Owens Corning is scrambling to remedy a manufacturing problem that has caused some of its EcoTouch batts to give off a strong and persistent ìburnt sugarî smell.
Matt Risinger Owens Corning is scrambling to remedy a manufacturing problem that has caused some of its EcoTouch batts to give off a strong and persistent ìburnt sugarî smell.

Real estate agents often suggest that their clients bake bread or cookies just before an open house to create a warm and inviting aroma. But as an ongoing quality-control issue concerning Owens Corning (OC) fiberglass batts demonstrates, the aroma of baked goods can be a problem when it’s coming from the insulation.

Bio-based binder. A little more than two years ago, OC reformulated its familiar pink fiberglass batts by replacing a formaldehyde-based binder with a “greener” material containing no formaldehyde. While the performance of the reformulated batts — dubbed EcoTouch by the manufacturer — was unchanged, installers quickly noticed a minor side effect...

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