Fireproofing Products to Support Sustainable Design Practices
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
Grace Construction Products has made a commitment to manufacturing fireproofing
products that utilize recycled materials wherever possible.
Committed to Using Recycled Materials
- On an annual basis, Monokote® MK-6 and Retro-Guard product lines
use approximately 25 million pounds of recycled materials!
- Grace Construction Products manufactures Monokote® MK-6®
and Retro-Guard® Replacement Fireproofing using recycled post-industrial
expanded polystyrene. We use approximately 7 million pounds of recycled
post-industrial polystyrene a year in the production of Monokote®, enough
to fill over 1,500 trailer trucks with material that might otherwise
have been dumped into landfills!
- Utilizing post-industrial polystyrene, instead of virgin expanded
polystyrene, avoids the production of pentane emissions - a known contributor
to low level smog formation.
- Our use of post-consumer paper saves the equivalent harvesting of
more than 120,000 trees per year. By utilizing this reusable material,
we spare the production of over 600,000 lbs. of air pollutants, 250,000
lbs. of water pollutants, 1,500,000 lbs. of solid waste and 200 billion
BTU's of energy that would be used to manufacture the equivalent amount
of virgin paper. *
* Based on statistics provided by the Institute of
Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc.
Proven Raw 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
Environmentally Responsible Manufacturing Practices
- The expanded polystyrene, as well as our Monokote® manufacturing process
is HCFC, HFC and CFC free. And, unlike other types of fire-resistive
materials, our fire protection plants do not emit any carbon monoxide
or other hazardous gasses.
- 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 unlike other types of fire-resistive materials.
- 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
- Our wooden pallet exchange program has a recovery rate of approximately
Monokote® Fireproofing Stays in Place!
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!
Sustainable Design Becomes Standard Practice
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.
Click here to view a profile of a
sustainable design project