Buitex manufactures insulation products from recycled waste and plant products

Jean-Pierre Buisson

An SME employing 50 people at Cours-la-Ville in the Rhône*, Buitex processes and converts waste from local industries to produce building insulation products (which represent 42% of its sales), felts for use in mattresses, and horticultural mulching materials. Throughout its 115-year history, it has always paid very close attention to the quality of its processes and products.

In 2005, it was granted ISO 9001 certification in recognition of the quality of its production system. Since then, it has been committed to the certification of its products, and has applied the principle to several products from its ISONAT range of installations as and when they entered production. In total, seven wood fiber, hemp, cellulose and textile fiber insulation products have been certified to date for use as thermal and/or acoustic insulation for roofs, roof voids, internal wall and partition and external wall insulation.

Jean-Pierre Buisson heads up Buitex: "CERMI certification allows us to give our customers a clear assurance about the quality and performance of our products. The checks and inspections made by ACERMI give them the certainty that the thermal, acoustic, comfort and durability performance levels we claim are accurate, and that if they need to order more, they can rely on receiving products of identical quality. They can also be certain that our products are eligible for the financial subsidies now available.

Buitex products certified by ACERMI

7 of products are ACERMI-certified:

  • 2 based on plant or animal materials
  • 4 that use wood fibers
  • 1 bulk cotton (under the springboard standard)

Convinced of these customer benefits, we wanted the performance of our new COTONWOOL insulation, which is innovative for its weight/performance ratio, to have the recognition and credibility that comes with the ACERMI mark. But at that time, there were no guidelines or standards for insulation manufactured from recycled textile fibers. So we discussed the project with a working group, and those discussions led to the definition of a standard dedicated to this type of innovative product. We were granted our certificate in October 2013. This standard effectively opens up a new route for other manufacturer innovations."

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(*) Buitex opened a second production plant at Mably in 2013.

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