For over 75 years, the Black Forest family-owned and operated company GUTEX Holzfaserplattenwerk GmbH + Co KG has produced insulating board from wood at its plant in Waldshut-Tiengen, Germany. GUTEX is an established brand name for fibreboard manufactured from wood.
The raw material for all GUTEX insulation boards comes solely from wood that is harvested and grown using sustained forestry management practices. It is obtained as chips and shavings from sawmills located near the GUTEX plant, another feature that makes the products even more environment-friendly.
GUTEX insulation is suitable for both new buildings and the renovation of older buildings. It may be used in thermal insulation composite systems for building facades or as wall insulation for vented facades as well as over-rafter and between-rafter insulation to complement already existing above-rafter sarking.
It provides highly suitable insulation of ceilings between storeys and insulation of the inner sides of exterior walls. GUTEX insulation products are also ideal for use as impact soundproofing of floors, acoustic underlay for wood floors and insulation of cavities in which plumbing and electrical lines are installed.
GUTEX insulation boards possess all the virtues you would expect from an ecological modern insulation material.
GUTEX produces its soft boards using the most modern environment-friendly manufacturing technique (dry process) available.
GUTEX’s market and quality leadership are largely attributable to its ability to produce single-ply insulation boards in up to 240 mm thickness, eliminating the need for multiple layers of lamination.
In addition, the boards have an extremely homogeneous bulk density and exceptional compressive strength.
The raw material for all GUTEX insulation boards, chiefly fir and spruce, comes from wood that is harvested and grown near the plant using sustained forestry management practices.
Certificates, such as thenatureplus® seal of quality attest to the boards’ biological safeness.
Advantages for buildings:
GUTEX insulation boards deliver excellent protection against the cold in winter and the heat in summer. In fact, wood has the highest volumetric heat storage capacity of all insulation materials!
Moreover, wood fibreboards are diffusion permeable and regulate moisture, producing a healthy indoor environment.
Thanks to their high volumetric storage capacity and open fibre structure, the boards are ideal for soundproofing applications.
Fire resistance rated building constructions up to F90-B are possible with GUTEX wood fibreboards. And should they burn, GUTEX fibreboards do not emit toxic fumes!
What do Gutex wood fibreboards contain?
All GUTEX insulation boards are made from untreated spruce and fir that is obtained from chips produced using sustainable forestry practices in the southern Black Forest.
Wet process additives: paraffin is used as a hydrophobising agent, white glue is employed to laminate the plies and latex is added to increase the strength.
Dry process additives: polyurethane resin is used as a binding agent and paraffin is the hydrophobising agent.
Why are Gutex wood fibreboards considered ecological products?
First, wood chips, which are the raw materials used to make GUTEX softwood fibreboards, are by-products of the wood making process.
Second, the sawmills from which GUTEX obtains its chips are all located near the plant, translating into less pollution and consumption of fuel thanks to reduced transport distances.
Thirdly, all the products are manufactured from wood obtained through sustained forestry practices.
In addition, GUTEX wood fibreboards are biodegradable and can be recycled, provided they have not been treated with wood preservatives.
Finally, when a tree burns or decomposes, it releases the same amount of CO² into the environment that it had assimilated during its lifespan. GUTEX boards are manufactured from wood chips and shavings and therefore do not increase the level of CO² gas in the atmosphere!
All GUTEX wood fibre insulation products bear the natureplus® mark of quality. The new dry process employs an innovative environment-friendly technology that uses 40% less energy per manufactured metric tonne than the conventional wet technique!
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