OTTAWA, Ontario - The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) Canada announced its members have volunteered to target a 10 percent per volume reduction of electricity consumption in their Ontario plants.

NAIMA members made this commitment in support of the government of Ontario's goal of 10 percent electricity reduction by January 2007.

The manufacture of fiberglass, rock wool, and slag wool insulation has included increasingly sophisticated technology to reduce energy consumption.

A pound of fiberglass, rock wool, or slag wool insulation saves more than 12 times the amount of energy used to produce it in the first year and continues to save that much energy for the life of the building in which it is installed.

Manufacturers also use closed-loop water recycling systems to eliminate wastewater effluent discharges and have instituted new controls to substantially limit air emissions from their plants.

Owens Corning Canada and Roxul Inc., members of NAIMA Canada that manufacture in Ontario, will continue to put in place environmentally sound processes that are intended to help them meet this 10 percent reduction target.

"Our members volunteered to make this commitment because it is the right thing to do," said Stephen Koch, executive director of NAIMA Canada. "We continually look for ways to reduce energy consumption in our plants, just as we continually look for ways to help consumers save more energy through proper use of thermal insulation. We are proud to support the government's goal with one of our own."

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Publication date: 10/10/2005