Fibre Cement Slates

At this year’s Ecobuild, Marley Eternit will be showcasing the sustainability benefits of fibre cement slates and unveiling some innovative additions to the range, as well as demonstrating further proof of the company’s own environmental credentials.

Marley Eternit will be exhibiting its range of fibre cement slates, which can not only achieve an A+ rating in the BRE Green Guide to Specification but also have BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing accreditation and a low carbon footprint of just 12.7 CO2e /m2 (based on 600 x 300 slate at 100mm lap), as independently certified by Carbon Trust Certification Ltd. Not only will visitors to the stand (N1230) be able to find out about the whole life cycle sustainability properties of fibre cement but they will also be able to witness the versatility of this well established construction material for themselves, by sitting on furniture entirely made from fibre cement.

The company is also pleased to announce that its popular Birkdale slate will be available with a new fixing to facilitate lower pitch designs. The slate creates more flexible design opportunities for specifiers, designers and contractors alike, reaching pitches as low as 15°.

In addition, visitors to the stand at Ecobuild will be able to see a demonstration of BIM Space, Marley Eternit’s set of free to download Building Information Modelling (BIM) objects, which for the first time will include fibre cement slates. Sarah Harding, marketing manager from Marley Eternit, explains: "We wanted to launch BIM for our fibre cement slates at Ecobuild because it is starting to play such an important role in helping specifiers create developments faster, more economically and with less environmental impact. This complements the BIM objects already available on our range of facades and Cedral Weatherboard.

"Just as BIM places new emphasis on the lifecycle of a construction project, we wanted to take the opportunity at Ecobuild to highlight the sustainability properties throughout the whole life cycle of fibre cement. Not only does it offer strong environmental credentials in the lifecycle of the building but it can also be fully recycled at the end of its use. Waste fibre cement can be ground down and used to replace limestone and shale in clinker production, the essential ingredients for Portland cement. Using fibre cement in this way not only removes 100% of the fibre cement waste but also increases the sustainability of clinker production.

"The advent of BIM also means that environmental labelling of products is becoming even more important and manufacturers need to be able to demonstrate their sustainability credentials across a broader range of areas. We will be using Ecobuild, not only to demonstrate sustainable product innovation but also to further prove our strong environmental credentials as the only roofing manufacturer in the UK to achieve independent carbon footprint certification for a range of products by Carbon Trust Certification Ltd. The last year has also seen us receive BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing accreditation on our full range of roofing products."

The new and improved version of Marley Eternit’s ground-breaking Ecologic tile, ‘Nimbus Grey’ will also be on display at this year’s Ecobuild. The tile has a unique pollution-eating coating that absorbs Nitrogen Oxide NOx pollutants and converts them into soluble nitrates that are washed away harmlessly with rainwater. In addition to this benefit, EcoLogic tiles also contain a much higher level of recycled material than standard concrete tiles.

Marley Eternit will be exhibiting at Ecobuild stand N1230 at ExCel London from 5 to 7 March 2013, alongside its sister company Siniat, the European leader in plasterboard and drywall systems.

To book an appointment at Ecobuild with one of the Marley Eternit team, call 01283 722588.

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