Benefits of GreenBuilding
Focused on the environment
The issues of environmental responsibility, climate change, limits on the use of non-renewable resources and the demand for energy are pivotal in ensuring a better quality of life for present and future generations.
Encouraging building construction and renovation using materials made exclusively with components of natural mineral origin, with low environmental impact, recycled and with reduced emissions of CO2 helps protect our planet and lies at the very foundation of Kerakoll GreenBuilding.
All products have been certified eco-friendly in accordance with the GreenBuilding Rating for environmental impact assessment.
Indoor air quality
The most current information on domestic pollution is clear: the quality of indoor air in homes can be from 2 to 3 times worse than outside.
The indoor microclimate, along with chemical pollution, has a significant impact on the quality of the environments in which we live, and consequently on our wellbeing.
The use of eco-friendly materials that do not release polluting substances and the rediscovery of mortars, plasters/renders, and natural paints that allow walls to breathe have solved a widespread problem: improving indoor air quality to help achieve total wellbeing.
The tests were conducted at the European indoor air quality research centre, JRC – Joint Research Centre – European Commission – Ispra, Varese (Italy).
Illnesses caused by Sick Building Syndrome
According to estimates by the World Health Organisation, 20% of the western population is affected by Sick Building Syndrome (headaches, nausea, irritations) traceable to the poor quality of construction materials of chemical origin and to the low breathability of buildings.
Kerakoll GreenBuilding limits the occurrence of diseases linked to poor building construction and reduces the concentration of pollutants found in indoor air, guaranteeing immediate comfort and living wellbeing.
Prevents the proliferation of microorganisms
Indoor allergens such as mites, fungi and bacteria are becoming an environmental contaminant of increasing concern. Scientific studies have in fact correlated their presence in buildings with an increasing number of allergies and asthma in children and young adults. The environmental condition that favours this growth is high humidity and poor breathability in the walls.
Kerakoll materials with high basic pH are naturally antibacterial and anti-mould, and ensure dry, healthy, disinfected environments, preventing bacteria and moulds from taking root and proliferating to the detriment of the health of the environments and the wellbeing of the people in them.
The tests were conducted at the CSTB Institute – Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment – Microbiology Laboratory of the Department of Energy-Health-Environment / Health Division, Marne-la-Vallée, Paris, in collaboration with the Pasteur Institute of Paris and the Hygiene and Epidemiology-Mycology Institute of Brussels.
Improves the energy efficiency of buildings
In Italy, the energy used in residential construction represents 30% of electrical consumption and 25% of national carbon dioxide emissions. Saving energy to protect the environment and improve the energy and environmental performance of buildings is at the basis of GreenBuilding.
By applying natural insulating cladding or breathable insulating plasters an optimum heat insulation is ensured, while maintaining breathability in the walls, benefiting wellbeing inside the buildings and making them less costly to heat and cool, healthier, and more eco-friendly.
Breathable systems for insulation and energy saving were subjected to severe performance tests in a special thermal chamber that is on the cutting-edge of technology in Europe, developed in collaboration with the University of Modena, Civil Engineering Department and approved by the ITC Institute – Institute for Construction Technologies – CNR – Milan
The solutions adopted by Kerakoll GreenBuilding
The health advantages for people
Kerakoll GreenBuilding also increases the value of the building
Healthy building has its advantages