We've a display of our crop-based insulation in the eco-home section of Edinburgh Science Festival's EcoVille on the Mound.
Not as sexy as the electric BMW - but our materials have overwhelmingly the largest positive impact on carbon reduction, the environment and health out of all the products on display combined.
The built environment contributes 50% of global carbon emissions - including materials, construction and heating. (World Green Building Council). It also contributes the most waste, much of which is toxic.
By pulling CO2 out of the air via photosynthesis, our crop-based materials actually lock up more CO2 than was used to produce them - better than zero CO2.
By using 100% natural, fast-growing renewable crops and plant-based 'glues' we've developed, we can reprocess them to make more materials - better than zero waste.
Our crops include hemp, and are all grown in the UK.
An IndiBreathe system outperforms conventional insulation systems - saving you money. It is also less expensive than other natural insulation systems.
Conventional construction uses toxic petrochemicals and glasswools which use a lot of energy to make them - these off-gas toxic volatile organic compounds into your home. They also don't breathe out excess vapour that builds up, making homes damp and mouldy. Our system is 100% natural and, like our traditional buildings used to, safely breathes excess vapour out of your home to keep it healthy.
We don't just make a single insulation product - we make a complete certified wall system which includes boards made from crops. This is a super-insulating system which is able to achieve Passivhaus energy efficiency: saving up to 90% of heating (yes, really, 90%) over the average UK building, or up to 40% over any newly built homes.