Tile Makers Like Crossville Are Setting New Bars for Sustainability

 

Sustainability continues to drive the future of AEC as regulations push for more ecologically conscious business practices and more consumers demand eco-responsibility from manufacturers and builders. But manufacturers of building materials are taking the cue as they, too, look for more eco-friendly methods of processing natural materials.

In this episode of the AEC Podcast, host Daniel Litwin sat down with William Paddock, co-founder & managing director of WAP Sustainability Consulting to discuss ways he’s seen, specifically, the tile industry shift its approach to sustainability.

From mining at the quarry to milling on the factory floor to extrusion, shaping, and pattern printing, a tile goes through many heavy-duty processes. With each of these come a layer of waste and impact on the environment.

“But the unique part is that tile performs and holds up for a long period of time,” Paddock said. “And so over the course of a lifetime, certainly there’s an environmental impact to produce that tile, but the longer that tile stays in play, the less that environmental burden comes on a year to year basis.”

One U.S. tile company, in particular, has made progress in tile manufacturing sustainability. Tennessee-based Crossville is following high standards for responsible sourcing, conservation, and the use of recycled tile content in their production.

Crossville is also leading the charge in sustainability certifications, both in products and the entire manufacturing process as well. The company was recently named as First Third Party Verified Red List Free Declare Label for the Tile Industry and First Tile Product to Achieve the Living Product Challenge Petal Certification, an industry-leading feat.

“It’s a true, very difficult to achieve, multi-attribute certification that Crossville should be very proud of,” Paddock said. And with similarities in manufacturing processes across different companies in tile, Paddock believes the entire industry should take note and take advantage of a certification like the Living Product Challenge, because tile manufacturers “naturally fit.”

For the latest news, videos, and podcasts in the AEC Industry, be sure to subscribe to our industry publication.

Follow us on social media for the latest updates in B2B!

Twitter – @AECMKSL
Facebook – facebook.com/marketscale
LinkedIn – linkedin.com/company/marketscale

Follow us on social media for the latest updates in B2B!

Image

Latest

facing adversity head-on
Facing Adversity Head-On: Leadership Insights From Charmeachealle Moore
July 23, 2024

Welcome to “Through the Storm,” where resilience and facing adversity head-on takes center stage. If you were to look up the word in the dictionary, you might just find a picture of Charmeachealle Moore, known affectionately as Mike Moore. His life story reads like a testament to unwavering determination and perseverance. Mike is a…

Read More
Breaking the Cycle and Inspiring Others
July 23, 2024

Nowadays, the traditional path to education is being questioned more than ever and there are numerous stories that provide a beacon of hope for those considering alternative routes. As the number of adults without a high school diploma reaches nearly 22 million in the United States, the importance of understanding and embracing non-traditional education…

Read More
School Safety and Regulatory Compliance
Approaching Safety and Regulatory Compliance with Intent and Purpose
July 23, 2024

In this episode of School Safety Today by Raptor Technologies Michelle Dawn Mooney sat down with special guest, Carrie Mockler, the Vice President of Operations at PublicSchoolWORKS, a Raptor Technologies company. PublicSchoolWORKS is a fully automated, all-in-one learning management system for online training for school staff and a comprehensive risk management program. Key Takeaways: •…

Read More
The Power of Self-Compassion in Leadership and Cognitive Diversity Can Transform Workplaces
July 23, 2024

Mental health and a sense of belonging are critical issues in today’s workplaces. So much that it is essential to practice self-compassion and form a better understanding of cognitive diversity. Leaders today must navigate the complexities of fostering connection and reducing isolation among their teams. Recent studies indicate that 40 percent of employees feel…

Read More