Manufacture: Lea Ceramiche, Italy   Product: tile/cladding

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LEA CERAMICHE AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Lea Ceramiche has always considered environmental protection a matter of great importance 
  • investing in the best technologies on the market to minimize the environmental impact of its activities 
  • giving all employees an excellent working environment 
  • obtaining prestigious environmental certifications
The most important collections of Lea Ceramiche have been awarded the prestigious ECOLABEL (EC regulation 66/2010), issued by the European Union only to those products with the lowest environmental impact.
 
All LEA CERAMICHE products are manufactured in production sites that are certified with Environmental Management Systems
  • ISO 14001: 2004 (internationally recognized standard) 
  • EMAS (European Regulation - EC Reg 1221/09)
DOCUMENTATION
The EMAS Environmental Statements of the production sites, documents describing the performance of production sites and all the objectives LEA Ceramiche strives to achieve in terms of environmental safeguard, are available on the website www.ceramichelea.it.

LEA CERAMICHE CARES FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
LEA CERAMICHE’S incessant strive for excellence has led us to respect the following principles when dealing with the environment.

100% INDUSTRIAL WASTE REUSED – NON FIRED TILES
The totality of the non fired material, which does not comply with our high quality standards, is reused in the production cycle. As these products are not yet fired, they can be reinserted in the initial phases of the production cycle. Recycling of this waste also reduces the need of raw materials.

100% INDUSTRIAL WASTE RECYCLED – FIRED TILES
On the other hand the fired material cannot be recycled into the production cycle. For this reason all fired material is recycled externally and
used in the construction industry. These waste products are used as a foundation in the construction of roads – this reduces the need of the
natural resources which are commonly used for this purpose.

100% INDUSTRIAL WASTE RECYCLED – NON CERAMIC WASTE
The totality of the non ceramic waste is differentiated and recycled externally.
100 % WASTE WATER RECYCLED – SAFEGUARD OF NATURAL RESOURCES
The production of tiles requires important amounts of water. So as to safeguard this precious resource LEA CERAMICHE recycles 100% of waste
water from the production cycle. This allows the reduction of water consumption by 60%. None of the water used in the pr oduction cycle is discharged into the ecosystem.

LOW GAS EMISSIONS INTO THE ATMOSPHERE
LEA CERAMICHE complies strictly to Italian Standards (cfr Post-Kyoto Protocol negotiations on greenhouse gas emissions). The strive
for excellence has led us to invest in high quality technology that keeps our emissions 10 times inferior the allowed limits.

ENERGY SAVING
Through a complex piping system LEA CERAMICHE manages to conserve the heat emitted during the firing process and reuses it in the preparation of the
mix used for the body – this reduces the need in methane by 25%.

100% RECYCLABLE MATERIAL USED FOR PACKING
The materials used for the packing of LEA CERAMICHE porducts are completely recyclable. These materials include carton boxes, plastic materials, wooden pallets, etc.

FAO PALLETS
For shipments LEA CERAMICHE uses debarked pallets (DB), in accordance with the IPPC / FAO ISPM 15 standards. This is a further warranty for the forest safeguard of countries importing LEA CERAMICHE products.

LEED CREDIT SYSTEM
Lea Ceramiche is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council: this is an organisation that promotes buildings that are environmentally friendly,
profitable and healthy places to live and work in.

SS Credit 7.1 - Heat Island Effect / Non roof (NC, CI, CS, SCHOOLS LEED Rating Systems): 1 LEED point is granted for the use of hardscape materials with SRI ≥ 29.
The great majority of Lea Ceramiche products do not contribute to change the energy balance of the environments where they are installed. They do not produce any Urban Heat Island Effect, thanks to their very good physical properties, i.e. Solar Reflectance Index SRI ≥ 29.

EA Credit 1 - Optimize Energy Performance (NC, CI, CS, SCHOOLS LEED Rating Systems)
The Thermal conductivity of Lea Ceramiche porcelain tiles is 0.75 Btu/ft h °F (1.3 Watt/m°K or 1.1 Kcal/m h °C). For this reason it is ideal for heating floors systems and external cladding. The Thermal conductivity of Lea Ceramiche wall tiles is 0.4 Btu/ft h °F (0.7 Watt/m°K or 0.6 Kcal/m h °C).

MR Credit 2 - Construction Waste Management (NC, CI, CS, SCHOOLS LEED Rating Systems): 2 LEED points are granted if at least 75% of the weight of
Raw materials – tiles and packing - will be recycled.
Lea Ceramiche tiles and their packing material (carton boxes, plastic packaging materials, wooden pallets, straps, etc..) are 100% recyclable. The management of the waste on the building site is also easier because the quantity of waste is very small (weight of packaging is around 2-3% of weight of total material).

MR Credit 4 - Recycled Content (NC, CI, CS, SCHOOLS LEED Rating Systems): 2 LEED points are granted if the % post-consumer waste + ½ of the % preconsumer waste ≥ 20% of the total raw materials, based on cost.
The great majority of Lea Ceramiche products are produced with 40% of pre-consumer recycled materials, as certified by a qualified external company. The certificate is available on the website www.ceramichelea.it.

