Fireproofing - Green
An increasingly important factor in selecting
construction materials is understanding the product's lasting impact on
the environment. Today's movement toward "Green", or sustainable design
practices, suggests that architects consider not only the obvious qualities
of the materials, but also the long-term impact on the environment over
the building's life-cycle.
Grace Construction Products has made a commitment
to manufacturing fireproofing products that utilize recycled materials
- Monokote®'s main ingredient is gypsum --
one of the most widely used, and safest of all construction materials
and commonly used in wallboard and plaster. Gypsum provides Monokote®
MK-6 and Retro-Guard® with strength, durability and thermal resistance.
- Shredded expanded polystyrene is added to provide
volume and improved the speed and efficiency of product installation.
- Monokote® also utilizes a common cellulose,
recycled newsprint, which enhances the application of our fireproofing.
- Monokote® MK-6 and Retro-Guard contains
no asbestos or mineral fibers.
- The entire Monokote®
manufacturing process is HCFC, HFC and CFC free.
- The Monokote® production line is totally
self-contained which virtually eliminates the generation of scrap product.
- No water is consumed in our manufacturing process
and little energy is required.
- We purchase raw materials in bulk re-usable
containers which saves over 100,000 paper bags per year.
- Our products are packaged in bags printed with
water-based inks which minimizes the off-gassing of VOC's, an issue
long associated with solvent based inks.
- Each manufacturing facility has a wooden pallet exchange program that facilitates the re-use of wooden pallets from contractors and suppliers.
One of Monokote®'s best benefits is its reliable
bond strength. This is an important consideration because it stays in
place, not just during application, but over the total life cycle of the
building including construction, renovation and demolition!
Today's trend becomes tomorrow's standard practice.
In city after city, architects incorporate sustainable building practices
into their designs and we can now see real-world examples of "Green" architectural
design. Both building owners and future tenants recognize the value of
environmentally responsible design that improves worker productivity,
safety, and maintainability.
If you are interested in avoiding expensive disposal charges by becoming part of our recycling program, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-686-5349. We have a recycling facility in Ajax, Ontario, Canada and Irondale, Alabama, U.S.A.
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Monokote Recycling Program