Interior Design 26·03·2021
An eco-friendly home to achieve well-being with PORCELANOSA Group lifestyle
Because our quality of life (and health) starts with choosing the eco-friendly materials we are going to use in our homes.
The concept of a healthy home isn’t a new one. Three years ago, the World Health Organization published the WHO Housing and Health Guidelines for achieving optimum housing conditions and thus preventing diseases, improving the quality of life of the inhabitants and helping to offset climate change. According to the WHO, insulation, temperature, safety or accessibility were some of the points to consider when fine-tuning a home, but in the world of interior design the concept of healthy housing has gone one step further and has focused on defining much more specific aspects, such as the type of materials to use or the reduction of electromagnetic fields generated by electrical cabling and technological devices.
Creating healthy, sustainable, and comfortable environments at home is not so difficult if we pay attention to simple details like ensuring the materials are natural –environmentally friendly, without any toxic substances, or pollutant-free– they must also be recyclable or made from recycled materials and during their manufacturing process the carbon footprint should be as minimal as possible. Characteristics that are possessed by the majority of materials used by the PORCELANOSA Group, the first ceramic company to obtain certification for the reduction of its carbon footprint from the Ministry of Environment.
Geobiology or Biohabitability, a science that studies the energies emanating from the earth and our environment and its influence on living beings, recommends choosing floor coverings that do not generate electrostatic charges, such as natural wood or ceramics.
The fine woods used in the L’Antic Colonial collection for manufacturing their natural wood floorings (French oak, maple and North American cherry, beech, etc.) are sourced from sustainable forests and carry the PEFC mark (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification), as well as being flexible, resistant and a perfect thermal and electrical insulator. The Java herringbone Oceania oak floating parquet floor or the Lutier ash wood collection –with their pronounced natural veins and different shades- are just two examples of their more noble, natural floor coverings.
Thanks to the technology of ceramic printing, which offers designs and textures that reproduce the appearance of natural wood and stone down to the last detail, it’s no longer necessary to exploit these natural resources to obtain a warm and healthy ambience for the home. We would help reduce the use of these raw materials if we applied floor and wall coverings to our home using any model from the ceramic collection Par-ker Smart Vancouver by Porcelanosa, which simulates the veins and knots of hand-crafted natural wood.
The sintered mineral compact (non-porous and 100% natural) XTONE by PORCELANOSA Group –which doesn’t emit any volatile organic compounds (VOC) and prevents the reproduction of bacteria, germs and mould– contains 40% recycled material. The design possibilities of this large format sheet are endless, combining the finishing of noble materials (marble, cement, stone, wood and metals) with the technical qualities of ceramics.
It is widely recognised by those in the know that wood brings warmth and exclusivity to a room, but it also makes it a much healthier and pleasant place to be. If the furniture comes with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification, as is the case with Gamadecor, this also gives it added sustainability and environmental protection qualities. This is in addition to other responsible practices by the PORCELANOSA Group, such as the use of water-based paint, timber with almost zero emission of formaldehyde or the recycling of surplus material. This is what makes the innovative series Emotions and the detailed collection Residence as sustainable as they are avant-garde.
Natural stone is a sustainable material, which apart from bringing beauty, refinement and sophistication to a room, also reduces the environmental impact, so any of the floor or wall coverings from the L’Antic Colonial collection will create a healthy and comfortable environment in your home: Negro Marquina marble, Airslate slates, Chennai White quartzite…
100% recyclable products like KRION®, a Solid Surface –the tact of which is just like touching natural stone– can be reprocessed and used again in the production cycle. But this manipulable and pliable material, which can be used in the home for worktops, washrooms, bathrooms, etc., is capable of decontaminating the air thanks to the innovative technology KEAST (Krion Eco Active Solid Technology) present in its Krion® K·LIFE 1100 model, converting spaces into safe and healthy places thanks to its photocatalytic properties, its antibacterial character and its easy to clean features.
Technology is also important when it comes to converting our home into an environmentally friendly sanctuary. What’s the point in having the most modern taps on the market if we are wasting water with them? But this doesn’t mean we should miss out on aesthetics: the taps and bathroom accessories from Noken Porcelanosa Bathrooms offer sustainable solutions, such as the ECO Aerator (which simulates an atmosphere in which air and water coexist to achieve a reduction in CO2 emission), and at the same time it boasts a design that is both functional and attractive. You only need to look at the organic and architectural lines of the Vitae collection, designed by the architect Zaha Hadid.