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Insulation Manufacturers commit to energy reduction in plants

Wednesday, March 15th 2006 12:19:03pm

NAIMA Canada members match the Ontario Government’s goal
of 10% reduction in electricity consumption

Ottawa, Ontario (September 21, 2005) — NAIMA Canada, a trade association for manufacturers of fibre glass, rock wool and slag wool insulation underscored its commitment to energy efficiency today by announcing that its members have volunteered to target a reduction in electric consumption in their Ontario plants by 10% per volume.  The members made this commitment in support of the Government of Ontario’s own goal of a 10% reduction of electricity by January 2007 from a base year of 2001.

Peter Love, Ontario’s Chief Energy Conservation Officer, applauded NAIMA’s action and observed, “NAIMA is the first industry sector to come forward with a voluntary matching of the Provinces’ electrical energy reduction goals.  We hope they are the first of many.”    

The two members of NAIMA Canada that manufacture in Ontario are Owens Corning Canada (Scarborough location) and Roxul Inc. (Milton).  These companies will continue to innovate and initiate environmentally sound processes that will ensure they meet this target.

“Our members volunteered to make this commitment because it is the right thing to do,” said Stephen Koch, Executive Director of NAIMA Canada. Mr. Koch observed, “Our membership is very energy conscious, since each pound of fibre glass and rock and slag wool insulation saves more than 12 times the amount of energy used to produce it in the first year alone, and continues to save that much energy for the life of the building in which it is installed.

“We continually look for ways to reduce energy consumption in our plants, just as we continually look for ways to help consumers save more energy through proper use of thermal insulation. We are proud to support the Government’s goal with one of our own.”

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Manufacturing Process
The manufacture of fibre glass, rock wool and slag wool insulation has included increasingly sophisticated technology in the last several decades to reduce energy consumption. Manufacturers also use closed-loop water recycling systems to eliminate waste water effluent discharges and have instituted new controls to substantially limit air emissions from their plants. For a more complete life cycle analysis of fibre glass, rock wool and slag wool insulation, please visit www.NAIMACanada.ca.

About NAIMA Canada
NAIMA Canada is the association for North American manufacturers of fibre glass, rock wool, and slag wool insulation products doing business in Canada.  Its role is to promote energy efficiency and environmental preservation through the use of fibre glass, rock wool, and slag wool insulation, and to encourage the safe production and use of these materials. NAIMA Canada is a sister organization to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA).