Condensation is one of the biggest challenges facing the building industry today. Excess moisture can not only have a detrimental effect on the structure of a building but it is also a root cause of mould which can have an adverse affect on the welfare of its inhabitants.
Natuwool is a hygroscopic fibre and is therefore able to absorb, store and release moisture faster than most other materials. Natuwool can absorb over 35% of its own weight in moisture without significant changes to thermal performance, whereas the thermal performance of man-made mineral fibre insulation deteriorates when condensation is present. Sheep’s wool insulation is ideally suited to timber frame structures as it has a natural synergy with wood. The sheep wool fibres draw out the moisture, conditioning the wood and act as a ‘buffer’ to protect the fabric of the building.
Independent research clearly illustrates that as moisture levels increase no significant changes to thermal conductivity will occur. This consistency demonstrates the versatility of sheep’s wool insulation and an ability to cope in contrasting environments and levels of humidity.
Landfill is not a Sustainable Option
Sheep’s wool is biodegradable and therefore can be composted into the ground to enrich the soil and remain part of the earth’s natural cycle. Sheep’s wool insulation can be recycled or incinerated to produce additional energy, whereas man-made mineral fibre materials currently have no practical recycling system in place and can only be properly disposed of into landfill sites.
Building Towards a Brighter Future
Black Mountain has a factory dedicated to manufacturing natural insulations. The factory requires minimal energy to operate and is one of the most modern in Europe. Our Natuwool insulation has over 90% wool content – providing high performance and maximum benefit to the end user.
The British sheep wool industry produces over 2.1 million tons of wool each year. To manufacture Black Mountain sheep wool insulation, we use ‘waste’ wools that are rejected by other industries, and would otherwise be rendered useless. Ease of Application
Black Mountain sheep’s wool insulation is safe to handle without protective clothing. Some man-made mineral fibre materials are unpleasant to handle and require the use of protective garments, masks and eyewear to be safely installed or removed.
The product is available in roll or batt form and can be easily cut to fit unconventional shapes. Rolls are ideal for minimising installation time and batts are effective where limited space is an issue. Natuwool insulation can be applied over existing insulation to avoid disturbing existing fibres – however, it is still advised to wear a mask to prevent the inhalation of dust or any debris already present.
Energy prices have risen dramatically in recent years, encouraging traditional property home owners to consider the benefits of insulating their homes. It is sometimes difficult for older properties to maximise energy conservation whilst preserving the fabric of the building. High ceilings and solid walls are key sources for heat loss and draughts, causing unnecessary energy expense. By allowing the structure to breathe whilst maintaining thermal resistance, natural insulations help to conserve the building, improve indoor air quality and maximise thermal efficiency.
Indoor Air Quality
Black Mountain Natuwool has a unique ability to absorb noxious gases emitted from some building products e.g. formaldehyde; a carcinogenic gas emitted from various man-made building materials. Wool permanently locks up these gases which help to protect residents from a number of health risks.
A lack of ‘breathability’ in buildings can cause various problems, including health issues as a result of damp and mould. The term ‘breathable wall’ refers to a structure’s ability to manage internal moisture levels, providing a more comfortable internal environment.
Durability and Longevity
The resilient nature of sheep wool fibres combined with the high natural fibre content used in Black Mountain Natuwool insulation ensures that our product will maintain its structure throughout the life of a building.
Compression testing has highlighted that Black Mountain Natuwool insulation has an excellent recovery rate within the first 24 hours of installation, whereas other alternatives may take longer to reach their full gauge. Sheep wool fibres are naturally very durable – a single wool fibre is stronger than steel of the same diameter. This resilience enables the product to maintain its original structure whilst in-transit and is a great solution for pre-fabricated buildings.
Realistically loft insulation will be disturbed periodically throughout the life time of a building and it is therefore important to ensure that these disturbances do not have a detrimental effect on the thermal performance of the insulation. Sheep wool insulation is resistant to compaction, unlike some alternatives that will compact over time and compromise thermal conductivity. This longevity ensures that Black Mountain sheep wool insulation will continue to perform to a high standard throughout the building’s lifespan.
Black Mountain sheep wool insulation achieves a fire performance rating of Euro Class E which ensures that the material is flame retardant.
All our wool is washed and treated to make it fire safe. This means that the product will not cause or exacerbate a fire.
Installation & Application
Natuwool insulation is flexible and ideal for use in confined spaces. This ease of use makes the installation process faster and more efficient. Black Mountain sheep wool insulation is ideally suited to timber frame structures and can be applied to:
Widths & Dimensions
Older properties generally fail to meet current new-build dimensions. Therefore the resizing required for an exact fit is usually time consuming and produces a substantial amount of waste material.
Black Mountain provides a bespoke sizing service for larger projects – minimising installation time, eliminating waste material and reducing overall cost.
We reserve the right to make alterations to our technical specifications and literature content at any time.
Sheep wool insulation matches the following standards for loft, rafter and internal wall thermal requirements as follows:
L1, L2 – Table 1
|Scotland|| Technical Standard|
|Northern Ireland||Technical Booklet|
F –Table 1.2/1.4
Performance & Technical Standards
Euro Class E
|Condensation||BS 5250: 1989|
|Thermal Conductivity||0.039 W/m°K|
|Density||19 kg m³|
|ODP* GWP* Zero||Zero|