VMZINC and sustainable building

Throughout the world, the main aims of environmental quality in building approaches or guidelines are to:

  • Reduce impacts on the exterior environment (reducing greenhouse gases, improving water and waste management, etc)
  • Participate in the protection of natural resources
  • Create a healthy and comfortable interior environment

 

The main ways in which VMZINC solutions contribute to the environmental performance of sustainable building:

 

Environmental objective Contribution of VMZINC products
1. The building blends harmoniously into its immediate environment - Malleability.
- Varied range of aspects and colours (natural, preweathered QUARTZ-ZINC, ANTHRA-ZINC and PIGMENTO, and bilacquered).
- Large selection of roofing and facade systems.
2. Integrated choice of building products, procedures and systems. - See EPD
- Sustainable, 100 % recyclable products Low level of energy consumption required for manufacturing zinc metal, no maintenance, easy to install and remove.
3. Low level of nuisance caused by site work - Optimisation of site waste (low volume of waste, 100% recyclable).
- Low level of noise nuisance (fast, semi-industrialised installation).
- No air or water pollution.
- No water consumption.
4. Energy management - Total adaptability of VMZINC Systems to regulation on thermal requirements, Integrated thermal and photovoltaic solar systems
5. Water management - Compatibility of VMZINC systems with solutions for re-utilisation of rainwater.
6. Waste management - This point does not concern VMZINC products.
7. Maintenance management - This point does not concern VMZINC products.
8. Hygrothermal comfort Choosing a roofing system in rolled zinc reduces the risks of condensation inside the roofing system, in both traditional rolled zinc roofing systems (ventilated systems with air cavity) and warm roof type systems (with vapour barriers).
9. Acoustic comfort -VMZINC traditional roofing systems are very effective in terms of airborne noise pollution.
- In terms of impact noise, the acoustic performance of traditional roofing systems is improved by increasing the thickness of thermal insulation (upgrade of thermal regulation requirements).
10. Visual comfort This point does not concern VMZINC products.
11. Olfactory comfort This point does not concern VMZINC products.
12. Quality of hygiene of premises This point does not concern VMZINC products.
13. Quality of air hygiene This point does not concern VMZINC products.
14. Quality of water hygiene This point does not concern VMZINC products.

 

Sustainable building reference guides (HQE approach, BREEAM, etc.) assess the contribution of building products to the environmental performance of buildings on the basis of quantitative results in terms of Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) provided in Product Environmental Declarations (EPD) such as the French Fiches de Déclarations Environnementales et Sanitaires (FDES), the British BRE Environmental Profile, etc.

 

To rank VMZINC solutions in terms of sustainable building, VMZINC has LCAs conducted for its products and publishes EPDs that comply with the standards of the various markets on which they are sold.

Numerous EPDs on our RWS systems and our roofing and facade systems are now available for download on our website.

The data provided on VMZINC systems in the EPDs reflects the main environmental advantages of rolled zinc or sustainable building:

  • Sustainable (from 50 to 100 years depending on type of atmosphere)
  • Recyclable (over 95 % of old rolled zinc is recovered and re-used in various fields of application)
  • Low energy consumption (consumption of energy required to manufacture zinc metal from mineral is lower than that required for any other metal used in building envelope applications).