MAPEI leads the industry with over 255 Indoor Advantage Gold certifications

Deerfield Beach, Florida – MAPEI is proud to announce that SCS Global Services has issued its Indoor Advantage Gold certification for indoor air quality for over 255 of MAPEI’s products (in the USA) for low VOC emissions in various categories including architectural coatings, sealants and adhesives.

By selecting MAPEI’s certified products, customers can be assured that the products have been thoroughly vetted by an ISO-accredited, third-party certification body and tested by an industry-independent laboratory. Third-party certification also assures customers that a product’s environmental claims have been validated by a qualified, independent and objective organization. 

The Indoor Advantage Gold certification is recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and General Services Administration (GSA). It qualifies for many green-building rating systems, including LEED v4, the WELL Building Standard, BREEAM, Living Building Challenge, NAHB Green Building Standard and more. It also conforms with CDPH Standard Method v1.2-2017 (CA 01350) for the school classroom, private office and single-family residence parameters as well as SCAQMD Rule 1113 for architectural coatings and Rule 1168 for Adhesives and Sealants. 

All of these certifications will be added to MAPEI’s website, the mindful MATERIALS (mM) database and MAPEI Sustainability Product Reports in the near future.

“This is a great accomplishment for MAPEI. VOC emissions are among of our most requested sustainability-related certifications,” said Brittany Storm, Sustainability Manager at MAPEI Corporation. “We’re excited to share this accomplishment with our customers.” MAPEI previously offered 82 certified products and now offers over 255 certified products across our largest product lines, including Tile & Stone Installation Systems, Floor Covering Installation Systems and Concrete Restoration Systems.

Certified products and details can be also be found on SCS’s online directory here

MAPEI is committed to providing sustainable, environmentally responsible products, including transparency offerings via Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), Manufacturer Inventories (MI) and more. For a total system solution that works with LEED v4 and Living Building Challenge (LBC) projects, visit www.mapei.us


HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – April 22, 2020 – Custom® Building Products recently secured GREENGUARD Gold Certification, which includes California Department of Public Health compliance, for most of its flooring surface preparation, setting and grouting materials. CUSTOM® products with this designation are deemed acceptable for schools, healthcare facilities and similar environments with children, elderly and others sensitive to poor air quality caused by high emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Part of the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Environment, GREENGUARD Certification helps manufacturers develop and produce interior building materials with low VOCs. All certified CUSTOM products meet stringent emissions standards based on established chemical exposure criteria and contribute to U.S. Green Building Council LEED 4 credits under Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). Widely recognized by sustainable building programs and building codes around the world, GREENGUARD Certification’s mission is to promote global sustainability, environmental health, and safety.

“Earning this certification is the latest example of our commitment to providing the most comprehensive line of environmentally-friendly products on the market,” said Reeve Haldeman, Corporate Vice President of Marketing and Retail Sales for Custom Building Products. “Whether it’s using recycled materials, manufacturing biodegradable products, refining the environmental impact of our plants or limiting the distance of deliveries, sustainability has always been and remains a priority at CUSTOM.”

For more information on the full line of CUSTOM tile and stone installation products, visit www.custombuildingproducts.com.       

ZHERORisk® installation products are non-toxic, non-corrosive and sustainably produced

ZHERORisk®, a new line of non-toxic, non-corrosive and sustainably produced tile installation products, exemplifies a growing trend for healthy indoor products.

ZHERORisk products

ZHERORisk products







Developed to provide a safer and healthier alternative to existing tile installation materials, ZHERORisk products emit no VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and have been certified by GEV-EMICODE® to meet the strictest tolerances and standards for indoor air quality. They have been formulated using renewable raw and recycled materials while generating minimal environmental impact throughout the product lifecycle.

During the past two-and-a-half years, the European Union (EU) sponsored an extensive R&D project aimed at lowering to zero the safety, health and environmental risks associated with high performance tile installation products. The project involved a collaboration between leading universities in the tile-producing region of Italy and manufacturers with a demonstrated commitment to sustainable product development and manufacturing.

The result of this initiative is ZHERORisk, a major materials innovation with the potential to significantly reduce the risks that currently exist when installing tile and stone.

Crossville Named an Eco-Leader by Green Builder Media

Crossville, Tennessee – Crossville, Inc. has been recognized as a 2018 Eco-Leader by Green Builder Media. The domestic tile manufacturer is featured among fourteen other Eco-Leader honorees in the current issue of Green Builder Magazine.

