We are committed to ecologically sustainable development (ESD) principles.
Our products are manufactured with a focus on reducing their environmental impact, using sustainable and low toxicity products with minimal volatile organic compounds (VOC's). We have continued to invest heavily in the development and design of fibre cement products that are durable, low maintenance and energy efficient.
We are committed to ecologically sustainable development (ESD) principles. As part of this commitment we measure ourselves against the following criteria:
- Water and resource conservation
- Energy consumption and management
- Use of renewable and recyclable resources as raw materials
- Avoiding the use of environmentally damaging raw materials
- Pollution reduction e.g. treatment of water before its disposal into public storm water
- Protection of the natural environment
The programs we’ve put in place to focus on these ESD principles have considerably improved the resource and energy efficiency of our operations and building systems. They will also ensure an ongoing improvement in the environmental performance of our products and services.
James Hardie uses low- toxicity raw materials in our fibre cement products. We combine the following materials:
- Portland cement
- Ground sand
- Cellulose fibre – unbleached pinus radiate wood pulp (from sustainable plantation timbers)
- Small amounts of additives required to achieve product specific characteristics
Process water is recycled at least four times before it is treated and released. We are continually increasing reuse and any water that needs to be discharged complies with the stringent regulations of Auckland Council. The solid waste we extract in this process is re-introduced into the mainstream production process.
The pulp or cellulose fibre we use is an unbleached pulp. It is sourced from an ISO 9001 accredited company that produced pulp from exotic plantations grown within New Zealand. All the plantations comply with NZ Forestry Management principles.
The pulp manufacturing process also complies with environmental standard ISO 14001.
Volatile organic compounds (VOC) are organic chemical compounds that have sufficient vapour pressure under normal conditions to vapourise and enter the atmosphere. A wide range of carbon-based molecules, such as aldehydes, ketones and other hydrocarbons are VOCs. These are chemical substances, often present in building materials, which can contribute to indoor/outdoor air pollution. Indoor air pollution can lead to a whole range of health related issues including throat and skin irritation, headaches, fatigue and coughing.
James Hardie building products are inert and benign materials that do not contain VOCs, creating a healthier environment for you and your family.