The swamp plant commonly known as a cattail has been successfully processed into a panel that can be used to replace insulation in homes and commercial buildings. The process was so successful in fact that a patent has been applied for.
It has another benefit, according to scientists, that may make it even more popular. In building projects using recycled materials are an important part of getting a building “Green” certification. How about one using a product that not only is a great insulator but growing its main ingredient in swamp areas has been proven to reduce carbon dioxide emissions? Drained lowland moors in Europe contribute to greenhouse emissions and using these areas to grow cattails will reduce those emissions.
In addition this insulator is light, permeable, fireproof, and soundproof and it has properties that make using a vapor barrier with this insulator unnecessary. All of the work performed on this innovation so far have been in Europe as this easily grown plant is much more available there than in the west. With the many lowlands in America though you can certainly expect we should be able to turn some wasted areas around if this plant can grow here.
The plant itself grows quickly but turning it into panels is not done as easily. At present no manufacturer has invented a way to process these panels on a large scale, but they are working on it. It seems a worthwhile effort especially when you consider all the advantages the product brings to the table.
Current choices for insulation remain the same for now and here at Contractors Solutions we have many hand tools available for you to use in your framing and insulating work. Check out our Balklader work pants with knee pads for those insulation jobs you do in close areas with little head room. Grab a pair today for that next attic or crawlspace job - you’ll be glad you did, and so will your knees.