The manufacture of building materials contributes up to 11% of total global greenhouse gas emissions according to the latest data from the United Nations Environment Programme(1)
. Climate change is a rapidly growing concern and in order to alleviate the effects, particularly of carbon emissions, we need to consider energy efficiency and sustainability in both the construction and the operation of the built environment.
As a global company Armourcoat recognise the wider impact its products have on the planet. Armourcoat has an ongoing commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, from the sourcing of raw materials, to manufacturing, application and in-service life.
Founded with a determination to be the best and to responsibly provide natural, high performance products and to install them, Armourcoat is successfully working to provide a healthy, sustainable service to the benefit of all.
Armourcoat environmental stewardship began over thirty years ago with the introduction of recycled marble within its main product lines. Armourcoat continues its work with exploring the use of raw materials with lower embodied carbon and energy.
Embodied energy is that required for extraction of natural resources, manufacturing, transportation, installation and disposal of materials. The embodied energy in an interior fit out project is substantial. A moderate office renovation, including wall finishes, floorings, ceilings, furniture and interior doors can account for nearly 850,000MJ of energy. Wall finishes account for approximately 7% total of embodied energy of the fit-out - or 59,500MJ of energy(2)
To support our sustainability programme, all printed Clime marketing material production is carbon neutral through ‘ClimatePartner’ which works to offset the exact amount of CO2
emitted. This includes the emissions of the raw materials, printing and transportation. The CO2
emissions are offset by supporting a recognised carbon offset project that reduces emissions effectively. Our chosen project is the Clean Oceans Plastic Bank in Haiti, Indonesia and the Philippines.
FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified sources are used for all printing material. The FSC stamp of approval means that the forests are sustainably managed with more trees being planted each year than are chopped down.
(1) 2019 Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction, Global Alliance for Building and Construction
(2) Green Standards 'Corporate Real Estate, Embodied Carbon and Climate Change', Joseph Fava, September 2016