Floors and screeds
Tarmac Building Products is a major supplier of a range of concrete flooring and screeds. Our range of screeds includes traditional sand and cement, rapid drying, and pumpable, self-levelling formulations. Both our flooring and screeds are designed to provide a range of options to suit our customers' individual requirements and a variety of flooring applications.
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Below are some of the sustainability issues related to our floors and screed products. We have categorised them into those relating to ‘manufacturing’ and ‘in-use and whole life benefits’.
Tarmac’s range of floors and screed products is independently certified as ‘VERY GOOD’ against the BES 6001 Framework Standard for the Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products.
This certification enables customers who use our aggregates to gain extra points under the Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), Civil Engineering Environmental Quality Assessment Scheme (CEEQUAL) and the Code for Sustainable Homes. It also reassures clients that the materials they are using have been produced responsibly across Tarmac’s business.
Our UK operations are also accredited to the Achilles BuildingConfidence scheme.
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Carbon Trust Standard
In early 2011, our whole UK organisation achieved the Carbon Trust Standard for our management and CO2 reduction performance over the past two years. We have delivered this reduction across all our UK operations.
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As part of our strategy to reduce the environmental impacts of our production, and for our end-use customers, we place a strong emphasis on energy efficiency and reducing energy in production.
Efficient use of resources
We believe that it is important to manage and reduce the environmental impacts of our production by looking at the way we use essential resources, such as water and primary aggregates, as well as the way we manage waste.
IN-USE AND LONG-TERM BENEFITS
Reducing in-use carbon footprint
The CO2 footprint of buildings in use – from processes such as heating, cooling and lighting – are considerably greater than the CO2 footprint from the manufacture of the products used in their construction.
In fact, the materials used to create buildings can have a huge beneficial impact on the whole-life CO2 emissions of the building. In particular, the use of concrete blocks and concrete materials can significantly cut in-use CO2 emissions because of concrete’s high thermal mass properties. This approach underpins our efforts to cut the CO2 footprint of our concrete and offer customers a range of increasingly low-carbon concrete blocks and thermally efficient mortar.
Concrete’s high thermal mass enables it to store and retain heat, and then slowly release it in response to changing ambient temperatures. It helps to keep buildings cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Harnessing the thermal mass of concrete in buildings reduces the need for air conditioning to aid cooling in the summer. It does this by absorbing heat during the day and slowly releasing it at night when temperatures are cooler. In the winter, heat is absorbed by concrete from activities in the building and from the sun during the day; it is gradually released at night to help keep constant, comfortable temperatures and minimise the need for additional heating. The net effect of using concrete’s high thermal mass is a large saving in energy needed to heat and cool, significantly reducing the carbon footprint over the life of the building.
Concrete and concrete products are very durable and robust materials. They last a long time and are water resistant, fire resistant, strong and secure. Because they are so durable and long-lasting, they deliver value for money for clients and the public. They very rarely need to be replaced or maintained, so reduce the pressure on primary raw materials and the CO2 emissions associated with producing these materials. Tarmac’s concrete blocks and mortar range has outstanding durability performance.
Flooding is an increasing challenge for the UK, with climate scientists predicting that more extreme weather events will make it a more important issue over the coming years. Concrete’s durability makes it highly flood resilient. It gives structural integrity to buildings and structures in flood situations and it resists water penetration, thereby preventing damage to property and the impact of flooding on communities and the economy.
Concrete is fire resistant and does not burn, which means it can help customers to comply with fire safety requirements and building regulations. These properties also mean that using concrete improves site safety during construction and, in the event of a fire, reduces damage to a building or structure.
Concrete’s mass absorbs sound and provides very effective acoustic performance, which is particularly important in areas of high-density living and working accommodation.
Concrete and concrete products have low U-value (ie good insulating properties).
The U-CAN® range - user-friendly cement products
U-CAN®, from Tarmac Building Products, allows DIY enthusiasts to achieve a professional concrete finish.