Rockwool gained insight in true cost of insulation

08/11/2014

The consultants of Tebodin in the Netherlands worked on the development of a framework for the true cost of insulation together with Rockwool. During this study they discovered an international standard to value the social cost of noise pollution. The disability-adjusted life year (DALY) is measured as overall disease burden, expressed as the number of years lost due to ill-health, disability or early death. The social cost of noise pollution in the Netherlands is estimated on 2,5 billion a year and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) expects that these costs will increase in the future in urban areas. The direct costs of fires in buildings are about 850 million a year. However the indirect costs of fire are estimated 5 to 50 times higher by insurance companies. 

Rockwool launched its first Corporate Social Responsibility Report (Tebodin in CSR report) at their CSR event in June in Roermond, the Netherlands.

With the insights of the study and our experience with circular economy Tebodin and Rockwool developed a simple tool for all stakeholders in the building industry to take the true costs into account. During Rockwool’s Corporate Social Responsibility event Tebodin presented the tool (see video stakeholder dialogue Tebodin) and started the discussion with stakeholders. Mariska van Dalen, senior consultant sustainability, gave the first issue to Prince Carlos de Bourbon who reacted enthusiastically on this tool for stakeholders. Rockwool and Tebodin will continue the discussion and aim to develop a manifest for circular building processes. For more info on the tool and the potential in the industry to save energy see Rockwool’s international website click here.