Ultra-Sustainable Paint Mixed And Tinted To Order At New Facility
The first commercially available graphene-infused paints in the UK are now being mixed and tinted to order from a new factory in Norfolk. The Graphene Company, the exclusive UK distributor of the Graphenstone range of paints and materials, are now using high-tech machinery at the new facility to automate tinting and mixing of the ultra-sustainable mineral based paints system. This will reduce delivery times for customers choosing Graphenstone’s range, with the majority of orders now arriving ‘next day’ to site. Both retail and trade customers can now access special tailored colours from Graphenstone’s new UK factory with the availability of an in-house colour matching service.
Sourced from pure carbon, Graphene is the strongest material now known to science – 200 times stronger than structural steel. It is a highly inert, innocuous, non-toxic pure carbon. Graphene’s inclusion in Graphenstone’s paints, coatings and other building materials enhances hardness, durability, compression, tensile strength, elasticity and coverage. It reduces the weight of materials and delivers significant savings in materials consumption, maintenance, manpower, time-to-completion and overall costs. As graphene is a conductive material – 1000 times more conductive than copper – the paint improves the thermal regulation of buildings, saving energy by requiring less heating and air conditioning.
Derived from raw natural mineral limestone, Graphenstone paint is carbon neutral: as the paint cures over its lifetime, each square metre of Graphenstone paint absorbs 120 grams of carbon dioxide from the local environment where it’s applied. It is one of very few paints in the world to meet the Cradle to Cradle Gold Standard which provides consumers, regulators, employees, and industry peers with a clear, visible, and tangible validation of the manufacturers’ ongoing commitment to sustainability.
The porous, vapour open nature of Graphenstone’s lime and graphene-infused coatings ensures that walls can still breathe. This improves air quality, reduces room humidity, acts against moisture collection, condensation and sick building syndrome (sBs) as well as contributes to much improved safe and healthy environments. Microorganisms and microbial growth of bacteria and fungi are deterred from rooms where Graphenstone paints are applied due to the high alkaline pH of the lime and the paints’ ventilating properties. Indoor odours, as well as biological and chemical pollutants are diffused, and allergens are reduced. The low odour and non-harmful characteristics of Graphenstone paint mean that rooms can be occupied within a few hours of application.
The materials have been engineered so that they contain ultra-low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOC), formaldehyde, heavy metals, toxic substances, carcinogens and harmful agents such as biocides or plasticizers. As an example, the VOC levels of ‘Premium Ecosphere’ interior white paint, offers a VOC content of approximately 0.001%. This makes Graphenstone ideal for people who may suffer from intolerance to chemicals in paint.
Director of The Graphene Company, Patrick Folkes, said, “Sustainable, healthy, natural materials are crucial elements for contemporary construction and renovation. The building and construction industries have a key role to play in helping the Government to reach its new legally binding net zero greenhouse gas emissions target by 2050. Carbon dioxide absorbing, temperature regulating, energy saving paints are one simple and immediately available measure to start striking back against climate change. Since 2017, UK planners, architects and builders have been using Graphenstone paints on smart, sustainable and eco-build projects as well as optimum hygiene environments – such as in healthcare, education and catering. Homeowners want their homes to be more sustainable and healthier environments. We expect rapidly increasing demand from professional contractors and retail residential customers over the next two years, as they start to do their bit to combat climate change. The world’s most recognised sustainable building certification schemes – including BREEAM, LEED, Cradle to Cradle Institute, Green Tag, European Product Declarations (EPD’s) amongst many others – recognise Graphenstone’s sustainability credentials. The health of both people and planet are essential goals, as consumers and contractors shift towards paints and other building materials that avoid polluting the environment through their production and application.”
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