listings. Products are selected for inclusion based on criteria established by the editors of Environmental Building News, an independent resource on environmentally responsible building design and construction.
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