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Friday, December 10, 2010


Summers in South Africa are typified extremely hot, dry in the west or stormy inland or coastal climatic conditions, meaning that a very large number of buildings around the nation rely on air conditioning to achieve comfortable working conditions.

Last year's agreement by Nersa to a 25% per annum tariff increase over 3 years to Eskom places specifiers and building owners in a very clear position. South Africa will be bracing for the second increase of 25% early in the new year.

 The time for talking about energy saving is over and we have now reached the stage where built environment professionals need to seriously consider their energy saving options  - both active and passive.

That is where we recommend you specify our eco-friendly brand. Eco-Insulation - the most user-friendly, professional option available - for roof insulation, ceiling insulation - thermal insulation - and cavity insulation.

Thursday, December 2, 2010


Energy efficiency, and the usage of non-hazardous, low embedded energy building material is key to the built environment professional's range of green building choices.

As a solution, Eco-Insulation, a South African thermal insulating material supplier, actively promotes the use of its green, SABS approved, loose fill, cellulose fibre based thermal roof insulation as an ideal candidate for all three categories of green building.

As a building material, cellulose insulation boosts potential Green Star™ credits via the following:
  1. The product is people-friendly and non-toxic. It is zero-emission. It has a low energy footprint. Reliable sources suggest that cellulose uses 30 – 40 times less energy to insulate an equivalent area when compared with fibre glass.
  2. The product promotes sustainable use of a waste paper stream. The authoritative Cellulose Manufacturers' Association in the USA estimates that insulating an average home of 140m2 of ceiling area will recycle as much newsprint as would be used by newspaper readers in that home for 40 years.
  3. Efficiency - air leakage through cracks, voids, and gaps is significant in the average building- being responsible for up to one-third of an average home’s energy efficiency. Cellulose is a excellent at blocking air. Heat is exchanged and lost through convection; when drafty currents of air within the house, wall cavities or attics, distribute heat to other locations. This is technically different from air leakage where the heated air mass is actually expelled from the home. Eco-Insulation spreads in the roof area during installation, filling every nook and cranny. Tightly packed, it provides a thermally efficient, cost effective, and comfortable solution.
  4. Performance – SABS-approved Eco-Insulation provides a thermal resistance of 0.038 W/m.K, which compares highly favourably with the top end loose fill insulation options. However, given the efficiency of the product in sealing off attic bypasses and drafts, its performance puts it into another category. In certain building designs under extreme summer conditions, buildings have been observed to be up to 8 – 10 ºC cooler, and considerably warmer in winter.
Eco-Insulation is installed professionally by qualified agents. They are available nationwide and can be involved in both new and retrofit projects. They offer a professional, mess-free, fully turnkey service.

Information on specifying Eco-Insulation can be found at or specifers may go direct to Autospec or the Specifier Online services.

Why mess with the rest when you can get the best?  

Monday, November 22, 2010


Read the article in Walls and Roofs Magazine - Journal 7/ 2010 - about green building, sustainable building materials, the Green Building Convention 2010, energy saving  and the thermal performance of buildings by using green insulation.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Studies have shown that cellulose may actually protect a building from damage by fire better than other loose fill products - it is denser and limits the oxygen necessary to burn structural members. It also acts as a massive heat sink.

In South Africa, architects, developers and specifiers may specify Eco-Insulation cellulose thermal roof insulation with confidence. The product is approved under SABS 1381-6 and therefore displays the SABS mark. Eco-Insulation is also fire-rated B/B1/2, meaning "No Spread of Flame"..

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Eco-Insulation, positions itself at the forefront of thermal and acoustic insulation green performance as evidenced by the following benefits:
  • A low embodied energy content is a key element in classifying buildings materials as sustainable or green.
  • As a recycled building material the product has a very low environmental impact and low embodied energy due to a low energy manufacturing process.
  • The energy-saving performance of the product, once installed, is excellent – considerably benefiting the energy performance of the whole building. In certain building designs under extreme summer conditions, buildings have been observed to be up to 8 – 10 ºC cooler, and considerably warmer in winter.
  • Eco-Insulation is made from 100% recycled newsprint - highly environment-friendly.
  • It is readily recycled when no longer needed in situ.
  • Significantly, it is one of few insulating materials to be fully biodegradable. In the case where downcycling is the only option, it can be put to use in various agricultural applications.
  • Eco-Insulation is a zero-emission product. This is a major advantage over many glass, plastic and composite offerings in the market.
Specify us today - long term benefits to clients.

Thursday, October 7, 2010


An easy-to-get thermal insulation option is available to improve energy efficiency in the home or office.

Eco-Insulation is easily specified by the architectural and building industry since its key technical details and specifications are readily available on electronic library services such as SpecXPert, Specifile Online, or on CAD materials support packages such as Autospec. 

Many architects and designers are turning to Eco-Insulation for use in ceilings or cavity walls because it is so incredibly easy to install. Due to a unique insulation installation pump developed by the company, the product can be efficiently installed with 100% coverage by dedicated sub-contractors either into new buildings or retrofitted into existing or old buildings. 

