Products Made with 100% Wind-Powered Electricity and Reduced Embodied Carbon Certification
What the Judges Said…
“The company is at the forefront by making these products available so early in their 2030 vision. This will open doors in the market for building materials that further increase demand for clean energy.”
Three types of Owens Corning commercial and residential insulation have been independently certified as made with renewable energy and reduced embodied carbon. EcoTouch Insulation, Thermafiber RainBarrier Continuous Insulation, and Unbonded Loosefill Insulation became available for specification and purchase in November 2017.
These certified insulation products are made with electricity produced by 100% wind energy, giving commercial architects and specifiers, builders, and homeowners the option of lower-carbon products to build structures, the company says.
A building represents two kinds of energy use: ongoing energy to operate the building and embodied energy in the manufacture of the building products. Insulation reduces the operational energy needed for the building. Owens Corning’s new insulation products reduce the embodied carbon inherent in the building as well, the company says. The products are the first insulation to meet the requirements of SCS Global Services’ certification protocol to validate that the electricity used to make them is 100% wind-powered.
Owens Corning worked with SCS Global Services to develop guidelines for the certification, as no such certification existed before. This certification follows the power purchase agreements that Owens Corning signed in 2015 for new wind capacity in Texas and Oklahoma. Both wind farms came online in late 2016 and can generate 1.1 million megawatt hours of electricity per year. For every megawatt hour of renewable electricity generated, the company receives one renewable energy credit. It then applies the RECs toward the manufacture of more sustainable products.
Since these products deliver a reduced carbon footprint, they will help architects design buildings with reduced life-cycle impact and achieve the recognized goals of the Architecture 2030 Challenge and US Green Building Council’s LEED certification, the company says. Homebuyers also have the option of having products made with 100% wind power, reducing the embodied carbon in their structures, and reducing the carbon footprint of the building.