Construction is one of the biggest contributors to climate change: around 10% of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions are directly associated with construction, according to the UK Green Building Council.
Tilemaster Adhesives is part of the Kerakoll Group which prides itself on its GreenBuilding philosophy. This is based on continuous research, upgrading, and developing products to cause as little harm as possible to the environment and human health. The company works with the Italian government and the European Union in the development of standards and legislation for the protection of the environment. In 2015 and 2017, its R&D facility, the GreenLab, was chosen as the headquarters of the ISO/TC 207/SC 7 committee which sets the standards for greenhouse gas management and related activities.
Kerakoll also developed the GreenBuilding rating. This tool was created in 2010 and is independently certified by SGS Italia. It evaluates the characteristics of a product in relation to its environmental sustainability, and is designed to enable a quick assessment of how eco-friendly a particular product is.
Kerakoll has a programme to test the carbon footprint of all its products. Once testing is complete, the product is accompanied by a sheet which shows the exact environmental footprint per kg or sqm. All the company’s certification is independently verified by SGS Italia.
5.4% of the company’s global turnover is spent on R&D and this research has led to developments in its tiling technology, enabling products the company says have a much lighter environmental footprint than those traditionally available. For example, its H40 range of gel adhesives use a geo-binder containing natural polymers with a low environmental impact combined with a mineral extracted without the use of chemicals, solvents or synthetic post treatment agents.
Fugabella Color, a recently launched resin-cement hybrid grout range, uses similar technology and is reportedly produced without the addition of chemical and synthetic additives and biocides. These are only two examples of the ongoing improvement and regeneration of the product range that the research teams in the GreenLab are working on.
All of Kerakoll’s products are clearly marked with the GreenBuilding rating and accompanied by information on the carbon footprint and life cycle assessment.
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