Green Products, Part One: The Wool-Based “Smart Wall”

October 18, 2017

Businessman with briefcase walking in minimalistic interior with blank wall. Mock up, 3D Rendering

Walls have lagged behind in terms of efficiency and technology. According to Lucas Johnson, a Seattle-based consultant for 475 High Performance Building Supply:


Most walls are built with toxic materials and end up being vapor retarded or, in many cases, what we refer to as ‘vapor-closed.’ These walls trap moisture and are almost impossible to dry out. This can cause accelerated structural decay, and cultivation of mold and contaminants, which can lead to costly repairs and recurrent respiratory and flu-like symptoms — a high price to pay.


In short, the material behind our walls can lead to increased volatile organic compound (VOC) levels.


We have discussed previously how indoor air quality (IAQ) affects productivity. In a 2015 Harvard study, workers were given a test that measured critical thinking. Workers in buildings with low VOC scored 61% higher than those in buildings with conventional VOC levels. Even more astonishing, scores were 101% higher in buildings with lower VOC and higher ventilation rates.


To address this problem, Havelock Wool has invented the Smart Wall. This wall is made of non-toxic materials for a long-lasting building enclosure that delivers comfort, health, and efficiency without rot, mold, or other maintenance and health issues.


According to Havelock Wool: A smart wall is one that’s safe at every stage before and after construction.


  • Natural and high performance
  • No need for safety gear to protect you from these building materials
  • Works with nature to handle water and moisture, eliminating the risk of mold and rot
  • Efficiency, resiliency, sustainability, safety, and comfort built into the very fabric of the building
  • Current wall materials are made to tear down in 30 years. The Smart Wall will last for generations


The wall is made of efficient, resilient and sustainable products, including Havelock Wool insulation, Pro Clima membranes with Mento 1000 and Intello Plus, and Gutex exterior insulation board.


Why wool? Wool fibers inherently absorb and desorb moisture against 65% relative humidity.


For help in making your facility greener and more efficient, contact Vanguard Resources.