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Tuesday, November 6, 2012


The Eco-Insulation agents conference in Gauteng was attended by almost all of the company's installers nationwide and Botswana. Cecil Homan is flanked by more than 20 agents who represent the brand across our region.

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Eco-Insulation, the manufacturer and marketer of sustainable cellulose fibre ceiling insulation, recently held a national installer agent convention in Gauteng. According to Richard Ellis, who chaired the convention, matters under discussion included fine-tuning the group's product and service offering in line with the new building energy standards and responding to the escalating energy price crisis. These place Eco-Insulation in a unique position as a national supplier of 100% recycled cellulose based, locally sourced thermal insulation. “Eco-Insulation is an active member of the Green Building Council of SA”, he said.

“Another good example of our successful conferencing was an extensive discussion that we held as a group about different methods of controlling downlighter fire risk in ceilings. Downlighter fire hazards presented by the incorrect application of building materials are a source of concern to our professional association, TIASA (Thermal Insulation Association of South Africa). Eco-Insulation has recently introduced a special cone-like object that protects downlights and transformers from being accidentally covered in insulation during installation.", says Ellis. More information is available on this company blog - see below

Eco-Insulation installers are located in designated areas around South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. Installer service is hence available in most regions, in line with their designated agency agreements with the manufacturer. “Eco-Insulation agencies are still available in certain areas, however, and interested parties with the expertise, business acumen and startup funding should contact me directly”, says founder, Cecil Homan.

Friday, September 21, 2012


Simultaneously, the new advertising campaign that promotes Eco-Insulation directly into the housing market, plus our electricity price increase beating editorial in Walls and Roofs magazine this month!

Monday, September 10, 2012


Hot on the heels of the latest 16% increase in the average electricity tariff for Eskom follows another announcement with a sting in its tail. Despite interventions by the SA President that saw the 2012 increase being restricted to 16% and not the planned 25.9%, Eskom will be allowed to escalate its base tariff by a further 16% next year, 2013.

The solution is so simple. Eskom is calling for consumers to reduce their electricity usages by 10%. In South Africa's climatic extreme areas, easily 30% of electricity consumption can be due to heating and cooling. This 10% saving can easily be achieved by installing thermal insulation under the roof and above the ceiling. The Eco-Insulation brand has become extremely popular among architects, builders and also individual house owners. In addition, it carries with it the great advantage of being an excellent sound absorber.

A very significant advantage of Eco-Insulation is that it easily and very cost-effectively meets the requirements of SANS 10400 XA, which demands a specified minimum thickness per climatic zone for each type of thermal insulation in order to meet R Value requirements.

Noise reduction can be greatly improved in the office or factory by pumping Eco-Insulation into strategically located positions around the building, including the roof space / above the ceiling. Many clients have also requested that Eco-Insulation be pumped into upstairs floors in order to both insulate thermally and reduce noise levels below.

Can any brand of insulation perform effectively in achieving these goals? We believe that architects and building owners need to look very carefully at the pedigrees of each brand being considered. “If you want safety, Self-assured, performance and the knowledge that you are specifying an award-winning brand, then request Eco-Insulation Cellulose Fibre Roof Insulation by name.” says Eco-Insulation Founder, Cecil Homan.

Eco-Insulation carries SABS approval, is fire rated and was honoured with the Company of the Year Excellence Award by the Southern African Energy Efficiency Association during 2008.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


Eco-Insulation is based on cellulose fibre that is recycled from commercial waste streams.   Our cellulose fibre us specially treated and  is known to slow down the rate of burning of timber and allows occupants more time to gather their valuables and escape. The recent high growth in cellulose loose fill insulation in the United States is partly attributed to this phenomenon. Studies have shown that cellulose may actually protect a building from damage by fire better than other loose fill products such as glass fibre and polyester - it is denser and limits the oxygen necessary to burn structural members. It also acts as a massive heat sink.
Treated with an environmentally-friendly, naturally-occurring fire-retardant, Eco-Insulation is fire-tested under SANS 428 (SA Bureau of Standards) and officially rated as B/B1/2, meaning no spread of flame.    
  Snug and safe in the roof!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


South African home owners or developers are pressed hard by the rising energy costs and the new building regulations that govern the use of energy for new buildings and major refits.
So in the case of energy efficient homes and refits, clients are looking for energy saving products such as Eco-Insulation, that are economical to install and offer huge energy saving benefits. This is great news for all those who are building or developing. An energy saving solution is at hand.

Eco-Insulation offers a turnkey professional installation service and so is highly favoured by many of our clients. The product is pumped and sprayed into the roof. Our teams are also trained to remove any old collapsed insulation batts from the site and oversee its approved dumping. This is particularly important in the case of glass fibre, which is noxious to work with and provides a problem to contractors on site.
Eco-Insulation, the green roofing insulation brand, is very easy to have installed. There is no DIY option so the professional, quality assured route is the only way to go. Our unique product is simply pumped into place in the attic where is fills every conceivable void. A recent photoshoot done at an installation site demonstrates this process very graphically:

Special care is taken to insulate the ceiling inspection cover and ensure no product finds its way into the room below.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Control Downlighter Fire Risk in the Roof

The issue of downlights and finding a suitable barrier and installation method remains an ongoing challenge to contractors.
Worse still is the fact that many installers of downlights themselves to not adhere to the rules about installing downlights in the vicinity of roof structure elements e.g. purlins. Fires have even occurred even in the absence of insulation, where just the wooden structural members begins to char owing to the excessive heat created mainly by halogen downlight globes and even within 240-12 v transformers.
The topic has come more to the fore in recent months with the involvement of TIASA that are now establishing a technical working committee to evolve governing standards for their members. The problem is not unique to South Africa, in the UK suitable approved fire resistant covers are a mandatory requirement with insulation installations. When Australia adopted new Energy Efficiency legislation a few years back and introduced a free insulation scheme for domestic households it enticed a lot of fly by night operators into the insulation industry, some of these operators did not adhere to appropriate guidelines resulting in close to 90 fires and ultimately led to the resignation of the then Federal Environmental Minister Peter Garrett.

