Products with a purpose (part 1)
In today's market, sustainability in building materials is a key component of home building. In fact, according to a recent report by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), 67 percent of buyers report wanting an environmentally friendly home or being concerned about the environment in general. Boral Industries Inc.’s domestically produced products and the plants in which they are created include the sustainable exterior cladding solutions home buyers seek in brick, stone, trim and roofing.
Boral Bricks’ commitment to sustainable manufacturing and innovation makes the company a solid source for energy-efficient, durable products. Made from 100 percent genuine clay and shale, all-natural bricks have an exceptionally long life cycle, do not emit ozone-depleting substances and can be manufactured virtually waste-free. Clay bricks are the prime choice to help projects achieve LEED certification by qualifying for potential LEED credits in several categories. Bricks from their Salisbury, North Carolina plant hold Cradle-to-Cradle Silver Certification by the McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC). Boral Bricks’ 295,000-square-foot facility in Terre Haute, Indiana is the largest brick manufacturing plant in the nation and the only brick plant in the U.S. to receive the LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The facility is a zero-waste operation where nearly all materials used in the process are recycled in new batches. The plant also uses recycled materials from a nearby coal plant and methane gas from a nearby landfill as an alternative fuel source.
Bricks are just the beginning. Cultured Stone® by Boral also exemplifies eco-friendly features in both its products and plant manufacturing processes. Cultured Stone® by Boral products incorporate a minimum of 54 percent recycled content on all veneer products as validated by UL Environmental™. In addition Cultured Stone® is the only manufactured stone veneer product that is GREENGAURD Gold Certified. Cultured Stone® was also the first product in the industry to be named a NAHB Green Approved product. The company’s manufacturing plant in Napa, California utilizes a closed-loop water system that reduces water consumption by approximately 50 percent per ton of veneer produced. The plant also utilizes a system that reduces the amount of waste put into its nearby landfill by approximately 80 percent per ton of product manufactured.