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The Sustainable Construction Portal points out 10 principles for choosing products that contribute to the sustainability of construction in Portugal.

Being an Ecoproduct, Gyptec laminated plasterboards meet 8 of the 10 principles:

 
       
  Products used in construction must leverage the reduction of energy consumption and natural resources since their origin, manufacture, construction and / or operation phase (throughout their entire life), while constituting an innovation or surpassing current products with a positive energy and environmental balance.
   
  The product must be reusable, recyclable and / or must contain a significant percentage of recycled materials in its composition. Thus, the exploration and use of new base materials is avoided as well as energy consumption and other resources required for manufacturing the same new product, also reducing the amount of waste, thus creating a closed lifecycle.
   
  The product's composition must contain a significant percentage of materials offered to us by nature in an inexhaustible way, thus not conditioning the future of our reserves.
   
The product must have a low rate of incorporated energy - enabling us to expect the rationalization of energy consumption from the extraction of its constituents, all the way through its manufacturing process and transportation, until its use. This is why very complex products or those requiring transportation of materials over long distances may become less sustainable than local products.
   
Products must be made and produced with domestic raw materials and technologies. The main advantage is to reduce various kinds of resources, namely energy costs with transportation; besides naturally favouring the national economy. Furthermore, this principle also points to the re-valorisation of cultural aspects related to construction, such as the use of technologies and traditional activities, the use of local materials and / or species, methods and processes of adaptation to the climate, among others.
   
The base material or the final product should not be detrimental to the environment or to humans, nor imply the use of technologies that are so throughout their entire life cycle. Thus, materials and technological processes that may release contaminants or hazardous substances, such as liquids, gases or toxic particles from the production, handling, use, until the final destination should be avoided.
   
The principle of durability can be, in and of itself, sustainable, since it avoids right from the start new production/transportation/application processes, with evident impacts on resource consumption. Moreover, the product should require little or no maintenance, thus avoiding complementary consumption, whether of energy-related, economic, or material resources, such as the replacement of elements, cleaning, waterproofing, surface treatments, etc...
   
Reliable certification can be a fast and efficient way to understand the environmental quality of a given product, provided it is in fact an accredited certification that assesses the proper management resources, from manufacturing to final use, while considering the processes implemented by companies themselves. PCS distinguishes the various certifications that can be applied in Portugal and that are accredited by credible certification systems.
Find out more in: www.csustentavel.com
 

 

 

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