Eco-Insulation has devised some special solutions to control the downlighter fire hazard. The devices pictured below were designed, built and patented by Eco Cape Town.

Making ready for the installation of downlighter protector. Note - proximity of the wooden cross-member.
Note - patent Eco-Cape Town

A completed installation - note how hot air is vented out into the roofspace.

Monday, May 14, 2012


Eco-Insulation has launched a new advertising campaign aimed at professionals - architects, developers, green building specialists and designers. Look out for our bold new ad that addresses Energy Efficiency in Housing Projects.

Give us a call to help with advising your housing project on energy savings!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


 At the 4th Annual Convention of the Green Building Council of SA held in Cape Town last year, encouraging residential green building retrofit projects were announced by  GBCSA CEO Brian Wilkinson, including a British High Commission-sponsored green street retrofit in KZN, coinciding with the COP 17 held in Durban.

As a GBCSA Member, Eco-Insulation, is involved in the production of green thermal insulation building material from recycled commercial cellulose waste streams. The greening of South Africa's underdeveloped low-cost housing sector represents a major opportunity to get it right, first time. Green street projects are steps in the right direction. We are encouraged by this development.

 Eco-Insulation believes that the usage of our product above the ceiling, within the cavity or even under the floor will contribute significantly to a favourable rating of future building projects – “designed” and “as built”.

We base these claims on the following facts about our product:
  • As a recycled cellulose material the product is effectively upcycled, leaving minimal environmental footprint during manufacture thanks to its low energy mechanical process – meaning low embodied energy.
  • 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 ÂșC cooler, and considerably warmer in winter.
  • It is readily recycled when no longer needed in situ.
  • In the case where downcycling is the only option, it can be put to use in various agricultural applications. Significantly, it is one of few insulating materials to be fully biodegradable.
  • Eco-Insulation is a zero-emission product. It is safe to have in the home. This is a major advantage over many composite insulation offerings in the market.
  • Well-suited to mass housing development projects. Eco-Insulation's sun-contractors can service multiple housing units during a single visit. The product is seamlessly pumped into place and once installed, settles and forms a high-performance thermal protection layer that conforms to the requirements of SANS 10400 XA Codes on demand.
Eco-Insulation is approved under SABS 1381-6 and therefore displays the SABS mark.
Specifiers be warned: Advertising a product as being “SABS tested” does not mean that the product is SABS approved. Only products carrying the SABS mark comply with the relevant standard. Eco-Insulation proudly displays the SABS Certification Mark. It also carries a fire rating of  B/B1/2, meaning no spread of flame.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Recently our good friends at Infixion Media were so impressed with our brand that they granted us a free ad in the prestigious Specifier Magazine by way of alerting their valued readers to the opportunities offered by Eco-Insulation in countering the shocking price increases in electricity that have spiraled over the past 2 years and will hit South Africa again this year.

So not only is Eco-Insulation the sensible green choice in sustainable building materials, it also can result in an immediate reduction in electricity costs, once installed.

Now is there any good reason why Eco-Insulation should not be specified? I think not!

You can view our slightly controversial, but fun ad that Specifier Magazine placed for us, freely, here:

Monday, February 27, 2012


Inside the massive outer wall structure of the Castle of Good Hope, there has been for many years a workplace environmental problem. Highly thermal conductive dark coloured roof material with very poor insulative properties covering high thermal mass structure = a cooking pot of alarming efficiency. This means unproductive heat in the office through summer and chilly winters once the inside walls had cooled to ambient. Some years back planners addressed the problem by adding resin-bonded fibre insulation faced with foil under cement tiles. Indeed this brought a measure of relief to building occupants. However some 20 years on the glass fibre based material installed had collapsed, material density went up and R-values went down.

The formula that governs the relationship between R-value, material type and density is complex, but in essence, a material's thermal conductivity (the inverse of R-value) is proportional to its density. Therefore high density = good thermal conductor = poor insulator. This is why dormant air is a superb insulator and the best insulating materials are low density substances that entrap a large volume of dormant air.
A professional assessment of the situation quickly identified that the problem was all in the roof and with the existing insulation that no longer met mimimum standard R-values hence presenting a problem. Richard Ellis, the principal agent in the CT Eco-Insulation franchise recommended Eco-Insulation be pumped to the maximum possible depth of 110 mm provided the existing collapsed insulating product be removed. This was agreed, and the company asked to purge the old foil faced glass wool insulation from inside the roof space. The ceiling is a vaulted style therefore sloping at an angle.
The result is a much cooler building that affords maximum protection against the ingress of the summer heat.
The tricky job of removing old, collapsed glass wool insulation is not one to be relished. The Eco-Insulation team has developed safe and effective methodologies for removal and disposal. Call us for details.
 Removing old non-performing glass wool. Notice, it was the foil-face variety, but nonetheless non-performing.

Monday, January 16, 2012


You can't keep a good project down. Successful stories keep breeding further success. The South African Large Telescope installation by Richard Ellis and his team was listed as a finalist in the Top Ten projects by the Southern African Energy Efficiency Association.

Here, this story has been carried by Leading Architecture and Design Journal, a top quality magazine that speaks to the design and architectural community. The magazine is published by a division of Media 24.


Read for yourselves (click on the photo to open and size in in a new screen):