Havelock Wool and 475 High Performance Building Supply Join Forces to Create ‘Smart Walls’ for Healthier Spaces

Smart Wall Havelock Wools

Havelock Wool, a provider of wool insulation solutions, in partnership with 475 High Performance Building Supply, has introduced the ‘Smart Wall’, a smart enclosure system made of highly efficient, durable and sustainable products, including Havelock Wool sheep’s wool insulation, Pro Clima membranes and Gutex insulation board.

The Smart Wall was conceived and developed by green entrepreneurs Andrew Legge and Lucas Johnson to improve indoor air quality while protecting health and the planet. Constructed using non-toxic materials, the enclosure system uses existing and new technology to generate an airtight, energy efficient and long-lasting building envelope that delivers comfort and healthier air without the risk of rot, mold or other maintenance and health concerns.

“Most walls are built with toxic materials and end up being vapor retarded or, in many cases, what we refer to as ‘vapor-closed,’” said Johnson, a Seattle-based consultant for 475 High Performance Building Supply. “These walls trap moisture and are almost impossible to dry out. This can cause accelerated structural decay, and cultivation of mold and contaminants, which can lead to costly repairs and recurrent respiratory and flu-like symptoms – a high price to pay.”

Another recently identified effect of compromised indoor air is decreased cognitive function. A 2015 Harvard study found that occupants in buildings with low volatile organic compound (VOC) levels scored 61 percent higher on a test measuring critical thinking prowess than those in buildings with conventional VOC levels. When higher ventilation rates were added to the equation, scores were 101 percent higher.

“We spend as much as 90 percent of our time indoors, so buildings have a unique ability to influence our physical health and cognitive performance,” said Andrew Legge, founder of Havelock Wool, which is pioneering the use of sheep’s wool in the U.S. as a natural building material. “The quality of air that we breathe matters. And, it matters for business owners too, because when employees can think clearly, productivity and the bottom line are improved.”

Sustainable, recyclable and biodegradable, natural wool insulation is highly effective for both…

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