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PostSubject: UK: Hemp Technology Launches New Hemp Insulation   Mon Mar 22, 2010 2:10 pm

UK: Hemp Technology Launches New Hemp Insulation


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on Fri, 03/12/2010 - 22:08

Hemp Technology, has announced the launch
of Breathe™, an innovative new natural fibre insulation. The sustainably
sourced product, which will play a key role in the nation's drive to
zero carbon construction, was officially launched at Ecobuild, the
world's largest sustainable construction event, at Earls Court, London
on the the 2nd March 2010.

By David Ing, Construction News
Hemp Technology,
has announced the launch of Breathe™, an innovative new natural fibre
insulation. The sustainably sourced product, which will play a key role
in the nation's drive to zero carbon construction, was officially
launched at Ecobuild, the world's largest sustainable construction
event, at Earls Court, London, on the 2nd March 2010.
Produced from UK grown hemp and flax, Breathe™ offers a renewable and
low-carbon means of insulating lofts, walls and floors. An eco-friendly
challenge to the dominance of mineral wools, it holds superb
performance qualities.
With a thermal conductivity of 0.039 W/mK, Breathe™ performs better
than many fibre products. This boosts thermal comfort by reducing
overheating in summer and damping internal temperature fluctuations. A
high resistance to settlement ensures its good qualities last as long as
the building to which it is applied.
Breathe™ is well named, given its immense breathability. Its hemp
fibres can absorb and release moisture without damage or the loss of all
important thermal performance. With a tolerance of condensation, it is
ideal for use in breathable wall construction, making it a key material
in constructing healthy homes. This is bolstered by the fact that it is
entirely non-toxic and non-irritant.
Being made from organic material doesn't mean that it lacks the
performance of its synthetic equivalents. Hemp is an exceptionally
durable material, and, as it is composed of cellulose, does not attract
rodents and is not a food source for other animals or insects. Treated
with a simple non-reacting agent, the material also holds Euroclass E
fire performance standard, meeting the requirements of the building
regulations.
Available in a semi-rigid batt, Breathe™ insulation is available in
thicknesses of 50mm, 75mm, 100mm, or 150mm. It comes in standard sizes
of 1,200mm x 575mm and 1,200mm x 375mm.
The main challenge facing today's built environment is in meeting the
demands of a sustainable future. A fully renewable material that is set
to cut carbon emissions considerably, Breathe™ will prove a key weapon
in the arsenal of environmentally conscious designers, specifiers and
builders throughout the industry.


Source: http://www.industrytoday.co.uk/construction/hemp-technology-launches-new...
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