Product Review

CertainTeed Introduces a Formaldehyde-Free Batt Insulation

Most fiberglass batt insulation is made with phenol formaldehyde or urea-extended phenol formaldehyde to bind the glass fibers together. And though formaldehyde exists naturally at low levels in the atmosphere, it is labeled a known carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

Formaldehyde emissions from fiberglass are often low enough to pass California 01350 emissions standards (all of CertainTeed’s fiberglass batts are certified through GreenGuard Children & Schools and CA 01350), but in high enough concentrations formaldehyde can negatively impact indoor air quality, as shown by the FEMA trailers contaminated by particleboard held together with formaldehyde-based adhesives (see

Published June 1, 2010

Ehrlich, B. (2010, June 1). CertainTeed Introduces a Formaldehyde-Free Batt Insulation. Retrieved from