Sheep Wool Building Materials

Turning Sheep Wool into Environmentally Friendly Building Material - Integrated Approach for Supply Chain Development

The most of Mongolia wool production (more than 90%) is coarse wool. There is very little demand for the coarse wool and it is sold almost without any interest for pastoralists. This type of wool is used mainly for production of carpets and felt mainly for ger insulation. Thus it is traditionally used as a construction material. Technology for the production of of sheep wool building insulation (SWBI) is known in Czech Republic and other European countries and know-how transfer to wool processing SMEs will be one of the key outcomes of the project.

The Objectives: The project aims at developing sustainable supply chain of SWBI as a green, environmentally-friendly innovative product improving resource efficiency, contributing to poverty reduction, economic development and reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The way forward

  • Training of SMEs on marketing of SWBI;
  • Facilitating funding for SWBI production start-up and linking SMEs with financial institutions;
  • Developing minimum quality standards of sheep wool suitable for insulation;
  • Training of small scale suppliers/pastoralists on minimum quality standards;
  • Linking producer SMEs with small-scale suppliers/pastoralist;
  • Designing marketing strategies and training on marketing of SWBI;
  • Conducting survey on possible funding ("green financing") for construction sector


Duration: 1/2013 - 5/2016

Total budget: EUR 891,412 (EU Contribution: 80%)


People in Need (PIN) / Clovek v tisni, o.p.s.

Petr Drbohlav
Safarikova 24,
120 00 Praha 2, Czech Republic

People in Need (PIN) People in Need (PIN)
PIN is the lead applicant of this project and responsible for the overall management and technical expertise in sheep wool for building insulation (SWBI).
Mongolian Nature and Environment Consortium (MNEC) Mongolian Nature and Environment Consortium (MNEC)
MNEC is one of project partners. It plays a role in the environmental education and advisory to policy makers to promote SWBI.
National Association of Mongolian Agricultural Cooperatives (NAMAC) National Association of Mongolian Agricultural Cooperatives (NAMAC)
NAMAC is a project partner. It contributes in developing purchase mechanism for sheep wool as well as SME capacity building (business plan development and marketing training).
SEVEn Energy Efficiency Center SEVEn Energy Efficiency Center
SEVEn is a project partner. It contributes in the awareness raising for SMEs in construction sector and engages in policy dialogue to support SWBI.
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