A commitment to sustainability and quality

“The greatest responsibility of the planner and architect, I believe, is the protection and development of our habitat."

- Walter Gropius

Focussing on economic benefits when planning buildings is no longer enough. Walter Gropius spoke about environmental impact a century ago but it’s taking the world a long time to catch up.

Architects and manufacturers are increasingly under pressure to deliver a sustainable solution. Will what is planned and built today make a positive contribution to the future of our world? Are the methods and materials that are processed artificially sustainable and safe? Are we restricted aesthetically by the need for sustainable materials and practices?

At Altro, we have always focussed on quality. First and foremost, of course, in the production of our floors and walls. We use the highest quality raw materials from regularly monitored sources and manufacture in compliance with the highest quality standards. We also offer some of the longest guarantees in the industry – plus our safety floors are guaranteed to maintain their slip resistance for the life of the floor. Despite continuous development, as a third-generation family business we are proud that our industrial production has never become a faceless, fully automated assembly line production.

Andrew Marshall, Associate Director, 3DReid architecture practice says: "When we talk about sustainability in architecture, besides the processes involved in manufacturing and transporting the materials, one has to keep in mind: How long is this product usable? You cannot use a product that has a short lifespan - this is the worst thing you can do in terms of sustainability."

Our commitment goes beyond production; after all, it is our customers who work daily with our materials on countless construction sites worldwide. All our products are designed to make installation as simple as possible. We also offer floors and walls installation training, online support and telephone and on-site support where needed. We also co-founded Recofloor, the vinyl take-back scheme that has, to date, helped our customers divert over 4,300 tonnes of vinyl flooring from landfill, and Recowall, a recycling scheme for wall sheets.

Chris Radcliffe says: “As a designer, when putting something into a building I would like to know I am putting something in that comes from a company that acts responsibly. Particularly in interior design we are looking to put more and more sustainable materials in, whether it may be on floors and walls, it is becoming more and more important. "

For more information about our sustainability practices, visit this section of the Altro website.