Sustainability

Sustainability

Our Mission

Tate's commitment to sustainability includes goals and actions for continuous improvement in the areas of the environment, customers, community and company. The construction and operation of buildings is a major contributor to global final energy use and energy-related CO2 emissions, so it is increasingly important for companies like ours to take serious actions to foster a better environment. We are constantly investigating and implementing new ways to reduce the environmental impact of our manufacturing process and business operations through improved energy efficiency, automation and environmentally friendly solutions.

Sustainability and Tate Products

Tate products provide many sustainable advantages throughout the construction and operation of a building. During the construction phase, Tate’s Underfloor Service Distribution System allows a reduction in slab-to-slab height, decreasing the amount of required construction materials including eliminating ducts and reducing power and data cable lengths.

In operation, an underfloor HVAC system performs at a much lower pressure and warmer supply temperature than a traditional ducted overhead system, boosting indoor air quality, energy efficiency and personal comfort control. Lower system pressure helps improve energy efficiency through the reduction of mechanical equipment and longer economizer hours. Additionally, the ability to reuse service supply materials such as wires, cables, outlets and diffusers during reconfiguration further improves the lifetime sustainability of any facility.

Our customers enjoy sustainable and high-performance benefits by using Tate solutions in their buildings. Some of those benefits include:

  • Improved energy efficiency
  • Healthier indoor environmental quality
  • Reduction of material use
  • Design possibilities that allow for a more flexible and adaptable built environment
  • Reuse of service distribution materials during reconfiguration

Net Zero Energy

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In 2011, through Kingspan’s Net Zero Energy program, its companies, including Tate, committed globally to matching 100% operational energy with renewable energy by 2020. We achieved Net Zero Energy through a mix of energy reduction and procurement of certified renewable energy credits. At the successful conclusion of the 10-year Net Zero Energy program in 2020, we launched a new 10-year Planet Passionate Program.

Planet Passionate

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Planet Passionate is Kingspan’s current ambitious 10-year global sustainability program that aims to impact three big global issues:

  • Climate change
  • Circularity
  • Protection of our natural world

Through Planet Passionate, we’re playing our part by driving energy and carbon out of our business operations and supply chain, as well as increasing our recycling of rainwater and waste, while also accelerating our participation in the circular economy. By setting challenging targets for ourselves in the areas of energy, carbon, circularity and water, we aim to make significant advances in the sustainability of both our business operations and our products.

Zero Waste to Landfill

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One of the Planet Passionate initiatives that Tate has already achieved is the complete elimination of waste being sent to landfill from all its offices and manufacturing sites in the United States. The goal was achieved through a combination of reuse, recycling and energy generation. Cement aggregate wastes from the company’s Red Lion and Jessup manufacturing facilities are reused for pavement solutions. Cardboard, steel and aluminum wastes are recycled. All other non-recyclable general waste, which accounts for 15% of the total, is incinerated at local county solid waste facilities to generate energy. Sustaining zero landfill status is an environmental objective of Tate’s Environmental Management System, which is audited and certified by Lloyd’s Register.

Read more about our Zero Waste to Landfill achievement!

Kingspan 2030 Global Commitments

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Tate Certifications and Partnerships

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  • ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System Certification
  • ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System Certification
  • ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health & Safety Management System Certification
  • EPA Green Power Partnership, Member
  • United States Green Building Council (USGBC)
  • GreenGrid
  • Center for the Built Environment at the University of California Berkley, Founding Member

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