In Favor of Wood-Fiber Insulation
Learn about the benefits, properties, and installation methods of this unique insulation developed in Germany by companies like Gutex, STEICO, and Best Wood SCHNEIDER.
Synopsis: Contributing editor Michael Maines describes the introduction of wood-fiber insulation, first produced in Europe, to residential building. Wood-fiber insulation is made from softwood chips with either a wet or dry method, and the composition varies depending on the product type: batt, board, or blown. Maines explains the different applications and installation methods as well as the wood-fiber insulation products currently in the market, and their manufacturers and distributors.
What would you say if you were told that there is a type of insulation made from a renewable resource that performs well and is both water resistant and vapor-open? Plus, it doesn’t make you itch, it has zero VOCs, and it has an exceptionally low carbon footprint compared to other insulation materials. You may have heard of wood-fiber insulation board—also called low-density fiber board (LDF)—but you probably haven’t used it yet. Maybe you should.