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A company in the vanguard has to think Green and act responsibly to minimize its environmental impact, making sustainable products and helping the consumer make informed purchasing choices.
To boost the sustainability of its products, Marca Corona invests daily in new, cutting-edge technologies and pays the closest possible attention to recycling and saving energy.
Raw waste is recovered to prepare new tile bodies, thus guaranteeing a 20,000 tonnes reduction in the consumption of raw materials per year (630 truckloads). Fired ceramic is delivered to third companies for road foundations
Marca Corona applies separate waste collection to 98% of its waste, and uses exclusively recycled packaging, pallets compliant with the FAO ISPM 15 standards and FSC certified paper.
Marca Corona recovers 100% of its waste water, and uses 85% recycled water, amounting to over 75 mln litres a year.
The cogeneration system installed in the factory allows Marca Corona to produce 92% of the energy it needs per year, thus also reducing CO2 emissions.
To cut consumption of energy resources, the thermal energy recovered from the firing kilns is re-used for new production cycles and to heat work areas. Marca Corona also undertakes to select raw materials from the quarries nearest the factories, in order to reduce the environmental impact and emissions caused by transport.
*All data refer to 2017
Marca Corona is an ordinary member of the U.S. Green Building Council, an American organization that promotes the sustainable design, construction and management of buildings, setting building parameters that are recognized in over 50 countries worldwide. USGBC is particularly famous for developing in 1998 the LEED (Leadership In Energy and Environmental Design) certification system, which has now reached LEED V4, the most important method for assessing a building’s environmental sustainability. The total score of a building depends on how many LEED V4 credits it obtains in the various sustainability areas. The most important criteria for obtaining the points are the reduction of the “heat island” effect, the recycled material content of the products used, the level of emissions of volatile organic compounds and the environmental certification of the chosen building materials used.
For further information on the evaluation parameters download the detailed table
The LEED logo indicates the presence of recycled material inside a product and usually also indicates specifically the percentage of the components that are environmentally friendly.
Many Marca Corona products are made of recycled raw materials, so they can display this marking and contribute to obtaining LEED V4 credits.
This environmental product certification ensures that a material conforms to the strictest standards governing emissions inside buildings of volatile organic compounds (VOC).
GreenGuard started in the United States and is now recognized by many international sustainable building programmes.
The complete list of certified building materials and Marca Corona certified products is available on UL Environment Website
Marca Corona products are issued with a PEF (Product Environmental Footprint). This document defines a product’s environmental footprint over its entire lifetime, from quarrying of the raw material to disposal, “from cradle to grave”.
This is measured by a joint analysis of different environmental impact parameters and enables further LEED V4 points to be obtained.
Marca Corona also boasts the HPD (Health Product Declaration). This states the healthiness of the finished product in terms of the composition of the building material and the effect on the health of those who come into contact with it during all the phases of the architectural project.
The main assessment criteria are the content of the recycled material and the absence of volatile organic compounds (VOC). HPD also contributes to obtaining LEED V4 credits.
Marca Corona has adopted EPD (Environmental Product Declaration), the voluntary declaration that defines the environmental impact of manufacturing in terms of waste production, emissions into the atmosphere and groundwater, consumption of energy and raw materials.
This certificate is based on a product life cycle assessment and is issued by an independent body that enables LEED V4 credits to be obtained. Marca Corona has boasted the industry EPD, since 2016 issued by the ceramics companies that are members of Confindustria Ceramica, and has been awarded with the brand EPD, certifying the environmental safety and quality of Marca Corona products since 2017.