The Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) in accordance with ISO 14025 describes the environmental features from manufacturing of ceramic tiles imported by Ceramic Solutions from its German manufacturers. German manufacturers operate in accordance with this declaration, which promotes the production of products that are environmentally safe. This includes avoidance of water and ground pollution, low energy consumption, low-emission waste air and the recycling of materials.
Environmental protection during manufacturing stages
1. No contamination of water or ground is made during the manufacturing process. The process is entirely free of waste water, with mixing water released in the form
of steam during the drying process or redirected into the internal water circuit where it is reused.
2. Broken ceramic material or other clay refuse are recycled.
3. Glaze and other waste water are collected in a specific water treatment facility. Solid matters are separated from water and then dried, recycled and put back to the baking
process as a stabilizing ground offset.
4. Up to 75 % of the operational water demand is generated from in-house.
5. Filter waste from the flue gas treatment is brought to recycling and then reused 100 % in the production of concrete or gypsum raw material.
6. Products are packed on eco-friendly standardized pool pallets and wrapped up by recycled or recyclable plastic packaging film.
7. Packaging material consists at least of 80% eco-friendly recycled paper.
8. Thermal Recycling: Process related waste kiln heat is recycled and economical used for drying.
Life Cycle Benefits
Ceramic Solutions German manufactured tiles have a life expectancy of 50+ years. With an end-user focus, ceramic tiles are expected to have a lifespan the same as the serviceable life of the building in which they are used. No expensive maintenance or remedial work is required for correctly specified and installed ceramic tiles products.
By comparison, many commercial facilities use vinyl (PVC) flooring which only has a life expectancy of 10-15 years. In areas of high foot and wheel traffic, maintenance is likely to need to occur within the first 3 years. Consequently, the issue of disposing of PVC flooring becomes a huge environmental burden. Whilst many vinyl manufacturers promote the recyclability of vinyl, this only refers to unused off-cuts. Vinyl containing adhesives end-up in landfill. It should be noted that the Australia’s Green Building Council offers a credit for PVC minimization.
Ceramic tiles are inert and do not present any hazards if they are landfilled. Ceramic tiles can be recycled after they are removed. e.g. crushed for use as inert fillers.
Buildings are constantly exposed to many contaminants – from bird excrement to exhaust fumes, making architectural building panels appear dirty. Yet there’s another kind of external material constantly bombarding buildings that is harder to see: NOx (nitrogen oxide).
As the primary component of smog, NOx not only makes buildings dirty, it also threatens the quality of air we breathe. But when NOx molecules float near the surface of Ceramic Solutions Agrob Buchtal Hytect facing bricks and facades, they are attacked and transformed into clean oxygen.
Scientific analyses prove that a Hytect facade surface of 1000m² cleans the air as effectively as 70 medium sized deciduous trees. The antibacterial surface also helps decompose algae, fungi and moss. Rainwater flushes dirt and residue down the surface thereby creating low maintenance, self washing cladding, reducing the need for detergents. Hytect coated products ensure an ageless appearance and long term minimum maintenance. To learn more about Hytect visit our page on Anti-Bacterial Tiles.