Ecological Building Systems has introduced Thermo Hemp Combi Jute in Ireland and the UK. Manufactured in Germany, this natural, flexible insulation material is made from a mixture of upcycled natural jute fibres and carbon negative hemp.
The natural jute fibres are sourced from discarded cocoa and coffee bean bags which have been processed using 100% renewable energy, and then combined with hemp, which is renowned for its ecological credentials. Thermo Hemp Combi Jute therefore combines the best properties of each material to create a unique high-performance insulation product.
Ideal for both new builds and retrofit, Thermo Hemp Combi Jute is safe to handle and requires no special equipment or extra precautions to use. The insulation batts are available in a range of thicknesses from 40mm to 100mm, with widths of either 375mm or 580mm, and are ideal for installation into timber members at 400mm or 600mm centres. For areas which require a greater depth, the batts can be doubled up on top of each other for added insulation.
The high heat storage capacity and low thermal conductivity of both jute and hemp assist in ensuring a building is warmer and more cost effective to heat during winter months, but also less likely to overheat in summer. Thermo Hemp Combi Jute also provides effective soundproofing and has attained a Class A sound absorption rating according to EN ISO 11654. Thermo Hemp Combi Jute also has full European Technical Approval (ETA) which verifies its performance characteristics.
Between now and 2050, embodied carbon will be the driving force of carbon emissions from buildings. Substituting building materials with a high embodied energy for more environmentally benign solutions such as Thermo Hemp Combi Jute is an effective way for homeowners and specifiers to reduce upfront carbon emissions from our buildings.