Cembrit, the natural slate specialist, will be demonstrating the environmental benefits of natural slate at Greenbuild Expo in June. Visitors to Stand A5 will be able to see two of Cembrits renowned natural slate products, Glendyne and Alpina, and explore how they might contribute to all types of sustainable building projects.
Natural slate requires low energy input for processing in comparison with other alternatives, says Ged Ferris, Marketing Manager at Cembrit. Not only is it popular on new building projects it also has an extended life as a reclaimed product giving it decades of longer working life than alternatives. We are using the show to demonstrate the economic and visual advantages of this traditional natural roofing material.
Glendyne is a high quality slate quarried from the Canadian town of Saint Marc du Lac Long, Quebec, Canada. A dark blue/grey, with a fine, consistent grain and smooth texture, it benefits from a combination of modern extraction technology and traditional finishing skills to ensure a consistently high standard product.
Alpina is a Brazilian natural slate, selected from the finest deposits and produced at some of the best facilities in Papagaios, Brazil. It is available in two colours, graphite and grey/green and in a variety of sizes. With its flat surface and pleasing shade variations, Alpina slate can be relied upon to create an attractive, high performance roof. Alpina slates have virtually no unstable minerals such as pyrites, graphite, carbon and un-oxidised irons. Both of these slates can withstand the most severe weather conditions: they are unaffected by sunlight, ultraviolet light and even acid rain.
Using skills built up over 80 years, Cembrit offers a wide range of cladding panels, corrugated sheet and natural and man-made roofing slate. Quality levels at group factories are rigorously maintained to high standards with many products manufactured under the control of ISO 9001 and British Board of Agrément.
Cembrit UK is a member of Cembrit Holding A/S (formerly the Dansk Eternit Holding A/S) of Denmark, one of Europes major building material producers of fibre reinforced cement products for the roofing and cladding industry. The ultimate parent company FL Smith this year celebrates its 125 year anniversary.