Environmental Management System (EMS) At TAKTL, we take a rigorous approach to managing our environmental impact – measuring progress, auditing results and setting the bar higher each year. Our products have exceptional lifetime performance, backed by a team experienced in both environmental engineering and green building standards. TAKTL maintains a comprehensive Environmental Management System (EMS) to establish, monitor and reduce company environmental impacts. The EMS is audited and updated annually and new goals are assigned for the coming year. Please contact us if you would like more information about our EMS and our progress.
Life Cycle Assessment | Environmental Impact TAKTL is vertically integrated and its raw materials are very close to the extraction point, giving us the unique opportunity to directly control and measure the environmental impact of each ingredient and process. A complete Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) utilizes the internationally recognized SimaPro LCA and Carbon Footprint software and databases. TAKTL’s ultra-high strength means thinner profiles, with less material required to achieve the same result, and a final product that is lighter in weight. Reduced material weight reduces environmental impact during manufacture, packaging, shipping, transport, and installation. When used as facade panels, this lighter weight can also translate into substantial material savings and cost in the structure foundation and core.
TAKTL’s Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a system for quantifying major contributors to environmental impact in order to effectively drive the continuous improvement Environmental Management Program (EMP). Ninety-two percent (92%) of TAKTL’s raw materials are extracted within 500 miles (800 km) of our production facility. This affords us a unique opportunity to directly control and measure the environmental impacts of each ingredient and process, prioritize improvement initiatives, and continually reduce our carbon footprint.
TAKTL’s ultra-high strength means thinner profiles, with less material required to achieve the same building requirements, and a final product that is lighter in weight. Reduced material weight reduces environmental impact during manufacture, packaging, transport, and installation. When used as facade panels, this lighter weight can also translate into substantial material savings and cost for the underlying structural support systems. Our complete LCA utilizes the widely recognized SimaPro® LCA and Carbon Footprint software and databases.
Program Oversight and Verification TAKTL has been able to draw upon the expertise of the Green Design Institute (GDI) at Carnegie Mellon University to develop its Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) program. GDI is an internationally recognized research, education, and consulting organization that forms partnerships with companies, governmental organizations, and foundations to develop pioneering design, management, manufacturing, and regulatory processes to improve environmental and product quality. Dr. Michael Griffin, Executive Director of GDI, provides our internal team of environmental engineers both consultation and third party oversight for TAKTL’s LCA development, environmental impact reporting, and overall Environmental Management Program. For more information about GDI: www.ce.cmu.edu/greendesign
Resource Efficiency Natural gas and electricity are the primary energy sources used at our facility. TAKTL has been conceived from the outset as a sourcing and manufacturing process that is both energy efficient and uses very little water (5% vs. 12% for typical GFRC formulations and 20% for conventional concrete). Local materials, local manufacturing and lower material requirements (less weight) minimize energy associated with extraction, as well as inbound and outbound shipping.
Local Raw Material Sourcing TAKTL was developed in a way that allows us to replicate its physical performance and aesthetic qualities using materials that can be found anywhere in the world. The research team is currently sourcing and testing materials in two new geographic regions to prepare for the next modular TAKTL facilities. Using local materials and manufacturing on a regional basis saves on the cost – both environmental and economic – of shipping raw materials to the production facility and shipping finished product to the project.
Waste Management and Emissions Having designed the entire proprietary manufacturing process, from the measurement and movement of raw materials through curing and post-processing, we have been able to make it enclosed and continuous, minimizing waste streams and cleaning. As an example, a water purification system collects utility water through a plant-wide network of floor drains and moves it to a centralized filtration system, where it undergoes a purification process and is then recycled back into production for equipment, mold and part cleaning throughout the plant. A final filtration and pH neutralization system is currently being installed that will completely close the loop by producing water pure enough to replace the deionized water in our TAKTL formulation.
Green Building Certifications Our team of knowledgeable and environmentally committed LEED® accredited professionals stay current in a wide range of international green building practices and standards. Whatever the specific sustainability goals of a project are, they are ready to assist with information, documentation, and project specific submittals. Please contact us for more information.
Environmental Health + Safety At TAKTL, employee safety and well-being are our top priorities. We utilize a comprehensive Injury and Illness Prevention Program that exceeds federal and state OSHA standards and helps steer our Environmental Health and Safety Policies. For example, every material brought into TAKTL, from new pigments or coatings to test supplies and raw materials, is closely controlled through our chemical approval process. Unlike most concrete manufacturing facilities, our production processes are closed, automated, and very low dust, producing low VOC’s and no harmful wastewater, and posing low risk to our employees and the environment. TAKTL has a strong sense of social and environmental responsibility and works to protect and support the communities where we live and work. For environmental health and safety, as well as all aspects of our business, our goal is to be exceptional.