Mosa and sustainability
Sustainability is one of Mosa's core values and takes top priority in the development of new products, responsible production processes and optimal working conditions. Mosa is the world’s first ceramic tile company to gain full Cradle to Cradle® Silver certification for its entire tile collection. Years of research and investment have yielded even more results, including ISO 14001 certification, the Dubokeur seal and registration in the Netherlands’ National Environmental Database. Mosa tiles also contribute to sustainable building certifications, such as LEED and GPR Gebouw.
But there is still more work to be done. Mosa has been a Cradle to Cradle Charter Organisation since early 2011; the charter establishes our commitment to further implementing Cradle to Cradle in all our company’s products and processes. You can find the registration of Mosa's certified tiles as well as detailed information about the testing criteria on the C2CPII website. You can also take a look at our Cradle to Cradle brochure and our online discussions of the LEED sustainability certifications.
LEED stands for "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design" and this is an internationally recognised certification system for the design, construction and use of green buildings. It offers an independent assessment of seven criteria: choice of site, use of materials, energy efficiency, water management, indoor environmental quality, innovation and design process, and regional priorities.
Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), of which Mosa has been a member since 2008, the LEED system has quickly grown into a globally accepted standard from its roots in the USA. LEED offers building owners and managers a structure for the identification and implementation of practical and measurable solutions for green buildings.
There are various LEED systems, such as commercial interiors, new construction and renovation of schools, healthcare facilities and retail. The LEED system is under constant development.
LEED does not certify the materials themselves; however, Mosa tiles can contribute to achieving LEED certification for a building. The latest LEED version, LEED Version 4 includes Cradle to Cradle products. Opting for Mosa’s certified wall and floor tiles can now yield up to two points in Materials & Resources Credit 4, Building Disclosure and Optimization - Material Ingredients. Thanks to our sustainable production methods, use of secondary materials (recycled content) and our independently verified EPDs, there are several ways that Mosa tiles contribute to LEED points.
LCA and EPD
Mosa tiles are chemically inert and very durable. This gives them an extremely long lifespan. They can last for hundreds of years, during which time their appearance and technical quality will remain completely unchanged when subjected to normal use. Mosa utilises an independently verified lifecycle analysis (LCA) that attests to the sustainable character of our tiles. The results can be found in the EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) sheets for Mosa wall and floor tiles.
Mosa sustainability report 2014
The Mosa sustainability report 2014 was published on 1 November 2015. We report in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative's G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, with the Core option. Aspects that are relevant to Mosa's ambitions for sustainability have been inventoried and were informed by meetings with clients and stakeholders combined with internal assessments.