Wienerberger launches first Keymer CPD and achieves RIBA approval
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has accredited Wienerberger’s first Keymer CPD seminar, which will support architects and roofing professionals in their understanding of heritage roofing. The new seminar, which will be delivered by Keymer - the premium handmade roof tile brand of Wienerberger, the leading supplier of wall, roof and landscaping innovations - is available to architects as of this month.
The new seminar invites professionals to learn about the history of Keymer’s handmade tiles - where they come from, the production process, and how to effectively use them in construction. Architects will be guided on how to specify products for the heritage sector and the key considerations for the application of handmade tiles now and in the future. The seminar will ensure that attendees gain a better overall understanding of the Keymer brand for their customers.
If attendees take part in the seminar at Wienerberger’s Ewhurst factory in Surrey, they will have the opportunity to see the handmade process for and will be able to create a Keymer tile of their own.
Richard Bishop, Category Marketing Manager for Roof at Wienerberger, commented: “We are delighted to be able to offer the first Keymer CPD from Wienerberger and to be recognised by RIBA. Conforming to their CPD guidelines means we are able to deliver an industry standard curriculum that will benefit architects and industry professionals. We’ve seen a lot of interest in the seminar already and places are limited, so I’d urge anybody interested to get in touch to secure a place.”
Cortec Corporation launches Ecoshrink compostable film
Cortec Corporation believes its EcoShrink compostable film will mark another important notch in plastic-free industrial practices.
Sourced from certified commercially compostable resins and containing 45% biopolymers, the film reduces conventional plastic waste and improves users' environmental footprint. It can be used to cover large or small objects and keep dust, dirt, and moisture off warehouse stock, with wrapping from standard shrink tools. Rolls come individually boxed or in cradle packed pallets.
The construction industry is the second largest user of plastic, producing 300MT annually with 50% single use, and it accounts for around 6% of total plastic waste. Piping and conduit are the largest users of polymers in construction and consume 35% of production.
The Alliance for Sustainable Building Products champions sustainable practices. "Wherever possible the use of plastic products in construction should be confined to specialist high value, low volume application areas such as binders, seals, tapes, gaskets and services," it recommends.
ASBP’s technical associate Katherine Adams will join over 50 experts to take part in one of four new task groups which will support the development of the Net Zero Whole Life Carbon Roadmap for the Built Environment. It has devised an interactive guide on plastics in construction and identified four key consumption and disposal issues:
- Polyvinylchloride (PVC) makes up nearly 52% (910,000 tonnes), with around 25% landfilled
- High-density polyethylene (HDPE) makes up nearly 13% (225,000 tonnes), with around 27% landfilled
- Expanded polystyrene (EPS) is 8% (140,000 tonnes), with 32% landfilled
- Polypropylene (PP) is 7.4% (130,000 tonnes), with 27% landfilled
Biodegradable plastics have been advertised as one solution to the plastic pollution problem but today’s “compostable” plastic bags, utensils and cup lids don’t break down during typical composting and contaminate other recyclable plastics, creating headaches for recyclers. Most compostable plastics, made primarily of the polyester known as polylactic acid, or PLA, end up in landfills and last as long as forever plastics.
University of California, Berkeley scientists claims to have invented a way to make compostable plastics break down more easily, with just heat and water, within a few weeks, solving a problem that has flummoxed the plastics industry and environmentalists.
“People are now prepared to move into biodegradable polymers for single-use plastics, but if it turns out that it creates more problems than it’s worth, then the policy might revert back,” said Ting Xu, UC Berkeley professor of materials science and engineering and of chemistry. “We are basically saying that we are on the right track. We can solve this continuing problem of single-use plastics not being biodegradable.”
Stakeholders from the organics recycling and sustainable materials communities have launched the US Composting Infrastructure Coalition to support innovative and responsible waste reduction and recovery solutions like composting. The Coalition believes composting serves as an opportunity to address key environmental challenges and deliver positive economic impacts to people and communities.