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Asbestos Substitute Materials

10 May 2018 Asbestos

Asbestos Substitute Materials


Asbestos gained its widespread use decades past because of its affordability and accessibility for household use. However, as it was found out that the benefits of its use outweighs the health hazards it can give, major actions were immediately taken to remove asbestos from every household.  Vancouver is still heavily undergoing asbestos abatement activities as there are many nice old houses all over Canada. Since asbestos has some useful uses at home, have you ever wondered what can be some asbestos substitute materials one can have? It has to be entirely non-toxic and safe to use in residential homes, as well as commercial and strata buildings.

What is used to replace asbestos?

Most asbestos replacement products are ‘green’, safe on the environment, as well as safe for anyone being in contact with them either in buildings or during installation.


There are two main products which are widely used to replace asbestos. They are called amorphous silica and cellulose fabrics.

Amorphous Silica Fabrics

Amorphous silica fabrics are materials used for insulation due to their ability to withstand high temperatures and not burn or rot. These fibres contain fibreglass so they are not safe to use in buildings or residential buildings.


Cellulose Fibre

Cellulose fibre is widely used in the replacement of asbestos as a safe alternative for buildings with residential purposes. It is easy to manufacture, made up of 85% recycled material and just like the amorphous silica fabric, it is ‘green’, made from newsprint. The newsprint is treated in order to dry it out in a way that increases its resistance to fire and makes it flame-proof.


Cellulose fibres are used in the textile industry and many others due to its environmentally friendly, natural nature.


What is the history of cellulose fibres?

Cellulose fibres come from plants, and are only processed to a point where they can be used for manufacturing purposes, since not all parts of the plants can be used. For example, cotton comes from the cotton plant, linen comes from flax, and rayon is manufactured from regenerated cellulose fibres.


If you would like to inquire about the replacement materials we use for asbestos, and book Vancouver asbestos removal or the demolition of a home or commercial property, contact the team at BC Green Construction & Demolition.