Cork – now the greenest building material?

Hand-harvested cork s now being turned into expanded cork for green building insulation

Cork has been around for centuries. Most of us became familiar with it through those cork stoppers on wine bottles which, unfortunately, are rapidly being replaced by plastic. But we’re seeing a growing variety of products made from the bark of this fascinating species of oak tree – grown mainly in the western Mediterranean region of Europe and North Africa.

And none is perhaps more promising and exciting than the expanded cork boardstock insulation made by the Portuguese company Amorim Isolamentos that’s just now being introduced into the North American market.

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