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SAFETOUCH™ Fiberglass-Free Insulation Recieves Breakthrough Award

(HIT) - SAFETOUCH won a Breakthrough Award because it solved a long-standing problem for those installing home insulation. Do-it-yourselfers have long avoided installing home insulation because of the itchiness and glass dust associated with fiberglass. SAFETOUCH Fiberglass-Free Insulation is non-irritating to bare skin. The product is manufactured from the same type of fibers used to make clothing and bedding, and it is engineered to have a soft, itch-free feel.

Available exclusively at Lowe’s, SAFETOUCH does not contain formaldehyde binders or borates found in traditional fiberglass and cellulose insulation products. SAFETOUCH is a thermo-acoustic batt manufactured from polyester fibers (PET fibers). Through careful selection of the fibers and a propriety manufacturing process, Dow has produced an insulation material that home users can install without itch, gloves, masks or other special protection.

SAFETOUCH™ Fiberglass-Free Insulation is available in both R-13 and R-19. SAFETOUCH is a thermo-acoustic quilt manufactured from polyester fibers. PET fibers, as they’re called, are non-irritating and the same type of fibers used in clothing and bedding. This user-friendly material makes SAFETOUCH the first and only insulation to offer these benefits:

  • No skin irritation
  • No glass dust
  • No gloves, masks or special protection needed
  • No mess
  • No formaldehyde binders

By carefully selecting the fibers and controlling their orientation during manufacturing, we’ve produced an insulation material that gives the following physical advantages:

  • Durable—maintains its physical shape and integrity over time
  • Flexible—easily fitted and repositioned
  • Friction fit—holds itself in place in most cases, so there’s no need for staples.
  • Strong—in certain cases, such as overhead applications, can be stapled or nailed with standard equipment
  • Workable—unfaced batts can be comfortably torn to length by hand
  • Sound control—excellent sound absorption

SAFETOUCH™ Fiberglass-Free Insulation can be used with our STYROFOAM™ foam sheathing products to increase your home’s energy efficiency. Foam sheathing helps prevent heat from transferring through the stud frame to increase your walls’ overall effective R-value. Visit www.insulateyourhome.com for more information.

How to Install

SAFETOUCH™ Fiberglass-Free Insulation is easier to install than other batt insulation products available on the market today. Here’s how simple it is to make a home more energy efficient:

Remove compressed batts from the bag and shake to speed its recovery to nominal thickness.
STEP 1

Remove compressed batts from the bag and shake to speed its recovery to nominal thickness.



















You can either cut or score the facer with a knife, and then tear the insulation by hand
STEP 2

For most installations, no cutting is required, just remove the batt and fit into place. If you do require a size modification: You can either cut or score the facer with a knife, and then tear the insulation by hand, or you can cut the facer and batt at once with a knife, to fit the width of your area. If using on an interior wall, remove the facer before installing.












Press insulation between the studs or joists. Friction will normally hold the batt in place. Staples can be used if desired.
STEP 3

Press insulation between the studs or joists. Friction will normally hold the batt in place. Staples can be used if desired.


















Enjoy a more comfortable home and lower energy bills.
STEP 4

Enjoy a more comfortable home and lower energy bills.



For specific insulation applications, please refer to the detailed installation instructions on the SAFETOUCH package.


About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology with the “Human Element” to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world’s most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow’s diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2010, Dow had annual sales of $53.7 billion and employed approximately 50,000 people worldwide. The Company’s more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 188 sites in 35 countries across the globe. References to “Dow” or the “Company” mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.

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