2018 GBM Eco-Leaders

Each year, Green Builder Media’s editorial team recognizes pioneering companies that are confronting environmental challenges in innovative ways. These companies are often renowned for developing sustainable products and creating manufacturing processes that reduce the environmental footprint, improve people’s lives, and enhance profitability. As a 2018 Eco-Leader, Crossville joins an elite list of previous winners including such companies as Siemens, Toyota Motor Corporation, Panasonic, Owens Corning, and LG Electronics.

“In our practices, processes, and products, we’re committed to improving the built environment and everyday experiences for employees, customers, and partners,” said Lindsey Waldrep, Crossville’s vice president of marketing.

From its progressive manufacturing practices and sustainable products to a core commitment to improving the environment through innovation and unique partnerships, Crossville continues to be the industry leader in sustainability for the domestic tile industry.

For more information about Crossville’s sustainability practices and partnerships, visit crossvilleinc.com.


Dallas, TX – April 24, 2018 – Use of energy is inevitable in the manufacturing industry. However, Dal-Tile Corporation has taken action to reduce the amount of energy used by their production facilities to make a positive impact not only in the towns where their factories are located, but also for the planet.

“To ensure our manufacturing is as energy-efficient as possible, we utilize internal and external experts to conduct intensive evaluations with the goal of finding areas of improvement in our facilities,” said Robert Hurt, director of environmental, health, and sustainability services for Dal-Tile Corporation. “By connecting with local suppliers, we organize ‘energy treasure hunts’ that seek out areas where we can bring change to our day-to-day activity that may be overlooked. These treasure hunts are a team effort from start to finish and require our employees, alongside energy professionals, to look for solutions that reduce our carbon footprint.”

In up to a four-day event, these treasure hunts consist of small groups of the company’s employees from different parts of the plant alongside energy professionals scouring a designated area, keeping their eyes peeled for air leaks, scrap sources, or equipment running without product, for example. These energy audits have produced significant results, such as the over one million dollars in annual savings that was realized at the company’s Sunnyvale, Texas facility.

“Projects from lighting improvement, compressed air work and other improvement plans are well underway because of this initiative,” added Hurt.  “We are proud to say this is just the beginning. Energy professionals now have ongoing scheduled visits to our plants to look for additional areas in need of improvement, as variables change from day-to-day.”

Energy treasure hunts are just one example of the company’s sustainability efforts to reduce their carbon footprint.


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Crossville Announces 2017 Recycling Program Milestones

All-time Recycling Total Tops 114 Million Pounds of Fired Waste Diverted from Landfills

CROSSVILLE, Tennessee – Officials with domestic tile manufacturer Crossville Inc. have announced the company recycled 23,447,883 pounds of fired porcelain in 2017, bringing the company’s cumulative recycling total to more than 114 million pounds since the 2009 launch of the Tile Take-Back® program and subsequent TOTO USA recycling partnership.

Crossville Tile Take-Back Crate-detail

These recycling initiatives are based on the company’s proprietary process for recycling fired porcelain products, including post-consumer materials. Through Tile Take-Back®, Crossville is able to recycle previously installed tile collected from its distribution network, as well as scraps that result from tile cutting during installation, sizing or sample creation. Through its TOTO partnership, Crossville receives pre-consumer fired porcelain toilets that do not meet quality standards; prior to the partnership, these cast-offs were being sent to landfills for disposal, but now they are recycled for use in manufacturing new tile.

TOTO toilets targeted for tile

All 114 million-plus cumulative pounds of the recycled material Crossville has diverted from landfills have been or will be introduced into the tile production process. This use of recycled material during manufacturing results in Crossville maintaining its status as a net consumer of waste for a seventh consecutive year. Net waste consumption is achieved by using more waste than is created during production.

Here’s the break-out of Crossville’s total of 23,447,883 pounds of fired porcelain recycled in 2017.
— 12,225,850 pounds fired scrap product at the company’s plant
— 7,825,860 pounds of TOTO’s scrap porcelain
— 105,684 pounds of post-consumer waste from the Tile Take-Back® program

Additionally in 2017, Crossville removed 3,290,489 pounds of filtrate solids from dirty water and recycled back into tile production.

Tile Take-Back® and the TOTO USA partnership are just two of many sustainable practices Crossville maintains companywide. For more information about all of Crossville’s sustainability practices, visit https://crossvilleinc.com/sustainability/.