AbrigA are developing thermal and acoustical insulation blankets made with rough and discarded sheep wool, to improve energy efficiency and comfort in buildings.
Rough thick sheep wool from breeds that are used for meat production has no value for the textile industry. This wool must be burned, buried or delivered as part of the shearing payment. Even more, in recent decades the construction industry is demanding ever so more energy, mostly for heating and air condition. A house with no insulation would consume four times more than an insulated one. Architects, constructors and average customers are looking for a healthy and natural insulation option.
The team of AbrigA decided to find one solution for the aforementioned problems by using typically unutilized sheep wool for the generation of insulation blankets. Sheep wool is natural, renewable, sustainable, biodegradable, socially traceable and retains low soaked energy, making it a suitable fit for construction purposes. Their technology reduces energy consumption thanks to finding old carding machines which they repurpose and feed with renewable solar energy.
In addition, this technology has the potential to establish a new value chain from small producers or family farming, with social and economic benefits from the creation of new rural jobs.