July 13, 2020

Corporate

Sustainability tips for achieving an Eco Home

In line with its Eco Conscious programme, PORCELANOSA Group proposes a series of practical ideas for creating homes of the future based on respect for the environment and sustainability.

The small details can change the world. The growing concern for environmental issues and the preservation of the environment in the future has permeated the conscience of society. For this reason, multinationals such as PORCELANOSA Group have launched a series of measures for responsible waste management, water and energy consumptionenergy consumption These actions are focused on sustainable production based on the circular economy.

In addition to the measures taken in its facilities and factories, this firm encourages the construction of residences with the LEED certification that guarantees the use of materials that respect the environment. Under this premise, the companies of PORCELANOSA Group propose a number of sustainability tips so that any home can become an Eco Home.

Sustainable materials in an Eco Home

One of the first sustainable proposals is offered by Venis, a firm that believes in the effectiveness of small gestures such as replacing traditional light bulbs with low-consumption LED lights.In this regard, the use of natural light through large windows or skylights is also worth noting.

Porcelanosa also offers eco-friendly ceramic wood made with 95% recycled material. It is suitable for use both as flooring and as cladding, thereby promoting the most sustainable homes.

For the installation of ceramics, Butech has developed the cement adhesive additive R-ECO, with which a reduction of up to 800 mt/year in plastic is calculated if it were to be used to install all PORCELANOSA Group ceramics.

In its advancement towards sustainable innovation and the creation of eco houses, Krion offers the installation of washbasins and shower trays with Krion Shell®. This is a natural mineral joined by bio resin, which is made up of recycled PET material. Its high resistance, avant-garde design and sustainable nature make it a constructive solution certified by SCS and GREENGUARD, ensuring low emissions of chemicals into the environment.

Sophistication with an eco-friendly design

The 15% increase in the use of containers for recycling packaging during the lockdown -according to the data provided by Ecoembes- has shown that households are taking measures to promote sustainability. In addition to complying with the philosophy of the 3 Rs (reuse, recycle and reduce), L'Antic Colonial encourages a fully eco house through a design based on renewable materials.Natural wood from controlled forest areas and mosaics made from recycled glass also stand out.

Eco tips for the kitchen

XTone Bottega Acero Nature 154 cm x 328 cm

XTone Ars Beige Nature 150 cm x 300 cm

XTone Carrara White 154 cm x 328 cm

To turn your kitchen into a sustainable and safe space, Urbatek and Gamadecor propose:

  • Cooking on surfaces that are hygienic and antibacterial. The zero porosity and antiseptic properties of XTONE surfaces allow safe contact with food by preventing the proliferation of fungi and bacteria that can contaminate food.
  • Replace processed foods for organic products that are seasonal and locally-sourced. This small gesture will help reduce CO2 emissions produced during food transport and will support local trade.
  • Natural but responsible kitchens. The chipboard used for the Gamadecor kitchens is made of 72% recycled material, of which 49% comes from the circular economy and 23% from sawmill waste (by-product). In addition, the wood comes from well-managed forests following sustainable logging criteria, as certified by the FSC seal. Cocinas que no renuncian al diseño, pero sí reducen la tala innecesaria de más de 4.117 árboles al año.
  • Avoid aggressive cleaning products that contain toxic substances such as solvents or disinfectants. As they contain refined petroleum compounds, these products generate emissions that contaminate the atmosphere. The easy maintenance of XTONE surfaces will allow for cleaning with completely natural products.
  • Eliminate those plastic containers that will take about 500 years to decompose and switch to glass containers instead.
  • Distance the fridge from the microwave and the oven, as the heat of these can make the refrigerator consume much more energy for further cooling.

The technology applied to this room deserves a special mention, as it can help us to significantly reduce food waste or the consumption of packaging. This is the case for the Smart Kitchen from Gamadecor. This solution won the IF Design Award 2020 in the Professional Concept category. Thanks to its product detection and expiry date scanning technology, it notifies us when products are close to their best before dates, and it can propose menus based on the products we have.

Bathrooms that look towards sustainability

Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 40-60 seconds to ensure hygiene and health is resulting in higher water expenditure. In view of this situation, Noken, water consumption specialists, explains how to save water at home and produces responsible taps. These include cold start systems, flow limiters and ECO aerators that can save between 40% and 80% of household consumption.

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