In short, no. It isn't. Because of its natural strength and durability, fibreglass is an excellent choice for those seeking energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly building materials for residential or commercial applications.
We're thrilled to report that Fibreglass Composites are more sustainable than concrete, iron, and steel. Composites get the tick of approval across all three categories including for their 'green footprint'.
Main aspects of sustainability
Sustainability is often measured across three main aspects, these are:
Social – this includes items like safety, security and convenience,
Environmental – things like energy consumption, emissions, waste, and virgin material use. This is what we call the ‘green footprint’.
Economic – includes purchase price, transport, life cycle, repair and maintenance costs and return on investment.
Some things can cross over more than one category. For example, when we measure how sustainable composites are in relation to transport, they can fall under all three categories:
Economic (lighter weight = lower transport costs per unit)
Environmental (lighter weight = more efficient transportation, less equipment needed at installation, reduced traffic congestion due to quicker installation)
Social (lighter weight = easier to handle during transport = safety)
Sustainability starts with sand
Sustainability starts with sand ─ an abundant natural resource The main ingredient in fibreglass is glass. Since glass is made from sand ─ an abundant, natural, non-depleting resource ─ fibreglass is a highly-sustainable solution.
Can you recycle fibreglass?
With the advent of technology, it is now possible to recycle most items, fibreglass included. The recycled fibreglass can be included in the manufacture of outdoor furniture, bus seats, spray insulation, boats, and many other items.
Fibreglass is a natural choice when you're seeking energy-efficient, green, sustainable solutions.
Due to its composition, fibreglass is known for its very low embodied energy ─ the total energy required to produce a product from the raw materials stage through the delivery of fibreglass products.