Building & Construction Product of the Year 2020
GreenMatter outdoor sports furniture by GreenMatter
GreenMatter; recycle the present, save the future! GreenMatter focuses in an innovative way on reducing the artificial grass waste heap. We manufacture circular products from recycled artificial grass fibres for on and around the sports field. The initiative originated from a close cooperation between Re-match, Lankhorst Engineered Products and W&H Sports. By carefully separating the artificial turf mats, a high-quality PE raw material flow is realised that is free of contamination and backing. GreenMatter supports clients such as municipalities and engineering offices in a practical and transparent way to implement circular solutions with the aim of reducing the artificial turf waste mountain. The composite delivery program of striking and edging boards, flower boxes, terrace and decking boards, shoring and a diamond head pole, offers sufficient possibilities to return every kilogram on or around the sports facility.
With the circular objective that we, as a society, have entered into to make our living environment future-proof, there is a greater need for sustainable circular solutions. With our products, we focus on future-proof circular solutions for (sports) facilities in the Netherlands and abroad, so that future generations can continue to use sustainable (sports) facilities as well as a demonstrable CO₂ reduction for the living environment. Distinctive factors of GreenMatter are; the cooperation with reliable partners, the quality & responsible products and that the products are 100% recyclable afterwards. With this GreenMatter delivers a completely closed circle. By carefully designing the products, metal and plastic are separated in the system. This guarantees that all components can be recycled without additional pollution and even with a negative CO₂ footprint.
PVC-U range of trunking and conduit systems from Marshall-Tufflex Ltd
MARSHALL-TUFFLEX: PVC-U RANGE OF CABLE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS For more than 75 years Marshall-Tufflex has pioneered plastic extrusion in the UK and led the way in areas of product research, development and innovation. Recognising the astronomical impact the construction industry has on the environment - an estimated 25 million tonnes of waste from this sector ends up in landfill sites - Marshall Tufflex is leading the charge on tackling PVC-U waste within the building industry.
The company has used its expertise in PVC-U manufacturing to develop new ways to produce superior products that retain their high quality finish, using recycled PVC-U originating from post-industrial PVC-U windows. This is a grade of PVC-U designed to withstand the external elements – benefiting from increased durability.
In addition, Marshall-Tufflex has invested in its own PVC-U compounder, so the company can utilise both post-industrial and post-consumer waste.
Thanks to these innovations and its circular economy ethos, approximately 3,600 tonnes of recycled material was prevented from reaching landfill in 2018 – the equivalent in weight of 300 double decker buses.
Marshall-Tufflex has also been calling on the wider industry to think more carefully about product selection, posing a challenge that by 2028, all PVC-U cable management products installed in buildings should be manufactured with a minimum of 50% recycled content.
OGEL CONSTRUCTION SYSTEM, a modular wall system by Products of Mass Construction Limited
OGEL has invented a method to manufacture walls and roofs from WASTE POLYSTRENE.
Ogel has only 4 components: It can be used to build Garden Rooms, Flood Defences, Internal walls and Exhibition stands.
Uses no tools or glue so is fully reusable
Requires limited Construction skills
Compacts down for transportation
Patent protection: The product is protected in UK, Europe, USA and China which gives us a product monopoly in the most lucrative global markets for 20 years.
Contact details: Gary Giles +44 (0) 7971 242353 Gary.firstname.lastname@example.org
The virtuous lifecycle of a PET Bottle, a carrier for bituminous waterproofing membranes by Freudenberg Performance Materials
The virtuous lifecycle of a PET Bottle
The history of recycling at Freudenberg Performance Materials dates back to the 1990s. Freudenberg currently recycles around 2.5 billion post-consumer PET bottles every year. Laid end to end, this number would circle the Earth 15 times.
The production process starts with the recycling of PET bottles, which are selected, washed and reduced to flakes. Flakes are then transformed into fiber or used directly in the spinning process to manufacture recycled polyester nonwoven carriers for bituminous waterproofing membranes in the roofing industry.
The wide range of nonwovens products consist of 100% recycled PET. Even labels and caps are recycled and used as bitumen modifiers or in other plastic applications.
Recycling PET bottles means:
• LESS waste otherwise sent to landfills;
• SAVING of natural resources;
• LESS CO2 emissions to air (100 million-kg/year);
• LESS water consumption (- 50%);
The effectiveness of our contribution to environmental protection has been demonstrated by a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) analysis, carried out on our range of products.
Following international rules, LCA studies measure the environmental impact that a product has during its entire life cycle. Based on the results of the LCA analysis conducted on our range of products, Freudenberg Performance Materials succeeded in obtaining the coveted Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) label.
Zedex Sustane, damp-proof course and cavity trays by Berry bpi
Zedex Sustane is a range of sustainable high-performance damp-proof course (DPC) and cavity trays, developed for use in modern construction applications and designed to meet the demand from the construction sector for products that contribute to a circular economy.
In developing the new Zedex Sustane DPC products one of the most critical aspects was to identify a suitable source of recycled plastic to deliver the same performance and production benefits as a DPC made from virgin material. This was achieved through the use of Sustane from Berry bpi, a sustainable, high performance polymer grade made from post-consumer and post-industrial waste.
Sustane is a unique range of sustainable premium polymer compounds. Made from 100% recycled plastic, Sustane replaces virgin polymers – setting new standards in recycled plastic. Developed and manufactured in the UK Sustane supports the circular economy by offering complete traceability, as well as being recyclable itself.
The careful selection and sortation of previously used plastics and the implementation of rigorous quality standards with full traceability to ensure material specifications are consistently met, means that Zedex Sustane DPC products demonstrate a consistently high level of technical performance. Matching and sometimes even exceeding products made from virgin resin.
In summary, Zedex Sustane has been created to maintain all the damp DPC protection benefits from materials made from virgin material while incorporating 100% recycled plastic. For specifiers, retailers and builders it provides a clear opportunity to demonstrate sustainability credentials by incorporating recycled plastic content within their DPC products across their construction projects.