New Building Technology Stuffs Walls with Wool for Better Health

SAN FRANCISCO (April 11, 2017) — People are smart, and people breathe, but most of us wouldn't think the same of the walls that surround our living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms 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.

Called the ‘Smart Wall,’ the system is made of efficient, resilient and sustainable products, including Havelock Wool sheep’s wool insulation, Intello wall lining membranes and Gutex insulation board.

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.

Healthier and smarter decisions in homebuilding

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.