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Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Southern Africa Energy Efficiency Award 2011 finalist and 2008 Winner, Eco-Insulation has recently been featured in the prestigious "25 Degrees in Africa" publication, issued at the time of the COP17 Durban events.

Featured in Vol 6 Number 6 of 2011 is an article that describes the energy efficiency project undertaken at the South African Astronomical Observatory complex at Sutherland in the Karoo.

This is the same project for which Eco-Insulation was listed as a finalist at the SAEE Convention 2011 Awards this year.

Should any follower of the Blog want a scanned copy of this article, please email us at the address provided.

Here is a low res. photo of the Sutherland article. Well done to our installer on site, Richard Ellis, Dave Renecle and the Team.

Monday, November 7, 2011


Eco-Insulation got sent a link to a humorous article in saving electricity from a follower of our Blog in the good 'ole USA.

Enjoy it - it helps to smile about our desperately important topic sometimes.


Friday, November 4, 2011



A major consideration in the design and ongoing operation of a large observatory such as the SAAO in Sutherland, where the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) is located, is the comfort of the observer and resident technical maintenance and support staff.

Creating comfortable living conditions in an area where cosy fires are forbidden due to smoke particulate emission means heavy reliance on national grid power, backed up by emergency clean burning fuel oil generators on site. The observatory is a direct consumer of Eskom power which is charged at the Ruraflex rate. This means peak rates of close to R 3 per kWh  dropping to 40 c/kWh  during off peak low demand seasons. Heating in the accommodation blocks, houses and other spaces such as office and recreation centre is by large electrical heating panels that consume approximately  25 kWh each per day in the peak demand season, contributing substantially towards an overall site energy consumption of 145 000 kWh per month in the season.

Eco-insulation was ultimately chosen and installed by Richard Ellis and his team, due to its superior insulating characteristics, ease of installation at 100% coverage and cost effectiveness. Having SABS approval and being fire rated in line with the national building standards was also non negotiable.

Subsequently Eco-Insulation was installed over a two week period in the SALT workshops (a notoriously climate-exposed location), in all accommodation areas, the office area and also in parts of the recreation centre.

Best estimates show that the energy saving is significant – close to 180 000 kWh per annum”, says SALT electrical engineer Keith Browne, a member of the SAAO Energy Saving Committee. “We will be running observations over the ensuing months to get a more accurate picture, but this installation will save the SAAO hundreds of thousands of Rands over the years. – payback will be over two years. Whats more, it is considerably more comfortable – warmer – indoors this winter”.

Eco-Insulation founder, Cecil Homan, is delighted with the project. “Eco-Insulation has clearly demonstrated its prowess in the realm of industrial / scientific infrastructure – or should I say the Cosmos?”

We will post further information as this story develops !

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Eco-Insulation draws your attention to this excellent article in energy efficiency in buildings as published in the online edition of 25 Degrees in Africa. Click the link below.

At Eco-Insulation, we have participated in some highly exciting energy conservation projects this year and will shortly be sharing them with our valued Blog readers.

Monday, September 26, 2011


South Africa's electricity utility deserves our support in a number of initiatives.
One such initiative is the 49M campaign which encourages South African companies and individuals to get involved in promoting energy conservation. Eco-Insulation is a proud supporter of this initiative and in this regard:

As a proud member of the 49M community I pledge to:

  • Lead and energy smart lifestyle
  • Encourage others to be energy efficient
  • Ensure a sustainable future for South Africa
  • Make a difference because I have the power to do so
Are you as a builder or architect striving to maximise energy saving in your designs, new buildings and retrofits - today ? Give Eco-Insulation a shout and let us explain the benefits of green, energy saving, sustainable cellulose insulation. It's so simple, yet incredibly cost effective.

Eco-Insulation is not only highly effective. It's the safe and healthy choice, too.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


It is not surprising,  Eco-Insulation has fulfilled all the quality and safety requirements of a highly effective insulating material:

  • SABS-Approved.

  • Fire-rated “No Spread of Flame” for use in the ceiling and cavity walls

  • Among the most efficient coverage materials available for the area being treated. Eco-Insulation is pumped into place and spreads to fill every nook and cranny inside the roof – and that includes inaccessible flat roofs..

  • Provides a solution for each and every climatic zone inside South Africa, in accordance with the industry association guidelines.

  • Professional, turnkey service. No worries, no fuss. A professional installer who focuses solely on the Eco-Insulation brand is only a telephone call away.

