Insulating your home, van, bus, or RV is a must! Learn how Havelock Wool can benefit your insulation project.
Whether you are looking to insulate your home, van, skoolie, or RV below is an overview look at what makes Havelock Wool a great option for your project(s).
Moisture Management | You need an insulation that actively manages moisture, helping keep your space dry and free of mold and mildew.
In the form of vapor, condensation or water- moisture will inevitably make its way into your walls. You need an insulation that actively manages that moisture, helping keep your space dry and free of mold and mildew.
Unlike any other insulation, wool is naturally able to absorb moisture while still retaining it’s high insulative properties.
When the ambient air dries (>65%) wool will release the moisture into the air. The result is a long lasting, non-slumping, high performance insulation that keeps your walls dry, temperatures more constant and energy bills low.
R Value | The most common way to measure insulation is by R Value. Havelock Wool measures at an impressive R Value PER INCH of 3.6 for Batts and 4.3 for Blown-In.
The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power. Havelock Wool comes in at an impressive R Value PER INCH of 3.6 for Batts and 4.3 for Loose Fill. What happens when moisture is introduced into an environment?
The R Value can plummet. In order to sustain high performance (high R Value), your insulation needs to actively manage moisture and stay dry. Havelock Wool does just that.
Because wool is a hygroscopic insulator, it can absorb moisture without becoming wet to the touch and without affecting its superior performance.
Air Quality | Not only is Havelock Wool devoid of harmful chemicals, it helps absorb them. A coarse wool fiber has the rare ability to absorb and regulate concentrations of indoor pollutants within your building.
As the quality of building materials decline an increasing amount of chemicals and glues are used to reduce costs to attract consumer’s attention. These chemicals and glues are the major source of harmful substances like formaldehyde, So2 and NoX.
As more homes are built to be airtight, the indoor air quality becomes compromised (see Harvard study summary) and inhabitants face poor air quality challenges.
Havelock Wool contains no harmful chemicals and the composition of the wool fiber acts as an air filter permanently abating these chemicals thru a complex structure of amino acids.
Havelock Wool will block the movement of such pollutants as they try to migrate around the home. See here for an in depth research report from the University of Texas on wool’s ability to improve indoor air quality.
Sound Absorption | Havelock Wool excels at absorbing sound and reducing unwanted noise, including absorbing road noise as you travel. All this makes your home, van, skoolie, or RV a more pleasant place to be.
A Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) is a rating for how much sound a material absorbs. Like a sponge absorbs water, insulation absorbs sound and the NRC tells us just how much sound gets soaked up.
The higher the NRC rating, the better the sound absorption. So a material with an NRC of 1 absorbs 100% of sound. In the insulation world, NRC is an important factor because along with regulating temperature, insulation should also keep your living space quiet.
Havelock Wool’s NRC of 90 and 95% (batts and loose-fill, respectively) beats most other insulation mediums. To be fair, there are some products with a slightly higher NRC but those tend to be designed specifically for sound absorption. As such, they fall short on other important metrics like R-Value…. not to mention moisture management, air filtration, and sustainability.
Sustainability | Havelock Wool is renewable, sustainable, biodegradable and compostable. Its overall carbon footprint is extremely low.
Havelock Wool is a truly sustainable building material, from its production to the end of its life. Our overall carbon emissions stack up extremely favorably compared to any other insulation material. It’s easy to understand as our raw material is not petrochemical-based and our process is not energy-intensive.
Havelock uses repurposed textile machinery that runs on electricity. Further, wool is biodegradable and compostable unlike mainstream insulation which will sit in landfill, or, worse, on the ocean floor for the next 1,000 years. So after a very long life, wool can be placed back in the earth where it will break down on its own and actually fertilize the soil.
In the spirit of environmental transparency Havelock has published an Environmental Product Declaration and a Life Cycle Assessment. These are third party data rich documents that provide in-depth details on our full environmental impact. Normally the employ of the professional building community but they believe everyone should use them to make informed building material decisions. See them HERE.
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