Ceramic is one of those materials that never go out of style in the home, due to its functionality, strength and durability. It is nearly maintenance-free, and it is easy to clean and very versatile from the constructive and decorative viewpoint, as it is present in floors as well as stairs, roofs, facades, swimming pools, etc.
The ceramic industry has notably optimized the manufacturing process, reducing energy and water consumption to the greatest extent and minimizing the generation of waste and carbon dioxide emissions.
The two most outstanding qualities of ceramic are its great strength and its durability. It is such a long-lasting material that it can last the lifetime of a building, making it possible to conserve the original tiles from the time of its construction. In the long run, a long-lasting product means lower consumption of resources, and with it, reduced environmental impact.
Another of the advantages is its high thermal inertia, which causes it to act very efficiently as a heat regulator. Moreover, it is a healthy material because it does not transmit smells or bacteria, or emit pollutants, such as volatile organic compounds.
The applications of ceramic in sustainable architecture are numerous; in addition to those mentioned above, it has great potential as a material for improving the performance of ventilated facades, it is a great ally in underfloor heating and allows its raised application, both in floors and in walls through guide systems such as the one we offer at Azteca under the trademark Quick Plus. This system is highly advantageous for those establishments that require regular periodic renovation of their pavements and/or coatings, as the installation and changing of the tiles is performed quickly and cleanly.
For Azteca, respect for the environment around us goes beyond the production process; moreover, we assume our social and environmental responsibility in each daily task of the company, regulating all our actions from the Department of Quality and Environmental Management which implements a system of management based on Standard UNE EN ISO 14001 which we have had certified since 2003 by AENOR-IQNET.