The beauty of our design is that access into the roof cavity is not essential to provide 100% coverage. Eco-Insulation, when pumped, assumes a fluid consistency that uniformly and easily delivers product right across the area where you are installing.

What's more, Eco-Insulation is a green building product that is SABS Approved and is Fire-Rated.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


With the release of the Green Building Council of SA's certification for South African buildings, a number of progressive developers and architects are designing sustainable buildings, or gunning for a Green Star Rating. 

Materials consumed or used in the building process is one of nine major categories of evaluation, hence increasing relevance for green building materials. Other significant categories, related directly or indirectly to the performance of materials are Emissions and Energy.

At the recent GBCSA 3rd Annual Convention 2010, held in Cape Town, South Africa's Green Building Council announced significant progress in rolling out a Green Star Multi-Unit Residential rating tool, scheduled for year-end in pilot form, and progress towards the Existing Building rating tool. The existing buildings tool is dependent on the rollout of a national energy benchmarking system -  as a first step.

Energy performance, with the usage of appropriate building material is hence critically important to the designer's range of green building choices.

What has this to do with Eco-Insulation?

Plenty - Please read all our posts and watch this space as we explore how you, the designer or developer can increase your Green Star scoring by using our unique product.

Monday, September 20, 2010


Specifiers and homeowners should  ask to see a copy of the relevant certification relating to fire and  performance when considering installing insulation.  For example, advertising a product as being “SABS tested” does not mean that the product is approved under SABS codes. Only products carrying the SABS mark comply with the relevant standard. Eco-Insulation is approved under SABS 1381-6 and therefore displays the SABS mark.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


At Eco-Insulation, we welcome the introduction of the Consumer Protection Bill.

Consumer protection means that a whole lot of traditional raw building material suppliers, who have been skirting below the radar-zone for many years, could be forced to disclose the toxic nature of their product offerings.

Let's start with toxic emissions. Lurking around the household – in the attic and in the walls – for many years, has been formaldehyde. Far more than the innocuous “formalin” that most school biology students have used to preserve specimens, formaldehyde is classified internationally as a known carcinogen. Both in liquid and vapour forms.

How many architects, designer and project managers out there know that formaldehyde is a common “VOC” (Volatile Organic Compound) emitted from resins and binders? And that it is used in the manufacture of popular types of insulating materials – both bulk fill and composite.

No names, no pack drill, folks. Let’s just talk generic products. You are not going to want certain types of fibrous synthetic plastic or glass-based insulating materials NEAR your construction sites once the Consumer Protection Act forces manufacturers to disclose.

So, Eco-Insulation says “Start the Ball Rolling”. Telephone your supplier today and ask some questions about product toxicity, that you were previously too shy to ask.

As from October, you have the Law on your side !

Friday, August 27, 2010


With the great effective coverage of Eco-Insulation in your roof you can be sure of a more comfortable, cooler house during the coming summer season, and a more comfortable, warmer house next winter.

It's not very often that you can have your cake AND eat it, but thermal insulation is one effective way by which the family home or office environment can stay comfortable ALL year round.

Eco-Insulation is a one-off expense. Thereafter you sit back and watch the savings on your electricity bill roll in.

How? A highly trained team arrives at your premises, does the installation in a very reasonable time with no mess, no fuss. Unlike other types of insulation, the special cellulose fibre of Eco-Insulation is completely safe to handle, non toxic and does not support the spread of flames according to its official, certified and approved fire-test.

Eco-Insulation is so effective that the SA Bureau of Standards have awarded us their Mark and the Southern Africa Energy Efficiency Association gave us their certificate of excellence during 2008.

So, don't accept any old insulation in your roof. Go for the brand that gives you a certificate of excellence - Eco-Insulation.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Eco-Insulation in the News

See what the prestigious Walls and Roofs Magazine has to say about us.

PS. Click in the picture below and then once the full article has opened, use the browser's reverse button to return to the Blog. Enjoy reading !

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Eco-Insulation Feedback

"I love Eco-Insulation. I cannot believe I am living in the same house this winter!" - Comment from one Eco-Insulation customer who prefers to remain anonymous.

However, Eco-Insulation client in Somerset West, Theresa Wilson, was so pleased about our product that she put us on her website, Greenspace. And she is a sustainable building scientist, and consultant, too.

Theresa Muller with Cecil Homan at her home in Somerset West.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Old Tin Roof ? - no problem !

At Club Vaudeville in Cape Town, our intrepid operators faced the challenge of accessing a huge ceiling area without adequate trapdoors from the building below.

No problem, we removed the roof sheets - every few metres - to allow our skilled guys access into the space below.

The beauty of Eco-Insulation is that when you pump it, it assumes a fluid characteristic and moves across the ceiling, filling each nook and cranny with ease.

See for yourselves: (Photos - Click on each photo to enlarge. The use the web browser's Arrow Button to return to the Blog)

Caption: The Team removes a number of tin roof sheets to gain access into the void below.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Eco-Insulation Protects Future Leaders

St Cyprians School in Cape Town is one of the leading South African girls' private schools with a bold aim to Create Future Leaders.

