When sourcing raw materials, we take the environmental variable into consideration to reduce the impact, selecting the RECYCLED MATERIAL content based on the UNE-EN ISO 14021 standard: Environmental Labels and Environmental Declarations. Argenta can provide the TYPE II LABEL for the recycled content environmental declaration.
UNE-EN ISO 14025, registro: DAPc002.018
Argenta has made an Environmental Product Declaration-EPD, which has been verified and registered in the DAPconstrucción® Programme.
The EPD includes different families of stoneware tile. Those covered by DAPcons® are in groups BIa and BIb and are made up of:
GlobalEDP Code: EN 17160 – 004.
Argenta has issued an environmental product declaration, which was developed and verified in accordance with the UNE-EN ISO 14025:2010, EN 15804:2012+A1:2013 and EN 17160:2019 standards.
The environmental product declaration includes the wall tile families in group BIII according to UNE-EN 14411: 2016.m.
Within this scope, based on market demand and efficient parts of the building and the future value of constructed assets (including resources, energy, sustainability, the circular economy, etc.), Argenta is making solutions available to you in order to be able to reduce the environmental impact in areas ranging from construction to use and final demolition of the building. There are currently voluntary benchmarks for building sustainability certification. It will not be long until they are compulsory like energy ratings, as that has benefits for both society and the environment, but especially for those living in the home (lower consumption of water, electricity and resources, etc.).
Argenta strives day by day to respond to the ongoing challenges raised by building sustainability and presents the evidence in a transparent and structured manner in order to aid assessment by building sustainability certification bodies: LEED, BREEAM and VERDE.
Argenta is continuing to progress with this assessment framework and includes useful information to enable performance of the Level(s) assessment at building level.
Level(s) is an open-source assessment framework produced by the European Commission based on existing regulations to provide a common EU focus to assess the environmental performance of buildings. The building sustainability certification schema in EU BREEAM, DGNB, VERDE, HQE and ITACA.
LEED®, Leader in Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Design, is an assessment system and international standard developed by the U.S. Green Building Council to encourage the development of buildings based on sustainable and high-efficiency criteria. LEED makes a building sustainable through recognition of its performance in five key areas of human health and the environment: sustainable site, water saving, energy efficiency, selection of materials and environmental quality.
Benefits of certification:
1. Savings and emissions reduction.
2. Improvements in comfort, health and productivity.
A methodology for environmental assessment and certification of buildings.
In recent years, green building concepts have been developed to include new concepts and nuances. Due to different factors such as climate change and resource scarcity, there is greater awareness of environmental problems among both the public and designers. This set of elements has led to study of buildings going beyond mere “good practices”, taking account of problems involving resource saving, comfort and selection of materials according to environmental criterial.
The assessment system is based on a performance method in accordance with the philosophy in the Technical Building Code and European directives. It is founded on the principles of bioarchitecture and that the building has to be constructed in an environmentally friendly way, in keeping with its surroundings and with high levels of comfort and quality of life for users.
BREEAM® (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) is a global method for assessment and certification of the technical sustainability of buildings.
It encourages more sustainable construction, which translates into higher profitability for those who build, operate and/or maintain the building; a reduction in its environmental impact; and greater comfort and health for those who live in, work in or use the building.
It assesses impact in 10 categories (Management, Health & Wellbeing, Energy, Transport, Water, Materials, Waste, Land Use and Ecology, Pollution and Innovation) and gives a final score after applying an environmental weighting factor that takes account of the relative importance of each impact area. It comprises the various stages of design, structure and use of buildings and provides assessment and certification schema based on building type and use.
With the aim of establishing the company as an environmentaly-committed reference within the ceramic industry, all of argenta’s production processes incorporate the measures necessary to protect our surroundings. Our goal is to manage resources and waste as well as possible and reduce the negative environmental impact of our industrial business.
The purpose of the Integrated Environmental Authorisation granted to Argenta is to prevent, reduce and control atmospheric, water and soil pollution by establishing an integrated prevention and control system that prevents damage to the environment.
By implementing an Environmental Management System according to the ISO 14001 international standard, Argenta Cerámica S.L. is positioned as a socially responsible company.
Argenta Cerámica S.L.’s quality system is certified by an independent authority (AENOR). Annual audits are carried out to verify that the ISO 14001 requirements are being met and the Environmental Quality Management System implemented remains in place.
Best available techniques:
Our production facilities are equipped with the most advanced environmental technologies and our company philosophy is centered on R+D+i.
The plant’s anti-pollution devices are subjected to rigorous controls by certified verification agencies in order to ensure that they comply with the established emission limits.
We apply all best available techniques:
Prevention of the emission of particles into the atmosphere.
Reduction of noise emission.
Reduction of water usage.
Zero dumping: reuse of production process water.
Evaluation of waste.
Integrated packaging management system.
Compliance with legislation
Integrated environmental authorisation:
Argenta Cerámica has the Integrated Environmental Authorisation. We were the third company in the ceramics sector to obtain it. The Environmental Authorisation assesses the impacts of our facilities on water, air and soil with an integrated approach.
It reduces the business’s environmental impact.
It manages resources and waste as well as possible from both a quantitative and a qualitative point of view, resulting in less hazardous raw materials and products.
Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through the use of systems employing residual heat.
Use of recycled materials for packaging and environmentally-friendly inks.
A natural product. The raw materials used for ceramic products are obtained from the earth (minerals such as quartz, kaolinite, illite, talc, silica, feldspathic minerals, etc.) which are extracted mainly from local mines.
Interior air quality. An inert product that does not emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Life cycle. The use of ceramic coverings extends the life of buildings. Installation is definitive and, therefore, such products are not destined for residue landfills or incinerators.