ANAB National Association of Bioecological Architecture

The ANAB mark shows that the products bearing it have met the certification assessment criteria developed by ANAB on the basis of tests by control body ICEA (Institute for Ethical and Environmental Certification). This institute is also assigned by ANAB to carry out the inspections required to obtain the ANAB mark. The ANAB mark is a tool which helps establish fairness and clearer understanding in the relationship between manufacturers, designers and users, and spreads awareness of eco-building materials.

ANAB National Association of Bioecological Architecture was the first association set up in Italy (in 1989) in the ecobuilding industry with the aim of enlightening to the health and environmental risks of the current production model adopted by the building industry for housing. It aims to make people aware of the need for radical changes and to encourage the use of construction methods and materials that respect living beings and their environment.

Iris Ceramica's tiles collections have been certified by ANAB as bioecological and suitable for use in sustainable architecture. A certification which identifies the materials approved to be used in bio-ecological architecture, reserved for products which:

  • are made using natural and/or renewable resources
  • do not require an excessive amount of energy for their production
  • do not release substances dangerous for man or the environment.

The award guidelines are based on the environmental impact of the manufacturing cycles, the durability of the material and the energy consumption required during the whole life cycle (transportation, laying, care and maintenance) and for the removal and disposal of the product.

The LEED Certification

The goal of LEED standards is promoting awareness of environmentally sustainable construction among builders and architects with a flexible but well-articulated point system for building certification.
Points are assigned on the basis of calculation of credits assigned for each of the requirements determining the building's sustainability. The total number of credits determines the certification level.

The parameters for credits assignment are now defined according to LEED 2009, UNI EN ISO 14021:2002 and BREEAM. BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) is the leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings. Created in 1990, it sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the de facto measure used to describe a building's environmental performance.