Material culture means considering the environment as the context of our every action: from the choice of materials and manufacturing, to the post-sale life-cycle of the product, including disposal and recycling.
Testifying to this commitment, back in 1998 we were the first ceramic manufacturer in the world to obtain ISO 14001 certification, which sets the “environmental management system” requisites for companies, analysing not only production processes but also R&D, design, purchasing and material handling departments. The certification, obtained with DNV - one of the world's most respected certification bodies - verifies every possible environmental impact deriving from the company's manufacturing process.
Optimisation and recycling have become fundamental requisites of every process for us. To this end, we obtained ISO 9001 certification which requires maximum corporate commitment to optimisation of processes, from receipt of raw materials through to shipping of finished goods. We have also adopted the “Life Cycle Assessment” (LCA) approach, which allows us to analyse and plan the product life-cycle, from raw materials through to the finished product, respecting natural resources and the environment.
The new global challenge today is LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design): one of the most widespread building certification systems in the North American market, which is now gaining ground in the rest of the world too. Caesar has been awarded the USGBC mark (U.S. Green Building Council), of which it is a member. The certification method envisages the allocation of a score to the building in question, awarded based on verified compliance with the various pre-requisites and LEED credits (sustainable sites, efficiency in water management, energy consumption and impact on the atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation in design).
All Caesar porcelain stoneware products can contribute towards the allocation of LEED credits for the purpose of certification and many of our products are manufactured using a considerable percentage of recycled pre-consumer raw materials, an important requisite for obtaining additional LEED credits.
Caesar can help you obtain the following credits:
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Our decade-long technological and aesthetic research in the service of architects and designers is driven by a deep respect for the environment, as demonstrated by international certifications:
Transparent information on the environmental impact of each product, during all stages of production: from extraction of raw materials, to shipment and use of tiles.
Multi-criteria declaration that measures the performance of a ceramic product throughout its life-cycle.
Environmental and health-related declaration for the French market, applying to building materials. Its purpose is to measure the environmental impact throughout the entire lifecycle, namely from extraction to use, by means of special sustainability indicators.
Technical requirements and quality levels with a reduced environmental impact, complying with the ISO 14021 standard and established by the Italian Ministry of the Environment. These requirements are essential for being entrusted with projects for building, renovation and maintenance of Italian public buildings.
For the sales of porcelain stoneware tiles within the Chinese market. CCC certification refers to the standard requirements relevant to the safety and health of the end user and is granted exclusively by the institutes certified by the Chinese Authorities. The complete list of certified products is available upon request at Head Office.