Armourcoat and the environment

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. 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 operation of the built environment.

As a global company Armourcoat recognise the wider impact our products have on the planet. Since our beginnings we have an ongoing commitment to reducing our carbon footprint, from the sourcing of raw materials, to manufacturing, application and in-service life.

Our journey

Our environmental stewardship began over thirty years ago with the introduction of recycled marble within our main product lines. We continue our work with exploring the use of raw materials with lower embodied carbon and energy. 

Follow this journey of discovery on our podcast series 'Beneath the Surface' where Marketing Director Daniel Nevitt discusses sustainability with global industry leaders across the spectrum of construction and design.

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.

Clay plasters are regarded as having the lowest embodied energy of any interior finish. Recent studies have shown they have 85% less embodied energy than standard lime plasters. For further information on our new range of clay lime plasters please visit our Clime page.