Sustainable Tiles


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Sustainable Tiles

A few words about the service

We understand that Sustainability is the key approach for modern buildings in today's market place. We have experienced staff who can advise and offer guidance for specifying the most sustainable floor tiles currently available.

We pride ourselves on sourcing the finest commercial floor and wall tiles in either porcelain or ceramic options which are produced, using various recycling techniques consisting of:

  • Pre Production - The manufacturer removes any tiles that are chipped, scratched or not aesthetically or technically suitable from any stage before the tile goes into the firing process. The material is then recycled into re-usable material to be included in the production process.
  • Post Production - The tile has gone through the firing process but isn't at the required quality levels for distribution. The material is milled down into re-usable products to be used in making new products.
  • Post Consumer - The material has been used or consumed after production. The best example we can offer is to mention that the glass from cathode screens in old television sets is now being crushed and used in porcelain and ceramic tile production.

LEED Rating

LEED stands for "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design" and is the nationally accepted standard for green buildings. Building owners seek a LEED certification as an added advantage to offer to their prospective tenants. Once you understand the building requirements you will be able to assess the type of tile you may need, we at Bedrock Tiles offer free consultation in this area as we believe it is of great importance for the future of our world.

It is important to understand that LEED certification applies only to building projects, not materials, products or services. A product cannot be LEED-certified. Beware of any company making such a claim.

SKA Rating

SKA Rating is measured in Bronze, Silver or Gold achievements.

It is said that UK Green Building Council estimates that non-domestic buildings account for 18% of UK carbon emissions and on top of that the waste from fitting out offices goes straight to landfill, therefore it is by adopting good practice when fitting out or refurbishing offices you can dramatically reduce their environmental impact.

The SKA Rating is the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors' (RICS) environmental assessment method. It was launched in 2009 in regard to non-domestic fit-outs, the rating helps landlords and tenants evaluate and rate a project against sustainable criteria. It is estimated that the spending in UK construction on fit-out, accounts for 11%, and buildings may have 30-40 fit-outs during their life cycle. It differs from other categorising systems in that it is project-driven: it labels fit-out projects irrespective of base building.

SKA consists of 104 good practice measures which cover, waste, transport, water, materials, pollution, wellbeing, energy, and CO2 emissions. The scheme currently has 1200 users. The 2011 version of SKA allows owners and landlords to measure and understand the performance in both commercial and environmental capacities of water and energy consumption for the following 12 months. The 12 month occupancy assessment completes the design and handover assessments, this allows the occupiers to manage their working environment to be more or limit their sustainability measures introduced as a part of the green fit-out.

Companies that adopt a more sustainable design and become SKA Rated will engage their employees whilst strengthening their brand, energy cost savings will be up to 31%. The actual amount of product saved from being sent to landfill could be as high as 99% and with the cost of landfill approximately £56 per ton it is possible that this scheme could save the project money.

The criteria is being revised and updated continually but at time of writing there are a number of means that you could include in the design of the project to achieve SKA Rating, these products must achieve or be rated with sustainable accreditation and that all hard floor surface coverings meet at least one of the following.

BREEAM

The Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) is a leading design and assessment method for sustainable buildings; it sets the benchmark and high standard for the best practice in sustainable design. The assessment measures the buildings performance against established criteria. There are a spectrum of relevant topics that the assessment is made over ranging from materials right through to ecology and energy. The areas that are titled consist of waste, ecology, pollution, transport, materials, the environmental health (health and well-being), energy & water use and management systems.

As a client, by achieving a BREEAM rating you can benefit from the following:

  • Market recognition for low environmental impact buildings
  • Confidence that tried and tested environmental practice is incorporated in the building
  • Inspiration to find innovative solutions that minimise the environmental impact
  • A benchmark that is higher than regulation
  • A system to help reduce running costs
  • Improve working and living environments
  • A standard that demonstrates progress towards corporate and organisational environmental objectives

We have taken the following extract from information found on the BRE (Building Research Establishment)website referring to hard floor finishes to offer the environmental rating awarded by BRE.

 

Element number

BRE Summary rating

Cement based terrazzo tiles.

821580007

E

Ceramic floor tiles.

821580001

B

Porcelain Floor Tile (40% recycled content) 11mm thick, ISO13006 Type B1A

1021580001

A+

Porcelain Floor Tile, 4mm thick, ISO13006 Type B1A

1021580002

A+

Resin based terrazzo/agglomerated stone/composite tiles (10% resin content).

821580018

D

 

A key factory in Bedrocks portfolio has recently released a statement of how they produce their Ecogres series of Porcelain tiles:

  • Reducing waste
  • Recycling processing scrap
  • Reusing natural resources

Ecogres is a glazed porcelain tile, dry pressed which complies with UNI-EN-14411-BIB-NORM and conceived especially to uphold the following values of environmental sustainability
 
RECOVERY OF 100% OF RAW SCRAP MATERIAL FROM PROCESSING        
RECOVERY OF 100% OF FIRED SCRAP MATERIAL FROM PROCESSING
100% of raw scrap material and 100% of fired scrap material arising from the processing cycle are reused in the phase of paste preparation, reducing the need to mine new raw materials and thereby making a significant contribution to protecting precious natural resources
  
RECYCLING AND REUSE OF PROCESSING WASTE WATER.
Production of porcelain stoneware calls for massive amounts of water. Reuse of 100% of the waste water deriving from the production cycle generates a 60% decrease in the water needs of the plant.
 
REDUCTION AND RECOVERY OF ENERGY SOURCES (COGENERATION)
Recovery of the heat contained in the firing exhaust makes it possible to reduce the amount of natural gas necessary in preparing the paste. The technologies used in this area achieve a 25% decrease in the use of new energy.
 
DECREASE IN EXHAUST EMISSIONS INTO THE ATMOSPHERE        
In order to demonstrate the utmost sensitivity to the environment, Bedrock has made major investments in sourcing sustainable production technologies. This has allowed us to achieve superior control over smoke and fume emissions into the atmosphere by greatly reducing emissions levels by more than 10 times the limit of the already strict legislation on environmental protection in force in Italy.
                        
CONSTANT MONITORING OF THE RESPECT FOR PRODUCTION ACTIONS
An added value for sustainable development
  

 



Date: 03 September 2017