Kirkland camper manufacturer cozies up to wool insulation provider for eco-friendly solution

Kirkland camper manufacturer cozies up to wool insulation provider for eco-friendly solution

A Kirkland camper manufacturer has signed an agreement with Havelock Wool to insulate all of its eco-friendly trailers with sheep’s wool instead of foam board.

The partnership comes after Homegrown Trailers outfitted some of its newest mobile units with the all-natural product and decided wool was a better solution than the polystyrene panels used in the company’s inaugural designs.

New Wall System Developed Using Organic Wool Insulation

New Wall System Developed Using Organic Wool Insulation

People are smart, and people breathe, but most of us wouldn't think the same of the walls that surround our living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens.

A couple of building professionals are trying to change that perception with what they believe is the smartest, most breathable wall ever developed.

Nature’s Choice

Nature’s Choice

At first glance, the photo is unsettling: A child inside a newly constructed home, not just playing near insulation, but sticking her arms inside of it. For Andrew Legge, founder of Sparks, Nevada–based Havelock Wool, the image encapsulates what sets his product apart from the rest. “Who takes their kids around insulation? No one,” says Legge, referring to the photo on his insulation company’s pamphlet.

INSULATING HOMES WITH NATURAL SHEEP'S WOOL

INSULATING HOMES WITH NATURAL SHEEP'S WOOL

Havelock Wool is pioneering the use of unaltered sheep’s wool as an environmentally-friendly and renewable insulation material for U.S. homes and buildings

Wool has been keeping both sheep and humans warm for centuries. But now one company is using shorn sheep’s wool to give fiberglass and foam insulation a run for their money.

What inspired Havelock Wool?

I started Havelock Wool with another American who has a similar love for all things New Zealand. The farmers there were looking for new markets and uses for their wool, and the American market—which generates only 1% of the global annual yield of wool—is a great place to introduce this time-tested, high-quality natural product.

Is the insulation clothing-grade wool? Our friends in New Zealand think we’re using better wool than necessary to effectively insulate homes, but it carries a significantly higher fiber diameter than Merino wool and is more coarse. This means that it’s comfortable to the touch but not as soft as Merino wool, which is prized for its comfort.

What do Gymnasts and the problems with insulation have in common?

Below is an excerpt from a recent piece from our friends @greensciencepolicyinstitute.  They are on a mission to rid the world of halogenated bromide chemicals and any/all associated 'substitutes'.  Their recent post is one more folks should know about.  

Gymnasts' High Exposure

During the Olympics, millions marveled at the skill and daring of gymnasts like Simone Biles. We know that gymnasts expose themselves to physical dangers, but surprisingly they are also highly exposed to harmful flame retardants when they practice. High levels of flame retardants have been measured in the air, dust, and foam in U.S. gyms-and also in the bodies of gymnasts. A recent study found that the flame retardants used in gyms' pit cubes are also in gymnasts after they practiced. Study author Dr. Courtney Carignan said, "Training in a foam pit is essentially like swimming in flame retardants." Exposure to these chemicals has been associated with reproductive, neurological, and hormonal impairments, as well as with cancer.  The question is, "Are flame retardants needed, given the potential for health harm?" 

Learn more here.

The proliferation of foam insulation means more and more of these chemicals are entering our live/work spaces; adversely affecting all of us.  There are other options.

 

WALL SYSTEMS ARE COOL, GETTING COOLER

High performance building is making more and more sense.  Our positions are clear concerning the span from disingenuous marketing dollars supporting garbage products to a need to reduce waist as landfills finite life is closing in.  

We need to build smarter and make our structures more efficient.  Foam is not the answer.  Smart membranes may well be.  That in mind, why not compliment such an effort with smart insulation? 

We're making an exception to talk our own book given a high level of excitement to be collaborating with @foursevenfive as there is some really exciting potential to build intelligently.  See here for more and join us the meaningful and useful effort @havelockwool.com

WEAK LAWS AND WEAKER GOVERNANCE KEEP TOXIC CHEMICALS ON THE MARKET.....by Eve Gartner @ EARTHJUSTICE

We recently wrote about the broad public support for a petition to ban a class of toxic organohalogen flame retardants from consumer products. “Wait a minute,” you might be thinking. “Doesn’t the government already regulate chemicals for safety?” The fact of the matter is that we know certain chemicals are toxic and yet they are still in use.  Flame retardants, which migrate out of common household items leading to widespread exposures, are a prime example.

Click here for the full article.

Passive House California

Who knew insulation might attract an audience? Perhaps the location and its aptitude to serve alcohol has something (read everything) to do with it!! Nevertheless, we are honored to be included on the Passive House California New & Natural Products Panel - Wool, Hemp, Cork on 31 May at the Pyramid Alehouse and Brewery in Berkely. 

Click here for more information. 

A Circular Reference to Wool

As we ring in Lunar New Year and the Year of the Sheep it is appropriately coincidental to have recently visited Chipping Campden where in the middle ages wool made the Cotswolds one of the wealthier parts of England.  Local lore argues the first wool capital of the world encircled the corner of Sheep & High St.

As we ring in Lunar New Year and the Year of the Sheep it is appropriately coincidental to have recently visited Chipping Campden where in the middle ages wool made the Cotswolds one of the wealthier parts of England.  Local lore argues the first wool capital of the world encircled the corner of Sheep & High St.

Reduced numbers of sheep notwithstanding, wool continues to be well understood though surprisingly only rumored as insulation.  This was interesting given the well publicized usage in British Parliament to the South and Edinburgh Castle to the North.   Ah well, tis only inspiration to make more noise to the West and across the pond!

Reduced numbers of sheep notwithstanding, wool continues to be well understood though surprisingly only rumored as insulation.  This was interesting given the well publicized usage in British Parliament to the South and Edinburgh Castle to the North.   Ah well, tis only inspiration to make more noise to the West and across the pond!

SHAMELESS PLUG!!

Shameless plugs are not our thing, though we did want to note a potential first.  The arrival of a highly coveted piece of art or a new perrin and rowe faucet may well invoke a giddy smile from any would-be recipient.  Would one expect similar sentiment from any kind of insulation product?  Absolutely not.  Are we delighted to have defied the odds on a recent drop-off?  ABSOLUTELY.  What’s next a plexi-glass covered cavity to allow for an occasional glance at some of New Zealand’s finest?