Artistic Tile Goes Even Greener with Solar Power
Secaucus, NJ - Artistic Tile is pleased to announce the installation of a photovoltaic (solar) array on the roof of their headquarters in Secaucus, NJ.
Working with American Clean Energy LLC, the 1,650 installed solar panels allows the company to decrease reliance on the city's energy grid by turning to the unlimited resource of the sun to produce up to 85% of the power use each year at their 110,000 square foot home office and production/warehousing facility.
Said Artistic Tile Vice President Zachary Epstein, “In addition to the energy savings, we are very excited about achieving the environmental benefits that going solar provides. It fits well with our vision to provide quality natural products that create sustainable design solutions for our clients projects.”
The 1,650 photovoltaic panels will produce a Solar Array Output of 526,151 kWh per year, offsetting roughly 352.52 tons of carbon annually.
A company known for their commitment to the environment, Artistic Tile has undertaken many green initiatives including Recycling post-production scrap material; implementing a state-of-the-art water filtration system that utilizes 100% captured rain water, shipping products in recycled boxes, and packing goods with biodegradable bubble wrap.
About Artistic Tile: Artistic Tile is one of the most respected distributors of luxury tile and stone in the country, and offers unique products to architects, designers and homeowners, available for immediate delivery. The company is a family-run business headquartered in Secaucus, NJ. Artistic Tile brand products, including Waterfall Bathroom Furniture, are distributed through Artistic Tile’s eight showrooms as well as through a network of more than 160 dealers across the United States. Artistic Tile is a leader in design and innovation in the stone and tile industry.
About American Clean Energy: American Clean Energy is a New Jersey based developer of solar installations for commercial and industrial customers. They develop and own solar installations on commercial and industrial customers’ sites and sell the resultant electricity to those customers using Power Purchase Agreements.
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Artistic Tile's Green Initiatives
Nancy Epstein, founder, CEO, and principal product designer of Artistic Tile, is standing up for the environment and committed to lowering her firm’s carbon footprint. In addition to continuing to offer products with ‘green’ characteristics, she has activated four ‘green’ initiatives corporately:
1. Recycling post-production scrap material
2. Using 100% filtered rain water in cutting tile
3. Shipping products in recycled boxes
4. Packing goods with biodegradable bubble wrap.
Epstein says, “It is my goal to be more eco-conscious and join forces with others in the tile industry to let people know that they are making responsible purchases when they select natural stone and tile for their design projects.”
Artistic Tile’s use of rain water in its state-of-the-art water filtration system, created in just six months and housed in the 110,000 square foot distribution center at the company’s headquarters in Secaucus, New Jersey, was custom-designed by Gerard Esmail, vice president of operations at Artistic Tile, and Larry Epstein of Alden Leeds, a leading manufacturer in the swimming pool chemical industry. Esmail says, “Our in-house customization program, which allows us to custom-cut mosaics in more than 50 patterns, uses approximately 60,000 gallons of water per day on the diamond-blade saws, which require a constant flow of water during the cutting process. We needed to find a way to reduce our water consumption while still meeting the demands of the luxury customer.”
His answer was to utilize the vinyl roof on the warehouse and create special drains and tubes to siphon rain water year-round into an outside tank. “I can get as much as 1,000 gallons from one rain storm,” exclaims Esmail. The rain water is reintroduced into the custom recycling system – a series of tanks and pressurized pumps – that clean the water immediately as it is being used without the need of chemicals, chlorine, or bleaching agents. The revolutionary system filters 200 gallons per minute.
Additionally, Artistic Tile is recycling all of their scrap material created from production of stone, porcelain, and ceramic products. The post-production waste is sent to a plant in South New Jersey where it is then ground into aggregate for concrete and used in a wide variety of construction projects, including railway beds.
Furthermore, Artistic Tile has recently implemented shipping their products in recycled Kraft boxes and packing with biodegradable bubble wrap from EcoBox called “Bio-Bubble”, which decomposes into CO2, water, and biomass that serve as nutrients for the soil in landfills.
Known for their extensive inventory of unique and fashionable tiles, natural stone makes up the majority of Artistic Tile’s business. Epstein says, “Nothing is more ‘green’ than building for life, and no product has more permanence than stone.” Although there has not been an official statement from the Natural Stone Council (www.genuinestone.com) or other related organizations declaring natural stone as ‘green’, there are six points that support natural stone as a viable option:
1. Reusable - Natural stone can be salvaged and repurposed should an existing building be renovated or raised for any reason. Natural stone has been reclaimed as long as it has been in use. The great buildings of the Roman Empire were ‘mined’ when they fell into disuse. Today, natural stone continues to be recycled from existing buildings, including metropolitan centers like New York and Chicago, where stone is salvaged from demolished buildings and used to repair other buildings in the area that were constructed of the same or similar material.
2. Natural – Stone is just that; there are no Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOC’s) with which to be concerned.
3. Energy Efficient - Natural stone has thermal mass and when installed in a building with a sunny exposure, absorbs the heat of the sun during the day and releases the heat at night, thereby reducing the use of artificial heating systems. Conversely, a light-colored stone used in exterior applications would reflect the sun’s rays and reduce the heat island effects. (www.epa.gov/heatisland/index.htm)
4. Low Maintenance - Natural stone is easily maintained without the use of harsh chemicals. Sweeping, vacuuming, and damp-mopping are sufficient for day-to-day cleaning and mild, pH neutral cleaners when needed.
5. Indoor Environment - Natural stone does not harbor allergens (dust mites, mold, mildew, bacteria, etc.) and therefore does not negatively impact indoor air quality.
6. Durability - natural stone can last indefinitely and doesn’t need to be replaced due to wear and tear as other surfaces might. Where other floor/wall products would be irreparably damaged by water, natural stone can be dried and cleaned and need not be thrown away as carpet and other coverings would be. This durability results in a favorable life-cycle cost.
In short, the selection of natural stone complements ‘green’ construction choices and adds beauty and value to an earth-friendly home.
Epstein is very pleased with her company’s progress in implementing more environmentally-friendly procedures. Moving forward, she is committed to the on-going investigation of new energy and resource saving measures.