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Eco Facts

Eco Facts

Specifiers of engineered quartz and engineered marble floors can qualify for several different credits in the LEED programme.

Recycled Content
  • Post-industrial recycled content 90% or more in our engineered marble products
  • Engineered quartz can incorporate recycled products such as glass, mirror, seashells, granite chips thereby can be considered post consumer and post industrial recycled material
  • Post-consumer recycled content 20% in quartz products containing glass, mirror, seashells, granite chips
  • Some colors contain 78% granite chips and so are considered post industrial
Manufacturing Process
  • Our factories propose new and innovative products by re-cycling granite and marble stones that could not be used in any other way by the natural product industry and would then be waste due to their shape and size, agglomerating them together with a low percentage of other components such as marble dust/powders and organic pigments produce trend setting materials
  • The material is recyclable when its current use is no longer required. Our factories respect the environment in all phases of the manufacturing process. The water used for the production phases is filtered and re-cycled. All dust particles in the air are fully filtered in a controlled environment in our factories
  • The wastage from the different production processes is re-used. Slurry produced is sent to specialized companies that use it to produce cement therefore reused. The cut-offs resulting from the cutting of the slabs into tiles can be crushed and used as a bed for industrial floorings and roads
  • The wastage that cannot be recycled is sent to authorized dumps or old quarries as landfill. Once the old quarry is full, it is covered with earth to restore the original outline of the mountain
  • Quarries are in close proximity to our factories, reducing transit and helping to save on transportation energy consumption, reducing emissions. Transported to North America via sea freight

End of Life
  • Quartz is an abundant natural resource throughout the world and can be extracted without undue impact on the environment
  • Quartz is extremely durable, one of the hardest materials in the world, ranking fourth behind the diamond therefore hard wearing nature
  • Quartz has high compressive strength
  • Quartz products have longevity- will perform beyond the life of the building

Low Environmental Impact
  • Quartz is low maintenance and does not require harsh stripping chemicals or waxes
  • Does not require the use of toxic or high-VOC finishes and cleaning products to maintain cleanliness and surface finish. A neutral detergent and warm water is all that is required. Neutral detergents are readily biodegradable
  • Quartz has very low water absorption. Non porous surface will inhibit the growth of microbes, mold and mildew therefore environmentally friendly
  • Quartz has antibacterial properties therefore suitable for hospital surfaces such as laboratories
  • Tiles are available in large format, reducing the number of grout joints and provides fewer opportu nities for bacteria growth
  • Product is fully cured prior to installation and is delivered ready to install. Does not need a flush out period or special maintenance procedures before building occupation.
  • There are no emissions released after installation
  • An MSDS sheet indicates 0 hazard rating. None of the ingredients in our products are considered hazard ous materials according to OSHA
  • CLASS 1 fire rated; heat resistant
Performance
  • Quartz holds up to the sustained traffic, spills and intensive cleaning
  • Quartz is stain resistant and scratch resistant
  • High slip resistance - .7 dry
  • Moderately priced
  • Unlimited attractive colors
  • Can be used in all interior areas of the healthcare facility including lobbies, restaurants, bathrooms, nurses’ stations, waiting areas. Suitable for floors, walls, window sills, countertops, vanities, stairs, table tops, foun tains, just to name a few.
DIAMASTONE - LEED POINTS

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System is a nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED recognizes performance in five key areas of human environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environment quality.


LEED points available when using Diamastone:

1. MRc4.1 - Recycled Content: 10% (Post-consumer + ½ pre consumer) - 1 point
  • Diamastone Engineered quartz incorporates recycled products such as glass, mirror, seashells, granite chippings
  • 20% in quartz products containing glass or mirror
2. MRc5.1 Regional Materials, 20% manufactured regionally - 1 point
  • Engineered quartz countertops are fabricated by local fabricators within 500 miles of a project.
3. EQc4.1 Low-Emitting Materials, Adhesives and Sealants - 1 point
  • Engineered quartz does not contain VOC’s
  • Adhesives and sealants recommended have low VOC emissions

LEED points available when using Marmastone:

1. MRc4.1 - Recycled Content: 10% (Post-consumer + ½ pre consumer) - 1 point
  • Post-industrial recycled content is 90% or more for engineered marble
2. MRc4.2 - Recycled Content: 20% (Post-consumer + ½ pre consumer) - 1 point
  • Post-industrial recycled content is 90% or more for engineered marble
3. MRc5.1 Regional Materials, 20% manufactured regionally - 1 point
  • Marmastone Engineered marble countertops or cut to size units are fabricated by local    fabricators within 500 miles of a project.
4. EQc4.1 Low-Emitting Materials, Adhesives and Sealants - 1 point
  • Marmastone Engineered marble does not contain VOC’s
  • Recommended adhesives and sealants have low VOC emissions




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