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100% natural and long-lasting insulation

The Insulation Cork Business Unit (BU) is dedicated to the production of acoustic and thermal insulation agglomerates, which are 100% natural with an excellent technical performance. As part of Amorim Isolamentos S.A., it has an established position in the European market, as a result of the strong commitment to comply with the high standards of quality required, particularly by the sustainable construction sector.

"Cork insulates better, lasts longer and is environmentally friendly"
Nuno Graça Moura, architect

The BU stands out as a result of its approach to permanently develop new products and applications, where environmental protection and the conservation of natural resources are an ongoing concern. It was these distinguishing solutions that enabled it to be chosen for internationally renowned works, such as the Portuguese Pavilions in Hannover and Shanghai. The BU was also responsible for the development of furniture items, designed by Ai Weiwei and Herzog & de Meuron for the Serpentine Pavilion, an annual display which brings together the best in international architecture.

The concept of the Insulation Cork BU portfolio stems from a basic concern, which is to provide a comfortable and natural interior atmosphere in buildings, and the results are renowned - its main product, expanded insulation corkboard, is included in the BuildingGreen Top-10 Product for 2013, the largest North American directory of products for sustainable construction.

Another highly successful product is CorkSorb, an innovative range of hydrophobic absorbents, developed with cork and used for the control and cleaning up of oil spills in water environments (rivers, seas, lakes and oceans) or on wet surfaces. Thanks to its sustainability credentials, the CorkSork range has been consecutively awarded nationally and internationally, with some of the highest accolades in the environmental sphere. Highlighted are the Green Project Award; the Innovation for Sustainability Award (EBAEpis); two awards from the European Business Awards for the Environment (in the Product Award and Business for Biodiversity Award categories); the National Award for Environmental Innovation and the Cotec-Unicer Product Innovation award.

A long and sustainable life

A comparative life cycle analysis of Amorim Isolamentos products and conventional ones clearly demonstrates the superiority of cork from an environmental perspective: With practically unlimited durability, it maintains all its characteristics throughout the product's useful life, in addition to being 100% natural and completely recyclable.

It is produced industrially without the use of additives and requires low energy consumption, a unique asset which maximises its positive impact on the environment. During the Insulation Cork BU production process, the optimum use of natural resources is a priority - 93% of its energy needs are met by the use of biomass (cork dust).                                                                            

The Cork Insulation BU is present in the market under the brands Amorim (Corporate Brand), Corkpan (Italian market), Corktherm 040 (Austria, Germany and Switzerland), Corkisol (France) and Thermacork (USA).

Its products are certified by leading environmental and quality institutions in these countries:

  • NATUREPLUS - The International Association for Future-Oriented Building and Accommodation (Germany)
  • ACERMI – Association Pour La Certification Des Matériaux Isolants (France);
  • ICEA - Instituto per la Certificazione Etica e Ambientale (Italy);
  • ARGE kdR Positivlisten (Germany)
  • MPA - Materials Testing Institute University of Stuttgart (Germany);
  • LQAI - Laboratory of Indoor Air Quality (Portugal)
  • PCS - Portal Sustainable Building (Portugal)
  • Ecologic Certification - Japan Environment Association (Japan) and
  • Quality control according to EN 13170 and consequent CE marking

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PORTFOLIO

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Expanded Insulation Corkboard

A solution with an excellent performance in thermal, acoustic and anti-vibration insulation, particularly suited for application on exterior, interior and double walls; paving slabs; flat and sloping roofs and in underfloor heating.

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MDFachada

Special range of expanded insulation corkboard with high technical performance for exterior wall cladding, interior walls and ceilings - cork at sight.

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Lambourdé

System for quick assembly designed for low thickness insulation solutions in new construction and building renovation. For mechanical fixing on floors or walls ensuring excellent thermal and acoustic insulation. It allows finishing with wood or gypsum boards.

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Corkoco

A solution which uses two natural products with unique characteristics, cork and coconut, which ensures an excellent performance in acoustic insulation. It is particularly suited for application on ceilings, walls and floors.

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Coco

Natural solution of the family of the hard fibers with unmatched stiffness and hardness. It is a versatile product given its strength durability and resilience that ensures high performance in sound insulation.

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Expanded cork granulate

A lightweight filling solution with acoustic insulation properties for application in floor levelling products, floors and interior double walls.

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Corksorb

The cork based absorbents, CorkSorb, were developed for absorbing oils, hydrocarbons and its derivatives without absorbing water. Our products are also excellent for use in water environments, considering their excellent floatation and oil retention capacity. The CorkSorb range is appropriate for use in ATEX areas.