The construction industry is devoting increasing attention to human health and the environment. Today, the performance of construction products must take into account not only supply, installation and maintenance issues but also the impact of products on the natural environment and the healthiness of the building.
In recent years, the European Commission has issued a series of directives aimed at reducing the environmental impact of buildings. nZEBs (Nearly Zero Energy Buildings) are buildings with almost zero energy consumption based on construction models typical of northern Europe.
The Mediterranean region has a unique architectural heritage. To address the challenges posed by climate change and construct increasingly sustainable buildings, we need to revisit traditional methods. Solid brick masonry and well-ventilated interiors guarantee optimal comfort in all seasons while minimising environmental impact. In-depth knowledge of Mediterranean climatic conditions has made it possible to develop even more effective solutions that optimise resources and improve living standards by blending time-honoured traditions with innovative technologies.
A natural material Structural clay products are sustainable materials that contain clay, a material of natural origin which is extracted using methods that are friendly to the environment and the...
In keeping with the growing awareness of environmental issues such as energy and raw materials savings and emissions reductions, in 2018 Italy appointed EPD Italy as its national Program Operator responsible for issuing environmental product declarations.
By 2050, more than 80% of the EU’s population will live in cities. Within the same timeframe, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has estimated that demand for indoor air conditioning will triple.
The revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) proposed by the European Commission emphasises the significant contribution of clay building products to more sustainable construction. Thanks to their characteristics, materials such as clay bricks and roof tiles reduce consumption and ensure high energy performance throughout the life cycle of buildings. They are also highly durable and can be easily recycled.
Studies conducted by Centro Ceramica in Civita Castellana in collaboration with a number of local companies have demonstrated that sludge from sanitaryware production can be reused in the ceramic tile production process and in other sectors. Eco-friendly management of ceramic waste reduces companies’ environmental footprint and allows for cost savings.
Stone, marble, cement and metal are today’s most on-trend surface finishes in the field of ceramic sanitaryware. They respond to a desire for contact with the earth and with nature in general while bringing a new and highly distinctive character to any bathroom space.