For the environment

Making your home more energy efficient is an easy and proven way to reduce your carbon footprint.

Reducing your carbon footprint

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has identified that buildings represent around 40% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions (due to the energy they consume). Making your home more energy efficient is an important step towards reducing your carbon footprint.

The “carbon” in your carbon footprint is carbon dioxide, and evidence suggests that it is one of the main contributors to global warming and climate change. So what can we do?

One of the best places to start is by reducing your heating and cooling energy use, which can be as much as 38% of your total home energy requirements. A recent global report* declared, “Insulation is the most cost effective way to address greenhouse gas abatement.”

A Bradford home incorporates a whole-of-home approach to help maintain a more comfortable temperature all year round. You‘ll also be less reliant on your energy-hungry heating and cooling appliances.

Environment

How much greenhouse gas is expelled each year?

In residential homes alone, it is estimated that we are expelling over 70,000,000 tonnes annually – an amount projected to increase each year.

By installing R3.5 Bradford Gold ceiling batts, an average uninsulated Australian home will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by around 850kg every year. That’s great news for the environment and you’ll be smiling too when you see the savings on your energy bills.

Environmental benefits of Bradford products

Bradford glasswool is made from up to 80% recycled glass content. It comes from recycled bottles which are not suitable for recycling in flat or container glass manufacture. This means that our products not only reduce the demand for sought after natural resources but also help in freeing up landfill space.

With regards to our manufacturing processes, Bradford aims to be environmentally sustainable and is continually finding better ways to utilise new technology that can reduce our greenhouse emissions.

Bradford glasswool has also been tested and found to contain no ozone depletion substances.

Upgrade for a greener future

The Building Code of Australia has set minimum energy efficiency requirements for all homes in Australia. Whilst installing insulation to meet these requirements will help contribute to a more energy efficient and environmentally friendly home, we can always do more.

Overseas – in climate zones equivalent to Australia – the minimum energy efficiency requirements are much higher, meaning greater comfort and more energy savings. In fact, if Australians were to insulate their homes in accordance with US building codes (for similar climate zones), only our Bradford R6.0 Gold batts would comply.

* A Cost Curve for Greenhouse Gas Reduction, Per-Anders Enkvist, Tomas Naucler and Jerker Rosander. 2007

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