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21st Aug 2022

Architect Africa Online

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Glasswool insulation for warmth and comfort

Aerolite is made from Glasswool which is made from a combination of naturally occurring silica sand, fluxing agents and up to 80% recycled glass.

At Saint-Gobain we believe in building and renovating homes in a way that results in greater levels of comfort, health and wellbeing, with the emphasis on environmental concerns when enhancing your own urban habitat. Households account for a significant portion of energy consumption – mostly to provide heating and cooling, but much of this energy is wasted due to inefficient systems and designs.

Aerolite is made from Glasswool which is made from a combination of naturally occurring silica sand, fluxing agents and up to 80% recycled glass. Glasswool has a Zero Ozone Depleting Potential (ODP) in both manufacture and composition and Zero Global Warming Potential (GWP). Isover Glasswool is manufactured locally and tested according to the quality system at Isover South Africa. In the production of each glasswool product 95% of the raw material used are sourced locally with 5% imported. Thanks to its impressive recovery qualities, Aerolite can be compressed to as little as one-tenth of its original thickness. This saves on storage and transportation costs as well as further reduces environmental footprint.

Plasterboard together with Aerolite non-combustible glasswool insulation installed in your ceiling will maintain a comfortable temperature inside your home by creating a heat flow barrier between the roof finish and the ceiling. Enhancing thermal properties means that your house will be warm in winter and cool in summer, which is not only important for health, well-being and productivity at home, but it’s environmentally friendly as well.

Peace and quiet is essential to relaxation, healing and concentration, and for those seeking acoustic comfort, effective sound insulation is a necessity. Protection from external noise adds to the sense of security and privacy in your home, enhancing overall comfort. Sound can also affect your mood and wellbeing, and if your household is busy with multi-functional spaces and several activities co-existing, it’s beneficial to manage acoustics, especially if you have an open plan design.

According to a survey by Saint-Gobain, acoustic and thermal comfort is important to 91% of respondents and people want their homes to be quiet and consistently temperate all year round.


South Africa’s mounting energy crisis means that we all need to think of innovative ways to save electricity in our homes. Buildings typically account for 40% of all energy consumed in South Africa. 78% of a building’s energy consumption for space heating, cooling and hot water services can be saved through a combination of proper insulation and other y  techniques.

With the increasing cost of energy, and the lack of resources, it’s worth making improvements to your ceiling, which will not only enhance interior comfort without costing you more on electricity, but also add value to your home.


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