Imagine how much more stressful it is for an architect engaged in a LEED™ oriented project. That's precisely what we were thinking when we created EcoChoice™. We started by eliminating metals that were toxic, such as lead and tin. We eliminated metals that were difficult and dangerous to refine. We eliminated metals like steel that emitted metallic oxides over their lifetime, and that were often too corroded to be recycled after years of environmental exposure. In the end, there were two metals suitable for architectural use that also met the goals of sustainability and environmental friendliness; zinc and copper.
As luck would have it, both zinc and copper have enjoyed hundreds of years of use in architecture already. These durable metals form attractive protective patinas that enable them to last for decades. At the end of their life, they can be easily upcycled* into new products including new roof, wall and rainwater systems. Their durability and versatility make them suitable for numerous applications. By creating EcoChoice™, we didn't take away options...
By consuming less, polluting less, rethinking our processes, and investing in communities, we continue to see how sustainable practices have positive implications for our business and our customers.
Our Commitment to the Highest Standards
Plainly and simply, we are guided by our commitment to quality. That’s the core focus of our progressive integrated management system. Not only has that earned us our ISO 9001:2015 certification; it has enabled us to balance our own demands of quality, safety and environmental protection.
WOODN is a material that requires very limited energy consumption and uses wood residues from other production processes. WOODN is a member of the GBC (Green Building Council). An international organisation founded in America during the 1990s, the GBC deals in the certification of buildings according to LEED standards. LEED certification refers to the eco-sustainability of the entire building and not of an individual product. Woodn therefore contributes to obtaining the final score.
Greco products are made from aluminum, one of the most recycled materials. Our railing products contain pre-consumer reclaimed aluminum and all manufacturing waste is recycled to local reclamation sites.
As Fiber C is based on entirely organic substances, as opposed to most other products available on the market, the material can be completely recycled. Moreover, economic efficiency and sustainability are further enhanced by the low use of resources. Our commitment to sustainability and social responsibility towards our environment are also confirmed by our international environment management certificate ISO 14001
At Prodema, we work so that our commitment with the environment is not limited to just saying that we are a sustainable company. This aim is shown in the measurable improvements that we have obtained. For this reason,
we are continuously creating and putting into practice new environmentally friendly initiatives. We are now the leaders in our field in matters of sustainability. True to our commitment, Prodema has managed to obtain real results that translate into benefits for our clients and our wider society.
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Kalzip and aluminum can make a major contribution to the creation of buildings that are sustainable, not only during construction but throughout their lives and into their afterlives. Especially with the excellent thermal performance and long, low maintenance life that both come as standard with every Kalzip system. Even Kalzip’s light weight has an environmental dimension – requiring less material in the supporting structure and saving energy during transportation and construction.
Cambridge architectural mesh is readily recyclable and manufactured from recycled materials, and it has a virtually maintenance-free and indestructible lifecycle.
Even Cambridge’s manufacturing process for architectural mesh, a cold forming process, generates less environmental impact than the process for heat-treated products.
Cambridge Architectural is an active member of the USGBC, and helps architects take maximum advantage of LEED credit through the many categories in which architectural mesh systems apply. Most notably, mesh can contribute to as many as four LEED points for optimized energy performance, and can help in acquiring additional points for incorporating recycled content and reducing glare into the regularly occupied areas of a building as a contribution to daylighting and views credits.
The LEED Program has gained popularity and recognition over the past several years and has become the premier sustainability design tool in the building industry. LEED focuses on the construction of buildings that have minimal impact on the environment during construction, occupation and reclamation. LEED recognizes that utilizing recycled materials is an important part of minimizing environmental impact. This recognition is the driving force in choosing the products we represent. The relatively high percentage of recycled aluminum in many of our products ensures that AEP products can provide a significant contribution to earning LEED Points. In addition, our partners multiple fabrication facilities provide regional manufacturing centers that decrease transportation costs and related fuel consumption and help to enhance local economies, both of which are deemed environmentally preferable in LEED documentation.
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