LEED: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
Umicore Building Products USA Inc (UBP) is a company incorporated in the USA that sells VMZINC products manufactured by Umicore Building Products France which has its headquarters in Bagnolet (Paris) France. Our plants in France are certified ISO 14001. Most panel systems sold by UBP USA Inc. are manufactured in the USA.
Zinc is natural metal that is all around us and is an integral part of nature. Zinc is safe, naturally occurring metal that exists in most of the world's rock formations. It is one of the most globally common materials, and is recyclable. Use of VMZINC building products can contribute to achieving LEED points.
|Material and Resources||Credit 2.1||Construction Waste Management||1 point|
All zinc construction wastes can easily be separated from other metals and sent to any local metal scrap dealer. Zinc in the US can be reused by the galvanisation industry.
|Material and Resources||Credit 4.1||Recycled Content||1 point|
Post-consumer content: 17%
Pre-consumer (Post-industrial) content: 30%
Post-consumer content: All VMZINC building products come from one smelting plant located in Auby, France. The plant uses 17% of recycled zinc to produce all VMZINC building and constuction products.
Pre-consumer content: Umicore Building Products reclaims all the scrap generated during the manufacturing process. Umicore is one of the world's leading zinc manufacturers with a total production capacity of over 600,000 tons. It is the world's number one producer of zinc products for building applications. Umicore is also the world's largest zinc recycler, a position that reflects the company's goal to provide a "closed loop" for zinc products.
|Indoor Environment Quality||Credit 4.2||Low-Emitting Materials paints and Coatings||1 point|
Umicore BuP does not apply any coating on standard QUARTZ-ZINC® material. Consequently, no VOCs are generated.
Additional Environmental Aspects of VMZINC Production
Long Life span
Zinc has an exceptionally long lifespan. While relatively new in North America, zinc has been successfully used in Europe for more than a century. When UBP USA Inc. installation guidelines are followed and based on empirical evidence, zinc roofs can last up to 100 years in rural areas, up to 70 years near the sea, and up to 40 years in heavy industrialized environments. Zinc walls may last more than 100 years.
Low maintenance material
In addition to its long life span, zinc is a low maintenance material. Zinc continues to build a protective layer (patina) over time and will self repair imperfections or scratches.
Zinc production is friendlier to the environment than other metals. For instance it takes much less energy to refine zinc than aluminium, copper, or stainless steal. For instance, the energy required to produce zinc from ore is 1/4 that of aluminium and 1/2 that of copper and steel.
Zinc is 100 % recyclable
Zinc is also beneficial at the end of its useful life. Scrap of VMZINC has a high metal content and is 100% recyclable. New zinc products are created from recycled zinc such as zinc oxides used in paint, rubber production, and pharmaceutical products.
Origin of zinc
Zinc exist naturally in air, water, and soil. Most rocks and many minerals contain zinc in varying degrees. Zinc is most commonly found in the earth’s crust. One third of the zinc used by Umicore Building Products comes from North America, another one third from Central and South America, and the remaining one-third from other locations worldwide.
Zinc an essential element for life
For humans to the smallest microorganism, animals and plants require for metabolism function.
In humans, zinc is essential for the proper functioning of more than 200 enzymes, for the stabilization of DNA and the expression of genes, and for the transfer of nervous signals. Zinc is a trace element, as important to the human body as iron, magnesium, or calcium.
In fact, the lack of zinc is a much greater concern than excess. Zinc deficiency can result in several health problems including: skin changes, stunted growth, loss of taste and smell, mental lethargy, loss of appetite, and interference with the functions of the spleen and liver.
"There is considerable evidence that zinc deficiency in humans is a serious worldwide problem…"
-Boston University School of Medicine 1995
"…normal, healthy, non-occupationally exposed individuals are at potentially greater risk from the adverse effects associated with zinc deficiency than from adverse effects associated with normal environmental exposure to zinc."
-U.N. Environment Program Health Criteria for zinc 1996