Monday, April 06, 2009

Pilkington's Sustainable Wall And Floor Solutions

Pilkington's Group is committed to continued innovation and investment in improving sustainable performance of its wall and flooring material solutions. Sustainability Research. Pilkington's sustainability experts have conducted considerable research into the sustainability of wall and floor materials and this information has proven to be invaluable to clients that are involved in design and build of low -or zero carbon developments.

Pilkington's embodied carbon and energy studies and life cycle analysis covers a number of widely specified wall and flooring materials. These studies show that ceramic and porcelain tiles, natural stone, terrazzo and many other tiling products offer a highly sustainable and environmentally friendly solution. This is further supported by 'A' environmental profile rating for these materials in the UK Green Guide to Specification compiled by BRE (Building Research Organisation), the World's leading research organisation for sustainability across the built environment.

When the research expertise is combined with the company's green credentials customers can be reassured that the company's products and materials offer a valuable contribution to low and zero carbon developments and modern architecture. Pilkington's Green Credentials. At the two Manchester manufacturing facilities, the company has eliminated approximately 1,000 tonnes of Co2 by installing new energy efficient dust extractors, a building management system and by recovering and redirecting heat from ceramic tile Kilns to heat up several areas of the facility.

The Groups recycling initiatives during the manufacturing processes demonstrate the company's commitment to environmental protection. Further details of the environmental projects undertaken by the company can be found on their website. Sustainable Product Solutions for a Range of Applications. Pilkington's product solutions include ceramic, porcelain, natural stone, glass and metal wall and floor tiles and mosaics, commercial -, light and heavy industrial flooring solutions, Terrazzo flooring, access -, acoustic and hardwood flooring, swim tile products, external cladding and a range of complementary products.

The product solutions are specified around the World in industrial applications, offices, transport, education, healthcare, retail, residential and commercial environments. Recent projects with Pilkington's sustainable wall and flooring materials include Kingston Airport - Jamaica, Brisbane Shopping Centre, Liverpool Convention Centre and Wayfarers Arcade, Southport as well as public sector projects such as Liverpool Fire Station, many Building Schools for the Future projects and Ministry of Defence contracts to name a few.

Pilkington's product solutions feature many attributes that assist in backing up sustainability claims and includes features that can facilitate obtaining credits under the many environmental rating systems around the world; BREEAM, Estidama and LEED for example. Sustainable product attributes can be summarised as follows:.

* Products have significant recycled content.

* Products have very long life cycle and low replacement frequency.

* Many hard wall and floor materials assist with thermal comfort and have positive thermal mass.

* Tiling products are Class A1 fire rated, non-combustible and do not contribute to fire.

* Cleaning and maintenance instructions are available.

* Whole life costing and carbon footprint data is available.

* No toxic materials, or very little toxic materials are used during manufacture, installation and cleaning and maintenance.

* Hard surface finishes minimise dust and do not contribute to poor indoor air quality as much as soft materials.

* Products do not include VOCs or other environmentally volatile materials.

Additionally, many of the Group's products are manufactured at the Group's UK based facilities in Manchester and Poole, Dorset reducing transportation requirements within the UK and thus eliminating Co2 and other emissions arising from shipping of goods.

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