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.
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