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Knauf Insulation, Sustainable Minds Partner on Transparency Catalog

The catalog is a cloud-based resource that makes it easy and understandable for architects and specifiers to find sustainable products.

Shelbyville, Ind.-based Knauf Insulation North America is partnering with Sustainable Minds to launch a new Project Builder/Configurator and Library function within the Sustainable Minds Transparency Catalog. The announcement was made at the 2017 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, Nov. 8-10, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Sustainable Minds is a provider of environmental product transparency applications, data and services to help product manufacturers design and market greener products. It does so by presenting environmental performance data on building products in an understandable and credible way.

"With the creation of ECOSE Technology, the industry’s first bio-based binder, Knauf revolutionized how the world viewed insulation and forced change across the board," said Christopher Griffin, CEO, KINA. "We have consistently challenged ourselves to remain at the forefront of sustainable building practices. Embracing product transparency is the next step in that evolution."

At Greenbuild, KINA (booth No, 1743) will showcase the three primary ingredients used to manufacture its products — corn, recycled glass cullet and sand. After learning about the renewable resources used to make Knauf products, the company’s recycling program and other sustainability initiatives, attendees are invited to participate in a trivia challenge where they can guess the amount of each ingredient used in the production of a typical bag of Knauf glass mineral wool for a chance to win daily prizes, including an eco-vacation grand prize.

KINA also will be part of the Greenbuild Expo’s Passport to Prizes, where attendees can enter to win prizes by visiting all participating exhibitor’s booths and completing passport cards at each. Prizes in the past have included hybrid cars, electric bikes and $10,000 in cash.

In a nod to the high recycled glass content in its products, KINA also will offer glass recycling receptacles in its booth, transporting everything collected back to its manufacturing facilities where it will be used to manufacture new products.

KINA has listed 17 of its glass mineral wool insulation products across five CSI MasterFormat Divisions in the SM Transparency Catalog [http://www.transparencycatalog.com/]. The catalog is a cloud-based resource that makes it easy and understandable for architects and specifiers to find sustainable products. It also provides detailed information on how to use these documents to earn credits through programs such as LEED v4, Collaborative for High Performance Schools, Green Globes, the Well Building Standard and the Living Building Challenge.

Knauf is the only insulation manufacturer whose entire line of products for commercial, residential and industrial applications are formaldehyde-free. This is due to the company’s revolutionary ECOSE Technology, a sustainable binder made from rapidly renewable organic materials. Since 2012 KINA has used the Living Building Challenge Red List as a developmental benchmark; the Red List contains the worst-in-class materials prevalent in the building industry. KINA was the first glass mineral wool insulation brand to disclose all of its product ingredients through the International Living Future Institute’s Declare list.

In terms of energy savings, all KINA products are inherently sustainable. They save many more times the amount of energy it takes to produce them. For a typical 30,000-sq.-ft. building located in climate zone 5, it would take 30 days to recoup the energy used to manufacture the insulation. Over its lifetime, the building’s insulation would save nearly 16,000 equivalent barrels of oil.

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