The CE mark is the safety product certification required by EU and it is finalized to preserve the people’s health and the goods in buildings.
The new Regulation UE N. 305/2011 is valid from the first of July 2013. The most important news is the introduction of the Declaration Of Performance (DOP) with which the supplier communicates the safety requirements concerning own materials.
Ecolabel is an environmental certification for a product, created by the European Union (CE n. 66/2010). It is done so as to allow all consumers to buy “green” products that are eco-compatible, and to contribute concretely to the safeguard the eco-system and improve our standard of living. All the Ecolabel products are marked with a clearly visible daisy. This label is a proof of excellence, because it is given after a thorough analysis of the product life cycle (LCA). For each product all the environmental aspects are considered in the production phase, from raw material to the destruction of the flooring: the quality of the air and water, protection of soils, reduction of waste, energy consumption, management of natural resources, protection of the ozone layer, and impact on biodiversity. Tiles by Panaria Ceramica are totally inert materials and, after their regular use, can be recycled as substrates for roads and buildings.
More info available on the Ecolabel website www.ecolabel.eu.
Panaria Ceramica applied for and obtained UNI approval, a stamp issued by the National Standards Body (member of CEN, European Committee for Standardization) since 1996.
Panaria Ceramica applied for and obtained also KEY MARK, Mark of Quality European of product approval of CEN since 2006.
The KEY MARK and the UNI-Certiquality mark verifies that the approved products conform with EN 14411 European regulations for ceramic tiles.
This is a product approval certificate, issued by the French Institute CSTB, who verifies the technical suitability of top quality products in relation to the type of use intended.
Panaria is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, an organization that promotes buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work in.
The U.S. GBC has created a standard called LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design): it is a system of parameters for sustainable construction, that indicates the environmental and energy efficiency of the building.
Panaria is an ordinary member of the Green Building Council Italia, a voluntary association of companies, authorities and organizations that aim to:
• favor the diffusion of a sustainable construction culture
• make the public aware of the impact that design and construction of buildings have on the quality of life
• supply clear references to operators of the market and guidelines for engineers, architects and professionals
The association promotes the introduction in Italy of an independent LEED certification method, in such a way that “green buildings” (buildings with low environmental impact) become an ingrained value in society.
Product certification concerning ecological tiles made with recycled material coming from other previous productions. This involves a lower use of natural resources and helps respecting the environment.
The Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is a transparency tool that communicates the environmental performances of Panaria porcelain tile through a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). This is a Sector-wide EPD, certified in October 2016 by an independent third party according to official guidelines (PCR), requested by the primary building certification systems such as LEED (international), BREEAM (England), HQE (France), and DGNB (Germany), as well as the legislative frameworks in Italy (requisites for sustainable public contracts).
It is a voluntary certification that gives additional value to Panaria products because they are manufactured according to the highest standards of sustainability and responsibility.