  • This is a truly green product.

So impressed were the judges that they awarded us the Southern African Energy Efficiency Award for Excellence - "Company of the Year 2008".

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


By placing Eco-Insulation Cellulose Fibre Ceiling Insulation in the roof, the building owner substantially reduces the energy consumed by heating or cooling. You are also helping to recycle or upcycle a stream of paper waste, turning it into an upgraded insulation product.

The inclusive of passive energy efficiency measures in new building projects and retrofits is a clear starting point for all developers thinking sustainability – as early as during the environment control planning and design process. In addition, government and developers need to think about low cost housing. 

For example, the fitting of solar geysers to many low cost housing projects is an admirable move, but true energy efficiency in low cost housing will only be effective where the roof is fitted with a ceiling that is insulated too

There's an Eco-Insulation solution for developers, architects and individual homeowners alike. 

Visit our comprehensive website at to get information and also the contact details of your local professional installer.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Welcome to etaAwards Website - Turning Ideas into Energy

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Eco-Insulation believes that all South African companies should be striving for maximum energy efficiency.

Does you company qualify?

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Do the job well to get the results

However, adding insulation alone without sealing air leaks is not going to help much. Water vapor carried with the escaping warm air may condense and build up in certain insulations, 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 leaks or bypasses.

We advise architects and project managers to give more consideration to using cellulose. The product is fully approved by the SABS and is fire rated as “no spread of flame” above the ceiling. Architects often forget about the sound-insulating benefits of the product, as well. This is very important for the many industries such as hotels and retail outlets, where levels of noise need to be controlled and sonic absorption is required for effective acoustics inside the building.This is what we mean by ultimate climate comfort.

Building owners, designers and architects should visit for further information and contact details of installers. We are available nation-wide.

Thursday, June 2, 2011


Architects - Something to Consider

Eco-Insulation Cellulose Fibre Ceiling Insulation, forms a seamless blanket of natural fibers that provide outstanding protection from temperature extremes.

The matter of coverage is also highly important. The best product distributes itself naturally into every corner, recess and cavity above the ceiling, including into flat roofs with limited access. “Many installers do not take the trouble of lifting roof sheeting to allow insulation to be laid from the top”, says founder, Cecil Homan “So you end up with uninsulated sections of the ceiling through which heat may enter or escape. However, you don't have this problem with inefficiency when you install Eco-Insulation for two good reasons:

  • When cellulose is pneumatically pumped into ceilings and cavities by means of specialised apparatus, it assumes a fluid consistency that allows product to flow into hidden spaces and around obstructions to completely fill the area being treated – every nook and cranny.
  • Eco-Insulation installers are highly trained professional sub-contractors. There are no approved DIY options for the product. Installers are trained to lift roof sheets and do whatever it takes to get product into inaccessible spaces."

Eco-Insulation is excellent in this regard, due to our professional approach, unique delivery system – meaning a fully turnkey service. 

This is ideal for contractors and specifiers alike. 

Photo - lifting roof sheets at a tricky installation at Club Vaudeville, Cape Town

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


The agreement some time back by Nersa granting Eskom to a 25% per annum tariff increase over 3 years, places specifiers and building owners in a very clear position. It is time to implement energy saving.

The inclusive of passive energy efficiency measures in new building projects and retrofits is a clear starting point for all developers thinking sustainability – as early as during the environment control planning and design process. In addition, government and developers need to think about low cost housing. “The fitting of solar geysers to many low cost housing projects is an admirable move, but true energy efficiency in low cost housing will only be effective where the roof is fitted with a ceiling that is insulated, too.”

Go to - or call one of our professional installers whose details appear on the website, to see what can be done to mitigate against climate change and rising energy costs TODAY.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


Property Owners - Take note of this !

Cape Town- Cape Town residents are being urged to cut electricity usage by 25 - 40%, the city said on Wednesday.

"From 2010 to 2013 it's likely that your electricity bill will more than double, or even triple... Saving electricity is about saving hard-earned rands," said Sarah Ward, the city's spokesperson for energy and climate change.

Cape Town home owners would receive flyers with power saving advice in their rates accounts for the next three months, she said.

The installation of energy efficient showerheads, geyser blankets, solar water heating and ceiling insulation are measures which would save electricity and add to the value of the property, Ward said.

Residential consumption was responsible for 43% of Cape Town's total electricity consumption.

