January 19, 2022
With the introduction of new environmental and sustainable building policies in the UN Agenda 2030, construction in Europe has years of profound change ahead.
Installing and using renewable energy systems, and using more efficient materials and pre-fabricated systems or ventilated façades are all ways of bolstering sustainable transformation in construction and reducing CO2 emissions (30% of which come from buildings). PORCELANOSA offers a wide range of sustainable products in its extensive catalogue, designed to make spaces healthier and more welcoming.
Sustainable materials for the home
Sustainable materials promote energy savings, and have recycled elements in their composition to help protect the environment. They're also more long-lasting, and don't pollute our natural resources. Examples include sustainable WaterForest solutions by Noken and Krion Shell®. The latter has a structure that makes it suitable for use in the bathroom, containing a minimum of 5% recycled plastic waste. Krion Shell® is highly resistant and almost completely non-porous, making it ideal for resistant and hygienic bathroom countertops, washbasins and shower trays.
To make bathrooms safer and more eco-efficient, you can opt for solutions such as Noken digital taps (Pure Line model) which promote more responsible water and energy consumption. Alternatively, their Touchless models use a sensor to turn on the tap without any contact, and they save up to 70% of water (Noken Eco Flow technology). The PORCELANOSA brand has taken a new direction, launching products that use technology to improve sustainability (Noken I-Smart). They feature automated mechanisms and flow limiters for more rational use of natural resources, and they can also be used to obtain LEED and BREEAM certificates for sustainable buildings.
Sustainable kitchens, sustainable habits
If you're trying to live a more sustainable lifestyle but still want a designer kitchen, designs like the Emotions 4.40 Limo Mate by Gamadecor can make it a reality. Constructed in FSC® wood (from sustainably-managed forests), the kitchen offers generous storage and optimised space with integrated low-consumption household appliances (A+++ sustainable label) and a functional aesthetic.
LED lights, reusable bamboo and stainless steel storage, and eco-friendly materials like Krion® Lux will lengthen the kitchen's lifespan - as well as improve users' wellbeing. The sustainable mineral compact is made up of two-thirds natural minerals, and has low levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Some solid surface models are made with up to 40% recycled materials, and they can be repaired in situ, lengthening the lifespan of the material.