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Sustainable Innovators - By Anna Zappia

Livable Lifespans
Sometimes in design, the sustainable answer has
been there all along. One of the oldest materials
employed in interior and exterior design is ceramic
tile, which has been widely used and prized in Europe
for centuries. Specifiers stateside have begun to
appreciate not only its beauty but also its value as an
original eco-friendly product.
"If you do something once and do it right, that truly is
the most sustainable thing you can do. The lifespan
of tile is a minimum of 100 years. So, one of the
most durable and most sustainable materials really is
ceramic tile," says Ryan Fasan, technical consultant
for Tile of Spain, the international brand representing
more than 120 Spanish ceramic tile manufacturers
belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers'
Association (ASCER).

With rating systems and standards like LEED and Passive House now being
part of the ongoing dialogue, both designers and consumers are certainly
more aware. "The baseline of understanding is rising, and we're moving to
a more holistic, multiattribute perception of what constitutes a sustainable
product," Fasan says. But he believes that education about the benefits of
tile and advances in the industry are keys to making even more progress.
"Using 2-centimeter pavers in exterior hardscaping, especially in lighter
colors, can greatly reduce the urban heat island effect," Fasan explains.
"Spanish ceramic manufacturers are using the same technology for glazes
in exterior fa├žades that neutralize nitrous oxide, which is a major component
of acid rain. This is the technology that's not only helping to create more
sustainable buildings, but also helping to create a cleaner world around us."

Dune proves the design
possibilities of one of the oldest
materials used for interior and
exterior design: ceramic tile.
(Image: Dune/Tile of Spain)

Ceramic tile has a
minimum lifespan
of 100 years, making
it a sustainable
design choice. Shown
here are style options
from Azuliber.
(Image: Azuliber/Tile
of Spain)

"Sustainability is a journey,
and we need to approach it that way and
celebrate each step we take."
-SUSAN INGLIS,
SUSTAINABLE FURNISHINGS COUNCIL

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