Sustainability is the capacity to prosper and to ensure continuance over time.
This definition may also be used to characterize ceramic tiles. Ceramics manufacture is the oldest industry, having begun around 10 to 15 thousand years ago. Our ancestors used ceramics to store water, food and seeds, essential for mankind’s survival.
And today, when sustainable development is gaining increasing weight in the public, business and societal agenda, the Brazilian ceramic tile industry is differentiated by its sustainable attributes.
Ceramic tiles have a lifetime of 50 years, compared with:
> 6 years for carpets,
> 10 years for vinyl flooring and
> 15 years for wooden flooring
source: University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Comparative life cycle analysis (LCA) between different types of floor covering, 2012, cited by Cofindustria Ceramica
Quality Label for Porcelain Tile
The Selo da Qualidade para Porcelanato (Quality Label for Porcelain Tile) is fully attuned with the Anfacer Initiative + Sustainable.
It was created by Anfacer with the objective of informing customers and consumers about the characteristics of porcelain tile and differentiating products in compliance with the ABNT NBR 15463 standard.
This is a commitment on the part of Anfacer to improve quality in the ceramic tiles offered on the national and international markets.
This is a movement supported by ANFACER to boost quality in the sector. The fact that compliance with the system is voluntary has transformed it into a business case.
The Centro Cerâmico do Brasil - CCB - (Brazil Ceramic Center) plays a strategic role in promoting this pursuit of compliance. The CCB was created to develop and implant technical standards and to certify the quality of ceramic products and management systems. Additionally, the CCB functions as a technology center for the civil construction industry, supported by the LabCCB, a laboratory manned by a highly qualified team, and the Núcleo de Inovação em Produtos e Design (Product and Design Innovation Nucleus). Currently, the CCB is an international benchmark in control, compliance and laboratory testing and, together with ANFACER, represents Brazil in the ISO TC 189 delegation.
Sector Manual of the Performance Standard in Building
The ABNT NBR 15575:2013 standard represents a landmark for the Brazilian civil construction industry in terms of the technical conformity of materials, building quality and respect for the consumer.
Based on the pillars of safety, sustainability and habitability, the standard encompasses concepts such as useful life or lifetime, legal guarantees and guarantee terms. It also defines the responsibilities of project designers, construction companies, real estate developers and product suppliers, provides guidance for consumers and suppliers, as well as ground rules for technical reports and the foundations for judicial decisions.
To support its members in understanding and complying with the ABNT NBR 15575 Performance Standard, ANFACER created the Sector Manual of the Performance Standard in Building , with support from the CCB (Brazil Ceramic Center).
The manual offers a set of data, technical proofs and laboratory tests aligned with the requirements of the standard in the application and use of flooring and vertical seals in construction systems, given that building performance, plans and material specifications gain enormous importance in the definition of the lifetime of building systems and components, impacting the entire construction sector value chain, including architects, engineers and consumers.