MR Credit 5 - Regional Materials (NC, CS, SCHOOLS LEED Rating Systems): 2 LEED points are granted if the use of local raw materials is equal to 20% of the
total materials value, based on cost.
• These Credits are applicable for buildings constructed within 500 miles (804,5 km) from Lea Ceramiche production sites (Finale Emilia MO, Italy; Toano RE, Italy; Aveiro, Portugal; Lawrenceburg Kentucky, USA).
• The % contribution based on the cost of Lea Ceramiche tiles to a single LEED project is calculated based on the geographical position of the construction site.

MR Credit 5 - Regional Materials (CI Rating Systems Only): 2 LEED points are granted if the use of local raw materials is equal to 20% of the total materials value, based on cost.
• 1 LEED Point: use a minimum of 20% of the combined value of construction and Division 12 (Furniture) materials and products that are manufactured regionally within a radius of 500 miles from Lea Ceramiche production sites (Finale Emilia MO, Italy; Toano RE, Italy; Aveiro, Portugal; Lawrenceburg Kentucky, USA).
• 2 LEED Points: meet the previous criterion requirement and use a minimum of 10% of the combined value of construction and Division 12 (Furniture) materials and products extracted, harvested or recovered, as well as manufactured, within 500 miles of the project.

IEQ Credit 4.1 - Low Emitting Materials, Adhesives and Sealants (NC, CI, CS, SCHOOLS LEED Rating Systems: 1 LEED point is granted if all adhesives
and sealants used on the interior of the building comply with SCAQMD Rule #1168 (VOC limit of ceramic adhesives not more than 65 g/l less water).

IEQ Credit 4.3 - Low Emitting Materials, Flooring Systems (NC, CI, CS, SCHOOLS LEED Rating Systems): 1 LEED point is granted if all flooring complies with the requirements indicated in IEQ Credit 4.3 Section.
Lea Ceramiche tiles obtain 1 LEED point because they do not contain any Volatile Organic Compounds VOC (see LEED 2009 NC, CI, CS, SCHOOLS Rating Systems).

IEQ Credit 4.6 - Low Emitting Materials, Ceiling and Wall Systems (SCHOOLS LEED Rating System only): 1 LEED point.
Lea Ceramiche tiles obtain 1 LEED point because they do not contain any Volatile Organic Compounds VOC (see Addenda of LEED Reference Guide for Green Building Design and Construction, 2009 Edition).
ID Credit 1 - Innovation in Design: 1-5 LEED points for NC, CI and CS, 1-4 LEED points for SCHOOLS
• “Innovation in Design”: the main collections of Lea Ceramiche have got the prestigious ecological mark ECOLABEL (CE 66/2010), based on the product LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) and awarded by the EU only to those products with the lowest environmental impact.
• “Innovation in Design”: Arenaria, and upon request, also other products of Lea Ceramiche, have got antibacterial surfaces, that reduce bacterial presence by up to 99.9 % (ISO 22196 test method)
• “Exemplary performances” MR Credit 2 - CONSTRUCTION WASTE MANAGEMENT: 1 LEED point may be earned if at least 95% by weight of the Raw Materials - material and packing - will be recycled. Lea Ceramiche tiles and their packing material (carton boxes, plastic packaging materials, wooden pallets, straps, etc..) are 100% recyclable.
• “Exemplary performances” IEQ Credit 4.6 - LOW EMITTING MATERIALS, CEILING and WALL SYSTEMS: 1 LEED point may be earned for NC, CI, CS LEED Buildings: no traces of VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) are present in LEA Ceramiche tiles (see Addenda of LEED Reference Guide for Green Building Design and Costruction, 2009 Edition).

RP Credit 1- Regional Priority (NC, CI, CS, SCHOOLS LEED Rating Systems): 1-4 LEED points.
Between 1 and 4 credits can be obtained, of the 6 Regional Priority credits identified by the USGBC regional councils and chapters, if the project has an environmental importance for the region, where it is being constructed. A database of Regional Priority credits and their geographic applicability is available on the USGBC website www.usgbc.org.

LEED Rating System of Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (EBOM)
The cleaning and maintenance procedures on Lea Ceramiche’s general catalogue can help obtain the following LEED credits.
• SS Credit 7.1 - HEAT ISLAND REDUCTION (Non roof): 1 LEED point is granted if a maintenance program is organized, that ensures the surfaces are cleaned at least every 2 years to maintain a good reflectance.
• IEQ 3.1 - GREEN CLEANING, HIGH PERFORMANCE CLEANING PROGRAM: 1 LEED point.
• IEQ 3.3 – GREEN CLEANING, PURCHASE OF SUSTAINABLE CLEANING PRODUCTS AND MATERIALS: 1 LEED point.

MR 3 - Sustainable Purchasing, Facility Alterations and Additions: 1 LEED point is granted if the purchases contain at least 10 % post-consumer waste and/or 20 % pre-consumer waste material
The great majority of Lea Ceramiche porducts are produced with 40% of pre-consumer recycled materials, as certified by a qualified extenral company. The certificate is available on the website www.ceramichelea.it.