It is with great pride and a sense of heritage that Eco-Insulation was specified by the architects of an ongoing refurbishment project at the school. Eco-Insulation has rapidly established a name for itself as an ethical, environmentally responsiblr business that aims for exellence. "We are proud to have played a part in keeping St Cyprians girls comfortable during Cape Town's cold winter days and cooler during her dry hot summers."

St Cyprians School is a vital part of the Mother City of Cape Town, a city which has produced many innovations and brilliant people over the years. "We were created in Cape Town five years ago.  Eco-Insulation proudly received the Southern Afircan Energy Associations 'Company of the Year' Excellence Award during 2008. Hence, we identify with the St Cyprians ethos in word and in deed !" - founder, Cecil Homan,

Caption: Richard Ellis & David Renecle - Eco-Insulation Team

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Eco-Insulation's New Challenging Ad Campaign!

Eco-Insulation’s new ad campaign is aimed at getting the specifying community talking. It is anticipated that the campaign be backed by a series of visits to Architects, Master Builders and Project Managers in order to try and get the product specified for the upcoming season.

Eco-Insulation’s new campaign relies on the fact that electricity costs are rising very rapidly in order to make impact and to get the reader to ACT NOW.

Have you seen the new ads yet?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Welcome to Eco-Insulation Blog

Welcome ! Please take the time to find and read these postings on thermal and acoustic insulation in South Africa. We welcome all building professionals - architects, quantity surveyors, designers, specifiers and professional building contractors, as well as property owners to register and participate in the feed of this Blog. Mail your queries to the Blog Administrator at:


Ceiling bypasses are hidden air passageways that lead from the heated space into the attic. Because warm air rises, it continuously moves along these passageways and escaping into the attic during winter. The reverse occurs in summer. So even though the roofspace above the ceiling could be at ambient temperatures, these bypasses make it possible for heat to travel into the house, hence wasting energy.

Eco-Insulation says that adding insulation alone without sealing air leaks is not going to help much. Also, water vapor carried with the escaping warm air in winter may condense and build up in the insulation, reducing R-values and causing structural damage. Indeed, When moisture problems appear in the roof after it has been insulated, ceiling bypasses are often the cause.

To avoid these types of water problems and to receive full benefit from your insulation, you need to plug up your attic bypasses. But before sealing they have to be found. Signs to look for are wet insulation, dirty insulation, dust build-up underneath the insulation and water staining under the insulation.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Energy Efficiency: Dealing with unwanted heat flow in and out of the roof.

The chances are good that the average home or office would benefit enormously from adding cellulose ceiling insulation, even where there is an exising layer of insulation present.

WHY? Let me explain:

Many existing insulation systems compress with time with the load of dust and humidity in the roofspace, hence becoming much less effective in trapping dormant air and thus losing R-values.

Eco-Insulation teams have been involved several times in the removal of old glass mat insulation and its replacement, or simply pumped a new layer of cellulose on top of the non-performing old product.

See the image (above, left) of one of our Teams replacing a popular brand of glass insulation at a client in Gauteng, South Africa.

Then there is the matter of coverage. The best product is one that distributes itself naturally into every corner, recess and cavity above the ceiling and so ensures that there are no uncovered sections of the ceiling through which heat may enter or escape. Eco-Insulation is excellent in this regard, due to our unique delivery system.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Does your insulation comply with national standards?

Eco-Insulation is highly concerned to see that the public is being misled by certain brands of thermal roofing insulation that position themselves as being approved by the SA National Standards authority, but are actually not SABS-Mark holders at all.

Homeowners should ask to see a copy of the relevant certification relating to fire and performance when considering installing insulation.
For example, advertising a product as being “SABS tested” does not mean that the product is approved under SABS codes. Only products carrying the SABS mark comply with the relevant standard. Eco-Insulation is approved under SABS 1381-6 and therefore displays the SABS mark.

Thursday, April 8, 2010


Summers in South Africa can often be typified extremely hot, dry in the west, humid coastal and inland climatic conditions, meaning that a very large number of buildings around the nation rely on air conditioning to achieve comfortable working conditions.

Eco-Insulation will be focussing its efforts on providing a welcome solution to South African property ownerswho are rightfully concerned about runaway electricity tariff increases.

Look out for our eye-catching new advertising campaigns, backed by great service from more than 15 dedicated installers across the land and in Namibia.


Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Eco-Insulation, is extremely environment-friendly and made from 100% recycled newsprint. Most importantly, Eco-Insulation is one of the only insulating materials to be fully biodegradable, in the case where recycling back into insulation is not possible under the circumstances of its removal from the roof.

Internationally, cellulose insulation is very big.In the USA it competes on an equal footing with traditional glass-based insulation products, giving excellent R-values and other exclusive advantages. It offers positive safety side-effects - for example in cases of fire.

There are a lot of important issues to consider when specifying an insulation product.

At Eco-insulation's blogsite, we will attempt to unpack these for you over the months ahead.