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Eco-sustainable tiles

Coem’s commitment towards the environment is a long-standing one. Its business acumen and passion have long since taken the path leading towards a visionary intuition, which is by now considered by everyone a necessity that can no longer be delayed:  manufacturing ceramic tiles whilst respecting nature at the same time. As far back as 1999, our personnel in charge of research and production were taking a closer look at our production cycles from the point of view of energy saving and the environment, as they still do, devising and manufacturing systems capable of producing tiles while reclaiming a high content of recyclable material and industrial waste.
Proof of this was the design and registration of the ECOGRES® brand in 2000, well before it became standard practice to certify this form of research into sustainable practices, exclusively for use with our tiles, clearly and unambiguously stating the drive that ensures Coem’s porcelain stoneware is a product that respects the environment.

Coem tiles are hard-wearing, durable and safe, designed and made with modern life and the principles of green architecture in mind. They do not release Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), which are harmful for human health, they are hygienic and are easy to take care of.

Coem’s porcelain stoneware is made from a blend of natural raw materials combined with other recycled materials.

The quarries selected by Coem for the extraction of its raw materials comply with a programme for the rehabilitation of their morphology and vegetation, in line with environmental directives, in order to safeguard the biodiversity of the local area.

The technical and structural specifications of a wide range of tiles by Ceramiche Coem has been certified by the independent agency Certiquality, endorsing their compliance with Leed® requisites for the construction of eco-sustainable buildings.

Coem is involved in High Technology Network projects for the development of new techniques to manufacture more sustainable ceramic tiles, such as:

  • implementation of an even more efficient system for collecting and recycling industrial waste in the manufacturing process;
  • production of ceramic tiles with controlled reflectance for lower impact on the environment;
  • research into the latest technologies applied to the production of non slip ceramic surfaces to improve safety for people in public and private buildings and spaces;
  • technologies for the production of tiles with surfaces offering high photo-catalytic efficiency for optimum energy performance.

Coem is committed to research programmes assessing the potential environmental impact of tiles during their entire lifecycle (LCA_Life Cycle Assessment), based on the quantification of the use of “emissions”, including energy, raw materials, water and “emissions” into the air, water and ground. The environmental criteria study any impact at all stages of the lifecycle: quarrying of the raw materials, manufacturing processes, distribution, use and disposal, and are analysed in order to concentrate the new efforts on the most critical areas.

Coem has achieved the production of eco++ porcelain stoneware body, made up of over 30% of post consumption waste and 10% of pre-consumption waste. Its special formula manufactures 40% less waste during firing compared to a ceramic product complying with Ecolabel limits and has a much lower shrinkage rate compared to traditional stoneware, making it 12% lighter and using 12% less virgin raw materials and CO2 emissions at all stages of processing.

Porcelain stoneware left over after installation is inert and can be given to authorised companies with CER Code 101208.

Finally, once its life cycle has come to an end, our porcelain stoneware can be given, with the code CER 170103, to companies authorised to recover inert waste material from excavations and demolitions. Once treated, this waste material can be used:

  • to fill excavation sites for pipes to be laid;
  • for subfloors;
  • for roadbeds;
  • for terrain consolidation.
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