Is Jesmonite eco-friendly?
Posted on 3rd August 2020
The subject of sustainability is of increasing importance to architects and specifiers when considering materials for building refurbishments and construction projects. For this reason, and as an approved manufacturer of Jesmonite, we are sharing some information that explores its eco-friendly credentials as a modern construction material.
The British Assessment Bureau offers insight as to why sustainable construction is important by explaining how “the construction industry accounts for an incredible 36% of worldwide energy usage, and 40% of CO2 emissions” continuing that “research suggests that the use of the latest sustainable technologies in construction processes could potentially deliver a remarkable €410bn a year in savings on global energy spending.”
From this research we can conclude there is an opportunity to consider alternatives to traditional building materials and techniques – and Jesmonite should be high on your list!
What is Jesmonite?
Established in 1984, Jesmonite and has become the go-to material for designers and architects looking for an environmentally conscious alternative to traditional building materials or resin based products.
Jesmonite is a family of products that we select from to manufacture various architectural design features that adorn both the inside and outside faces of a building. This may include wall cladding, columns or decorative enrichments. Examples of these can be found on our Jesmonite Mouldings page and in our free to download brochure. We regularly work with AC100, an acrylic modified gypsum composite; AC730, an acrylic modified cementitous composite; and Flex Meta Gel Coats, a water based metallic gel coat system. Jesmonite can be used to replicate the appearance and texture of virtually any surface finish in any number of colours, reproducing the effect of materials such as stone, metal, wood, leather and fabric. It comprises of a combination of natural raw materials with a special blend of water based pure acrylic polymers.
Is Jesmonite a sustainable building material?
This topic is extensively covered by CitizenSustainable.com in their article entitled Is Jesmonite Sustainable? (What You Should Know).
Within the article it is explained how gypsum, a major Jesmonite ingredient that is naturally occurring and in abundance, can be termed sustainable and manufactured safely. Acrylic, the other significant ingredient in Jesmonite besides water, helps to create a sturdy and durable product which provides longevity and means it can be employed in a way that gives decades of use (and value).
The conclusion being that Jesmonite offers a range of “versatile and durable products that promote sustainability” and that it “deserves your consideration for your next building or artistic project.”
Jesmonite themselves are publicly confident in their commitment to sustainability. Jesmonite is made in accordance with BS EN 9001:2015. This standard is recognized internationally as a symbol of quality.
Benefits of Jesmonite
- Excellent strength and durability, with high impact resistance
- Lighter than stone, glass-reinforced concrete, sand and cement products
- Easily replicates the very finest-grain surface detail
- Water-based not solvent-based, making it eco-friendly
- Solvent free with no VOCs
- Independently fire rated in accordance with European Fire Classification EN 13501-1
- Can be pigmented to a colour or RAL reference. It can also mimic any texture and reproduce the effect of materials such as stone, metal, wood, leather and fabric
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