Polyester is a safe, non toxic, itch free fiber that because of its non hazardous properties is used extensively in the medical, food, apparel, bedding, carpet & furniture industries, as well as the building industry.
Light weight yet with very high tensile strength, polyester fibers are durable and resistant to most chemicals, stretching, shrinking & mildew.
Naturally hydrophobic & quick drying, means polyester repels water and is largely unaffected by moisture.
Polyester is easily recyclable time & time again, and as the process of recycling polyester does not require large amounts of heat compared to many other products, the net energy saving associated with recycled polyester insulation has a significant positive impact on our planet. Higgins polyester products contain up to 85% recycled drink bottles, which also makes a significant saving on land fill.
For these reasons Polyester is an ideal material for manufacturing insulation from, and Higgins have created a range of thermal an Acoustic insulation products designed to take advantage of these qualities.
The polyester fibers used in Higgins products have Non Allergenic properties and are safe for Asthma sufferers.Higgins polyester insulation products do not contain binders that may deteriorate and crumble over time, or use short or brittle fibers that are prone to breakage and /or easily respirable. Therefore Higgins polyester insulation products do not have the potential to create dust due to fibres or other detritus working their way down through lighting and air conditioning vents in the ceiling.Polyester is one of the types of ﬁbrous insulation recommended by Asthma Foundations Australia for unrestricted in in low allergen or asthma friendly buildings.1. The Asthma Foundation of Western Australia Inc, "Towards the Low Allergen Home", www.asthmawa.org.au2. Asthma Foundation NSW, "Asthma Friendly Children's Services Guidelines", www.asthmansw.org.au.
Referencing the US EPI list of Ozone Depleting Substances (classes 1 & 2), Higgins have conducted an audit and ascertained that no Ozone Depleting Substances are involved in the Higgins Polyester & wool manufacturing process, or as can reasonably be ascertained within the manufacturing and composition of the raw materials used.Higgins polyester products have Zero Ozone Depleting Potential. (ODP)
The manufacturing process for Polyester products at Higgins Insulation does not require the use of any solvents, resins or binders. Therefore there is no residual formaldehyde or other Volatile Organic Compunds (VOC'S) added to the raw materials during the manufacturing process. With polyester itself being a non VOC, the VOC content of Higgins Polyester insulation products is therefore expected to be negligible.
The polyester insulation products made by Higgins Insulation do not contain any raw material with chloride compounds, nor are chloride compounds used in the insulation manufacturing process. There are also no other corrosive chemicals used at any stage of the manufacture of the insulation or the raw materials. Therefore all Higgins Insulation productscan be considered to have non-corrosive properties. All Higgins Insulation products are exempt from the AS4859.1requirement for corrosive testing.
Benefits of Higgins Polyester Insulation:
Up to 85% Recycled polyester fibre
No harmful VOC's (volotile organic compounds)
Does not contain Formaldehyde
Does not contain Phenol
Does not contain Ammonia
Zero ODP (ozone depleting potential)
Zero Chlorides (non corrosive)
Durability (will not subside or crumble over time)
No protective equiptment needed when installing
No need to restrict access to other trades people during installation
Proven performance both thermal and acoustic
Material R Values that give year round performance