Thursday, March 17, 2011


The Thermal Resistance Value, commonly expressed as “R-Value” is measured as:

R Value = Thickness of insulating material ÷ Thermal conductivity of material.

The Thermal Conductivity is the rate of heat flow through one metre of uniform type of material, expressed in watts per metre Kelvin.

So, it can be seen that the thicker the layer of insulation being measured, the higher the R-value. This is not surprising, isn't it? However, the higher the Thermal Conductivity, the lower the R-value.

With the introduction of uniform standards for measuring the effectiveness of various insulations, the Thermal Insulation Association of South Africa, TIASA, has introduced a range of total recommend R-Values for each of 7 different Climatic Zones.

When carrying out measurements, bear in mind that the recommendations refer to the TRV’s of the total system - including static air gaps and roofing materials - and cannot be compared with R values of the bulk insulation products. Make sure that test methods used are clearly declared in order to avoid a poor basis for comparison between different types of materials. Otherwise you may end up installing a much thicker layer of insulation than is necessary. Remember, static air is also an insulator and this contributes to the overall insulation effect. It is important to seal off all draughts however, because these rapidly lower the insulation properties of air by stimulating convection.

Eco-Insulation is a fantastic sealer of draughts inside cavities, because it spreads rapidly across the space being insulation and fills, literally, every nook and cranny. Once the product settles, it mats together and stays there.

Monday, February 28, 2011


Clients and architects often ask us what the most important property is of a good insulation material, so with apologies to those of you who know it already, here is a short note on the basics.

To change the temperature of an object, energy is required in the form of heat to increase temperature (e.g. by using heaters), or reduce temperature (e.g. by using air conditioners). Once the heat generation or heat extraction stops, a reverse flow of heat happens and the temperature returns to ambient.

So, to maintain a comfortable temperature, considerable continuous energy is required, most of the year round. Insulation reduces this energy flow.

Thermal insulation acts as a barrier to the movement of heat,  therefore slowing down the escape of heat from a building in winter (when the outside temperature is lower) and the entry of heat into a building during summer (when the outside temperature is higher).

The resistance that insulation offers to the flow of heat is called its R-value. The higher the R-value, the more effective the insulation. The thicker the material, the higher its R-value. In practice, a unit of measurement called thermal conductivity is actually determined. This unit gives the speed that heat is transfered through a material. So the lower the thermal conductivty, the higher the R-value.

We will be exploring R-values in more detail soon, but for those of you who want to download fact sheets or tachnical data, do go to our website:

Thursday, February 10, 2011


It's a good thing when a leading global figure asserts himself (or herself) on the subject of global warming and climate change.

Today, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales has stated clearly that people who do not accept the reality of climate change are "Playing a reckless game of roulette". He went on to ask "How are these people going to face their grandchildren and admit to them that they failed their future?". (Independent Media - 10 Feb 2011)

It is a chilling thought, isn't it? That's why at Eco-Insulation, we are firmly nailing our colours to the war against global warming. And our families and the younger generation are supporting us, too. For their own sakes.

We believe that by placing Eco-Insulation in the roof, you are not only reducing your energy reliance on heating or cooling, but are helping to consume a waste stream of paper, by upcycling it into our exclusive, SABS-Approved, fire-rated thermal insulation.

Go to - or call one of our friendly installers whose details appear on the website, to see what can be done to mitigate against climate change TODAY.

Monday, January 24, 2011

We all need to focus on SAVING Electricity

According to Brian Dames, Eskom CEO in a press release quoted in the African Utility Week earlier this month, the utility will not by carrying out any further planned load-shedding.

However, this does not mean that there will be unplanned electricity cuts caused by load shedding due to high demand in the country over the next few months. The hot weather in the Cape and elsewhere in the country is not helping the situation much either, as the demand of air conditioning starts to soar.

During autumn 2010, there were a number of blackouts in the East Rand and elsewhere, so it is clear that our electricity supply is under increasing pressure - despite savings and energy conservation measures.

In addition, consumers and business also need to consider the shocking history of price hikes in electricity - 268% over the past 3-4 years. Yet another 25% is in the pipeline in the next few months.

Homes and businesses therefore need to seriously consider saving at least 40 - 50% off their electricity bills. If we can do this, we will greatly minimise the chances of load shedding.

How do we start doing this? For a start, go to

Also, watch this Blogspace. We will publish helpful advice in the next weeks as to insulating your building.