Victoria’s famous Pink Batts have gone green with the commissioning of the world’s leading energy-efficient furnaces and other climate change measures
Along with its significant energy savings and emissions reductions, Fletcher Insulation’s Dandenong plant incorporates up to 70 percent recycled glass content in the insulation manufactured and total water savings and reclamation measures.
Chris Ellis, chief executive of the Fletcher Building Products group, says, “This significant industry milestone represents a new era in ‘World’s Best Practice’ and sustainable manufacturing and investment for the global insulation industry. The home-grown INTECH technology was developed in Victoria from Australian technology for use in the manufacture of glasswool insulation for the building and automotive industry. Due to its superior environmental credentials and manufacturing efficiencies, the furnace technology has been sold to manufacturers around the world.
“In North America this includes the largest international insulation manufacturer, Owens Corning, which is using the technology in several of its plants,” adds Ellis.
The Dandenong plant produces 42 percent of the glasswool used in Australia. It provides a total annual income of over $8 million for the 164 full-time and part-time staff employed at the plant. Fletcher Insulation (Vic) Pty Ltd has worked with the local Environmental Protection Agency to improve the entire manufacturing process and ensure the plant remains viable.
According to Ellis, “The investment is part of a continuous improvement of the Dandenong plant’s environmental footprint and commercial viability. Further investment is also planned to enhance this.”
It is estimated that a Victorian house that relies on electricity for its heating and cooling will save around eight tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per annum by including Pink Batts insulation in the walls and ceilings.
For further information
Fletcher Insulation (Vic) Pty Ltd
Factory 1, Lot 2, Jarrah Drive, Braeside Vic 3195
Tel: 03 9580 6900