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Ecophilosophy

Mirage believes that the planning and production of high quality flooring and wall tiles should not compromise the safeguard of the environment, and above all, the unconditional respect for everything that surrounds us.

Over the years, the company has thus integrated investments and the research and development of new products into a true company philosophy, a concept with broader and deeper meaning that goes beyond the concept of ecology, creating sustainability.

What does “sustainability” mean for Mirage

Mirage® believes that sustainability processes primarily require concrete and tangible principles. Control of emissions and energy consumption, recycling of industrial waste, LEED compliant orientation of all the collections as well as compliance with the strict IPPC requirements and use of the best technologies available for industrial processes are all significant signs of environmental respect and sustainability, which are important to improve the quality of our lives and those of future generations.

INTEGRATED POLLUTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL
Cutting polluting emissions, energy consumption and improving productivity and quality. Mirage® conforms to the IPPC directive, which attests to compliance with a series of rigorous requisites and the use of the most effective technologies for industrial processes.

Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design
Leed is an integrated, sustainable design project covering the whole building, guaranteeing low impact throughout the planning, construction and maintenance stages.

DURABLE AND SUSTAINABLE

A valuable choice

The use of porcelain stoneware is primarily an eco-friendly choice. With an expected life span of at least 50 years (TCNA Study of Floor Covering Costs, 2006), this material distributes its energy cost over a very long period of time, ensuring less environmental impact than competitive products. Its physical properties make it non-absorbent and inert (it does not release toxic substances), thus increasing the energy efficiency of buildings with energy savings of more than 30% in virtuous applications, such as ventilated facades.

Leed Compliant Products

All the slabs in the Mirage® catalogue are LEED Compliant and, depending on the colour and how it is used, contribute to obtaining LEED credits. LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world.

A number of factors are examined to obtain this certification, which range from the design to the management of a building. In particular, the following factors will be assessed for a home that wants to obtain the LEED certificate: Environmental impact, Economic impact, Social impact, Health impact.

Leed v4 system

The new LEED v4 system came into force on 1 November 2016 with several new features. Without going into the technical details, it is important to stress that even rating systems need to be renewed and updated in order to make the certifications more accessible with simplifications and cost reduction. LEED V4 pays greater attention to energy efficiency and social context, where more points will be awarded to the “Materials and Resources” category, encouraging the use of more sustainable materials. The new requirements for ensuring greater transparency and those for obtaining credits in the new LEED version include Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) and Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) declarations.

ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCT DECLARATIONS
EDP (Environmental Product Declaration) is a voluntary and certified declaration that communicates the environmental impact of products. An EPD analyses environmental data using a Life Cycle assessment (LFA) approach, which allows determining the inputs (e.g. raw materials, resource use, energy) and outputs (water discharges, waste generation, pollutant emissions) throughout the entire product life cycle. This allows an accurate assessment of the consequent environmental impacts, including the extraction and transport of raw materials, manufacture, transport, distribution, use\reuse, recycling and/or disposal. Mirage® has the sector-based EPD from Confindustria Ceramica, as testimony of its high level of environmental responsibility, resulting from continuous investments made by the company to improve its environmental performance.

PRODUCT ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT
The Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) is a measure of the environmental performance of a product (or service) throughout its life cycle. PEF information is produced for the general purpose of reducing environmental impacts of products and services, taking into account the activities of the supply chain (from extraction of raw materials, to production, use, and final waste management). It aims to define a method for harmonising environmental footprint studies that can accommodate a broader set of relevant environmental performance criteria using a life cycle approach.

Mirage Leed Compliant Products

All the slabs in the Mirage® catalogue are LEED compliant and help obtain LEED credits, depending on the material and how it is used.

Credits that can be obtained by using Mirage® materials:

SUSTAINABLE SITES

HEAT ISLAND REDUCTION

Mirage® products help reduce the “heat island” effect (the difference in the thermal gradient between urban and extra-urban areas), in order to reduce the impact on the microclimate and the habitat to a minimum. This is achieved thanks to the high Solar Reflection Index (SRI) of Mirage® products, which makes them especially suitable for outdoor use.

REQUIREMENTS
TO OBTAIN CREDITS
ACHIEVABLE
CREDITS
non roof SR > 28
low-sloped roof SR > 82
steep-sloped roof SR > 39
SS_C_7.1 Heat island effect – roofing excluded – 1 credit
SS_C_7.2 Heat island effect – roof – 1 credit

MATERIALS & RESOURCES

BUILDING PRODUCT DISCLOSURE AND OPTIMIZATION

• EVIRONMENTAL PRODUCT DECLARATIONS
• SOURCING OF RAW MATERIALS
• MATERIAL INGREDIENTS
Numerous Mirage® products can help improve a building’s Leed rating in terms of “Materials & Resources”. Mirage® products are among those with a limited environmental, economic and social impact.

REQUIREMENTS
TO OBTAIN CREDITS
ACHIEVABLE
CREDITS
A_EPD
B_PEF
C_Pre-Consumer waste
D_HPD
A_EPD availability – 1 credit
B_PEF – 1 credit
C_Recycled content – 1 credit
D_HPD – 1 credit

LOW-EMITTING MATERIALS

Mirage® material guarantees the absence of organic air pollutants.

REQUIREMENTS
TO OBTAIN CREDITS
ACHIEVABLE
CREDITS
Mirage porcelain stoneware obtains 1 credit because it doesn’t’ contain COV (organic air pollutants) 1 credit