#MYTH4: CERAMICS IS NOT SUSTAINABLE

2022-04-29
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#MYTH4: CERAMICS IS NOT SUSTAINABLE

Today we dismantle another of the false myths about ceramics: Ceramics are not sustainable.

This is one of the points that most often concerns those architects who are aware of the environment and who are looking for respectful construction materials, as well as those who need to certify a building with a seal such as BREEAM, LEED, WELL or the Spanish Green.

If you also share this concern, let us tell you that all our materials can contribute favorably in all these aspects. The different environmental parameters where our ceramic material has a specific contribution are detailed in documents such as:

EPD, or its acronym in Spanish DAP (Environmental Product Declaration). It is a third-party verified Type III ecolabel with quantified and reliable life cycle assessment information.
Classification and detail of the natural raw materials that it integrates.
Percentage of post-consumer and pre-consumer recycled ceramic material in the ceramic piece.
Greenguard Certificate (VOC) where it is accredited that our materials do not emit volatile organic components.
SRI certificate (Solar Reflectance Index) to avoid the urban heat island.

If the ceramic also has our Active Surfaces photocatalytic finish, its advantages are even greater. With this innovative application we improve indoor air quality by reducing VOCs caused by other materials, further optimizing the certification score.

The advantages do not end here, its benefits also have to do with hygiene, health and decontamination. Thanks to the presence of titanium dioxide doped with silver ions, Active Surfaces is capable of eliminating bacteria and viruses, such as Sars-CoV-2, that are deposited on its surface; Regarding decontamination, Active is capable of reducing pollutants such as nitrogen oxides, NOx, which are now a constant concern in large cities.

For the followers of the Cradle to Cradle philosophy or the circular economy, we also have a ceramic floor tile installation system that does not need mortar or adhesives, they are what we call dry-lay ceramics.

In this case, the ceramic tile is served on site, adhered to a support of synthetic sound-absorbing material, generating zero waste on site and allowing its reuse as many times as required.

For all these reasons, in addition to its successful aesthetics and thanks to its extraordinary intrinsic properties, porcelain stoneware plays an increasingly relevant role in the sustainability and energy efficiency market.

If your project is immersed in a sustainable certification and you need to justify how sustainable our ceramics are, ask for our certificates, we will be happy to provide them to you.

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