Sustainable Architecture

We are committed to efficient manufacturing, sustainable architecture, end-of-life recycling and repurposing of surplus for a healthier world.

Sustainability begins with our own manufacturing processes, maximizing the use of recycled materials while maintaining the highest standards of product quality. Our PE core products – the finest available architectural panels of their kind – contain virtually 100 percent recycled materials. We also actively work to reduce our energy consumption, reduce the raw materials used in all our product lines, and capture production waste for reuse or recycling.

To continuously evaluate and advance our efforts, we have a Sustainability Manager on staff. It’s a full-time position dedicated to overseeing the effects of our products and processes on nature and humankind – a role found in few if any other companies in our industry.

Sustainability endures in the buildings that feature our products. The Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) requires an SRI value of 29 or greater for steep-slope roofs to earn a “Cool” rating, and many of our Architectural stock colors meet this requirement. We provide the Solar Reflectance Index for all architectural stock finishes to help you make the best choice for energy efficient, sustainable architecture. We also provide LEED Contribution Data Sheets to help you calculate the credits your building earns toward LEED certification for sustainable architecture.

Sustainability comes full circle with our Operation Encore program. Operation Encore makes it easy for you to recycle ALPOLIC® materials when buildings are renovated and re-clad. ALPOLIC® materials are virtually 100 percent recyclable, and through Operation Encore we’ll accept used materials, separate them, and place the components in the appropriate industry recycling streams.

Operation Encore

Operation Encore also finds practical and innovative ways to use materials that would otherwise be discarded as scrap. For example, we’re exploring relationships with innovative designers and architects who can use surplus ALPOLIC® composite materials for socially important needs, such as urban renewal projects, shelters and more.

Sustainability is transparent with our Product Transparency Declarations (PTDs). More than ever before, today’s architects and interior designers are being asked to provide assurance that the products they specify pose no significant hazards to human health or the natural environment. We’re taking the lead to give the answers you need, with documented verification of the minimal impact ALPOLIC® materials have on the health and safety of our communities and our world.

Based on highly recognized environmental guidelines, our PTDs provide full disclosure of MCM product components and their impacts. These documents evaluate ALPOLIC® products in light of the guidelines established by:

• The Impact Assessment Research Centre
• The National Toxicology Program
• The Occupational Safety and Health Administration
• California Proposition 65
• The REACH Substance of Very High Concern List
• The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Toxics Release Inventory Program for Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic Chemicals

Sustainability continues to evolve. Currently, our PTDs are voluntary disclosures, but we participate with a committee working toward transforming today's PTDs into tomorrow’s American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standards. Today's industry-wide standards include the Metal Construction Association (MCA) MCM Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), introduced in 2011, and the Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) developed by MCA in collaboration with UL and introduced in 2013.

We provide downloadable industry-wide EPDs, plus product-specfic PTDs for our PE 3mm, PE 4mm and 6mm, and fr 4mm and 6mm aluminum composite materials. These PTDs disclose known chemical components of our products as a service for specifiers and building owners who care about the health and well-being of building occupants, as well as to provide information on VOC emissions from finished building materials and other sustainability and environmental facts.

These product-specific PTDs apply exclusively to the ACM/MCM products manufactured by the ALPOLIC® Materials division of Mitsubishi Plastics Composites America, Inc.

ALPOLIC® for Sustainable Architecture

Efficient manufacturing, sustainable architecture and end-of-life recycling mean lower total costs and a brighter future.