In 1990, a California contractor
lost a $56,000 suit brought by a
homeowner who charged that she
had been made sick by loose-fill
fiberglass attic insulation sucked in
through gaps in her hvac ducts.
But the case, while significant, was
just one skirmish in what has
shaped up as an all-out turf war
between the manufacturers of
fiberglass and cellulose for the
loose-fill attic insulation market.
The fiberglass industry questions
cellulose's claims of fire retardancy,
while cellulose manufacturers say
that fiberglass is carcinogenic.
With each side producing volumes
of evidence to support its charges,
what's the builder to believe?
An organization called "Victims
of Fiberglass" (VOF) has been a
standard bearer in the effort to
portray loose-fill fiberglass as a