TRESPA BELIEVES THAT SUSTAINABILITY IS NOT SOMETHING YOU DREAM ABOUT, BUT SOMETHING YOU DO. WITH THE RECENTLY LAUNCHED TRESPA SECOND LIFE PROGRAMME TRESPA AIMS TO STRENGTHEN ITS POSITION AS A SUSTAINABLE COMPANY BY INCREASING THE CIRCULARITY OF ITS PRODUCT: PREPARING TRESPA® METEON® PANELS FOR A NEW LIFE AFTER THEIR DEINSTALLATION.
TRESPA SECOND LIFE: HOW DOES IT WORK? Since 2019, owners of buildings with Trespa® Meteon® panels can apply for participation in the Trespa Second Life programme. Once the panels are uninstalled, they will be picked up by Trespa and prepared for new applications. This way, building owners can save on transportation and disposal costs while extending the lifetime of the product.
In order to participate to the programme, a one-off fee is requested. Also the building owner must present proof of purchase and delivery as well as proof that panels are mechanically fixed. A picture of the building needs to be provided. Once the registration has been completed, the owner will receive a certificate that entitles him/ her to request for the panels to be picked up after their deinstallation, also after many years.
WHY TRESPA SECOND LIFE? An important pillar of Trespa’s sustainability approach is the commitment to design, create and produce a highquality, durable product. The longer a product lasts, the longer the period of time to spread the environmental impact associated with the extraction of raw materials and the environmental costs that incurred in the product’s manufacturing, such as energy consumption, waste generation and emissions. Furthermore, long-lasting products need fewer replacements. This means less use of natural resources, lower emissions and less waste than goods with short lifespans, even when their production turns out to be more resource and energy-intensive. In other words, the longer a product lasts, the more the environment benefits. Trespa is proud to say that the reference lifetime for Trespa® Meteon® panels is set at 50 years. But the company wants to do more.
AFTER THE TRESPA® METEON® PANELS HAVE BEEN
INSTALLED, THE OWNER OF THE BUILDING CAN
APPLY TO THE PROGRAMME ONLINE THROUGH
ONCE THE PANELS HAVE BEEN UNINSTALLED
AND ORGANIZED IN PALLETS BY THE CLIENT,
TRESPA WILL ARRANGE FOR PICK-UP.
IN THE CONVERSION PROCESS, THE
PANELS WILL BE PROCESSED TO BE
ADJUSTED FOR NEW APPLICATIONS.
ONCE THE TRESPA SECOND LIFE PANELS HAVE BEEN CLEANED
AND CUT, THEY WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO BE REUSED IN NEW
APPLICATIONS, EXTENDING THE LIFE OF THE MATERIAL.
Trespa is proud
to say that the
for Trespa® Meteon®
panels is set
at 50 years.
At the moment, when a building with Trespa® Meteon® panels is renovated or taken down, it happens often that the façade panels are simply discarded as waste or used for energy recovery. Trespa thinks that this could be done better, because its high-quality materials keep their structural functionality and aesthetic value long beyond their average service time on a building. With the Trespa Second Life programme the company aims for reuse of our panels after their uninstallation. This way not only the product is kept out of landfill, its lifetime is also extended, thus making the next step towards a completely circular product.
CIRCULAR ECONOMYA circular economy is a sustainable alternative to the traditional linear economy (produce, use, dispose) and aims to minimise waste and resource use, keep resources in use for as long as possible and extract the maximum value from them whilst in use. When a product reaches the end of its life, it should be reused to create further value.
When it comes to improving waste management, the Waste Framework Directive of the European Union (2008) provides a simple figure that explains what should be the priority of actions: the Waste Pyramid. The first step is simply avoiding waste or, in other words, preventing materials from becoming waste. The waste that we do not generate does not need to be managed, does not need recycling or recovery and will not end up incinerated or landfilled. This also means: keeping products in use for as long as possible.
The second step is about finding ways to reuse products and materials, the third about recycling waste materials into new products or materials, followed by energy recovery and finally disposal. The Trespa Second Life programme focuses on the second step, reuse of panels that otherwise would be discarded. It is important to know that reuse is preferred over recycling,
It is important to
know that reuse
is preferred over
because normally the recycling process is more energy-intensive and polluting. If Second Life panels can be used just as they are, and they only need to be cut and cleaned, their product life can be significantly extended while minimizing energy consumption and CO2 generation. As one of the objectives of the circular economy is to maintain the value of
products for as long as possible, Trespa Second Life will prioritise applications in which the product is reused at its full potential. Hence, applications where the quality of the material and its exceptional properties -durability, colour stability and mechanical resistance- is appreciated and where the product can be used in its natural form. Applications where the material is overqualified are less preferred as we believe it is important to avoid loss of product value and downcycling.
At the moment Trespa is working together with designers, customers and partners to roll out the programme and evaluate reuse possibilities. We will make sure to promote the use of our Trespa Second Life panels only for applications in compliance with all the regulations in place. The programme will be managed locally. Ideally, the Second Life panels should be used within the same country as the original project to avoid emissions related to transportation.
Waste Management Hierarchy (European Union, 2008)
SHARE YOUR IDEASCIRCULARITY AND SUSTAINABILITY REQUIRE EFFORTS FROM ALL STAKEHOLDERS TOGETHER. WE ARE DEVELOPING THIS PROGRAMME FROM ZERO AND WE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT IT. WE WELCOME YOU TO GIVE US IDEAS ON APPLICATIONS FOR TRESPA SECOND LIFE MATERIALS, INTRODUCE US YOUR CIRCULARITY PROJECTS, OR JUST GIVE US YOUR OPINION ABOUT THIS PROGRAMME.
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