Go Greener

Ready To Go Greener?

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Design your next commercial or residential project with energy-saving materials.

Enjoy modern Style With our Planet in mind

Large format tiles are one of the best options for this cladding system as they are mechanically strong and physically resilient to most of the hardships that deteriorate exterior walls. A study conducted by NASA concluded that a building with this system is up to 35% more energy efficient.

Compared to other materials, porcelain tile offers excellent performance for under-floor heating systems because it allows the whole system to function effectively with a lower water temperature, thus saving energy throughout the system.

Additionally, Italian manufacturers produce ceramic products suitable for ventilated wall facades.

The bottom line benefits of
going green.

 

Non-toxic:

Ceramic tiles contain no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) that release gas prior to, during, or after installation. Products that meet stringent VOC restrictions contribute to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credits for a project.

In addition, tiles will not absorb odors from smoke, paint fumes or other contaminants, enhancing indoor air quality. Grout and adhesives, produced by leading Italian manufacturers, offer products that are solvent-free, nonflammable, extremely low-TVOC and low-odor. 


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Planet:

Reduced Energy Consumption; Reduced CO2 Emission; Reduced Resource Consumption; Long Lasting Solution. 

People: 

Better Air Quality; Greener Building (Contributes to LEED Commercial and Residential Standards); Lower CO2 Footprint. 

Profit: 

Reduced Energy Bills; Longer Life Cycle; Increased Productivity; Reduced Liability. - Paul Shahriari, Founder GreenMind. 

 

Recyclable:

Italian tile is an inert material manufactured from natural raw materials and will break down naturally at the end of its life cycle. Additionally, it is a recyclable product through the reuse of the material in the manufacturing process (minimizing natural resource use and waste). 

Recycled:

A growing number of Italian tiles contain a percentage of pre- and post-consumer recycled content, which can contribute points toward USGBC LEED certification. Italian ceramic tile manufacturers recycle 97% of process water and 99.5% of production and purification waste.  

Environmental Labels & Certifications

There are a growing number of certifications and environmental labels that are either management, product or project focused. The below are helpful key ones to know.

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Management:

EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) is a voluntary management system created by the European Commission in 1995 to recognize and reward proactive organizations in the European Union and the European Economic Area (EAA) that go beyond the basic environmental laws and constantly improve their environmental performance, credibility and transparency.

ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is a global organization that sets standards for good management practice. While the ISO 9001:2000 gives requirements for quality management systems, the ISO 14000 family of standards addresses various aspects of environmental management systems (EMS). For an organization to be both certified and registered, it has to have been independently audited and confirmed as being in conformity with the ISO standards for which it was issued a certificate.

Product:

EU Eco-Label “Flower” is a tool aimed at promoting sustainable production and consumption. The European Union Eco-labeling Board (EUEB), in close collaboration with the European Commission, develops ecological criteria for product groups based on a life-cycle analysis. Those manufacturers and service providers who apply and are awarded the Eco-label can use the “Flower” to market the certified product(s). Being a market-based instrument, its primary function is to stimulate both the supply and demand of products with a reduced environmental impact.

EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) is a tool aimed at providing relevant, verified and comparable information about the environmental impact from goods and services.

ANSI A138.1 Standard is mostly Italian ceramic tiles which meet or exceed this new voluntary standard for sustainable ceramic tiles, glass tiles and tile installation materials.