Natural Wool Insulation from Oregon

Insulation is one tough nut to crack. As if you don’t already have several options and factors to consider, I thought I’d mention one more: natural wool insulation by Oregon Shepherd.  The company makes batt (PermaBatt) and loose fill (PermaLoft) insulation products, and they both look pretty impressive on paper.  Oregon Shepard believes they have the “only loose fill, blown-in wool insulation in the world.

The product is fire resistant, vermin resistant, mold resistant, non-toxic, and soft “like a cloud.“  It’s safe to install and recyclable, renewable, and natural, according to the company.

But if you’re looking at price alone, this insulation is more expensive than fiberglass.  Oregon Shepherd sells the product for about $2.75 per pound.  For R13 (3.2 inches), the cost is approximately $0.67 per square foot.

With these attributes at this price — and the popularity of green building these days — one would think that business is good in Oregon.  Indeed, it is.  The company experienced 300% growth in the last 12 months.

For more information, check the Oregon Shepard website or request a sample online.

Credits: Oregon Shepherd.


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  • http://twitter.com/EcoHomeStore Eco Home Store

    My questions is how is it blown in? Looks intriguing. Also, it is definitely renewable.

  • http://bruteforcecollaborative.com/ brute force collaborative

    sheeps wool has been utilized on a number of projects in the EU. it does has a larger embodied energy than cellulose for the same R-value.

    there are also a number of people who refuse to wear wool because they consider shearing and mulesing barbaric.

    • dan

      Shearing might also be considered a haircut. A mohawk would be barbaric, unless the sheep are punkers. As an aside, wool carpeting kills dust mites, so this insulation can’t be too different.

      • http://www.facebook.com/tsun.wu.12 Tsun Wu

        I always thought that carpet harboured mites which was why I’m iffy on wool insulation. Could you please elaborate on this Dan?

    • dan

      Shearing might also be considered a haircut. A mohawk would be barbaric, unless the sheep are punkers. As an aside, wool carpeting kills dust mites, so this insulation can’t be too different.

    • dan

      Shearing might also be considered a haircut. A mohawk would be barbaric, unless the sheep are punkers. As an aside, wool carpeting kills dust mites, so this insulation can’t be too different.

  • http://www.tontineinsulation.com.au Insulation batts

    wool insulation is very good and effective insulation. different people have different thinking
    about these products, but i think when it come for your home, you should go
    only for best quality product.

     

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