Roll of Hon­our: Pink ® Batts ® in­su­la­tion

A house­hold name for over 50 years, Pink ® Batts ® is a Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart Pro­gramme-ac­cepted in­su­la­tion prod­uct.

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Pink ® Batts ® glass wool in­su­la­tion has been a front­line force in the bat­tle for en­ergy ef­fi­ciency in New Zealand for many years. Unin­su­lated homes waste en­ergy by al­low­ing heat to es­cape and in­crease dam­ag­ing green­house gas emis­sions by in­creas­ing the en­ergy re­quired to keep them warm. They also force peo­ple to spend more on heat or risk se­vere health prob­lems: a Welling­ton School of Medicine study found that house­holds that in­stalled in­su­la­tion had fewer sick days and doc­tor vis­its, yield­ing eco­nomic ben­e­fits es­ti­mated at twice the value of the in­stal­la­tion costs. Pink ® Batts ® in­su­la­tion is one of the best-known prod­ucts in this busi­ness, and has been a piece of New Zealand build­ing his­tory for more than 50 years. But that doesn’t mean it is rest­ing on its fluffy pink lau­rels. The com­pany has con­ducted a full Life Cy­cle As­sess­ment of its prod­ucts to the strin­gent In­ter­na­tional Stan­dards Or­gan­i­sa­tion’s ISO14040 grade. This iden­ti­fies and quan­ti­fies the in­puts and out­puts at each stage of the prod­uct’s life cy­cle and as­sesses the im­pact of the ma­te­rial, en­ergy and waste on the en­vi­ron­ment. This in­cludes the prod­uct’s em­bod­ied en­ergy, global warm­ing po­ten­tial and its po­ten­tial ef­fect on soil and water acid­ity. This work, and the range of cer­ti­fi­ca­tion schemes the com­pany is signed up to, in­forms and guides con­tin­ued ef­forts to min­imise waste, man­age en­ergy use, re­move po­ten­tially pol­lut­ing pro­cesses and ma­te­ri­als from pro­duc­tion and con­tin­u­ally im­prove the prod­uct’s dura­bil­ity and per­for­mance. Tony Te Au, gen­eral man­ager, says: “En­ergy con­ser­va­tion is at the core of what we do, so work­ing so closely with the En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency and Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity is a nat­u­ral fit, and some­thing we are proud of. But we also take this much fur­ther than our le­gal com­mit­ments: we want to be lead­ers in this sec­tor in terms of the safety, ef­fec­tive­ness and sus­tain­abil­ity of our prod­ucts.” Cus­tomers like Juliet and Ben Her­lihy, no­ticed the dif­fer­ence im­me­di­ately. The Her­lihy’s place had no in­su­la­tion and was cold and damp un­til they fit­ted Pink ® Batts ® ceil­ing in­su­la­tion and Snugfloor ® in­su­la­tion un­der their floor­boards. They also had a vapour bar­rier in­stalled to pre­vent ris­ing damp, and a heat pump. Juliet said: “It’s like a dif­fer­ent house now, so warm and dry. Our home is very easy to heat and stays warm all day, even if it has been empty. It’s lovely to come home to. We would thor­oughly rec­om­mend putting in in­su­la­tion. It is cer­tainly the best money we have ever spent on a house and has im­proved our com­fort and qual­ity of life sig­nif­i­cantly, while sav­ing us money.”

Awelling­ton School of Medicine study found that house­holds that in­stalled in­su­la­tion had fewer sick days and doc­tor vis­its, yield­ing eco­nomic ben­e­fits es­ti­mated at twice the value of the

in­stal­la­tion costs.

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