A global leader in the manufacture and supply of acoustical ceiling products, Armstrong Ceiling Solutions is synonymous with quality and performance. The company is also fast establishing itself as a frontrunner in sustainability, thanks to its growing ‘green’ credentials. Seeking to make a genuine contribution to a more sustainable, environmentally friendly construction industry, Armstrong produces fully recyclable ceilings with a high proportion of recycled content.
As always, Armstrong remains driven by a desire to improve Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) through complete acoustics solutions. Their sound absorbing and sound blocking products are ideal for acoustic comfort in commercial buildings and public infrastructure alike, and are certified green. Mindful of the tendency of some suppliers to ‘greenwash’, or overstate, their sustainability, Armstrong seeks independent third party verification of environmental performance. Customers are presented with unbiased information that allows them to make an informed choice and trust that Armstrong products are truly sustainable.
In Australia, Armstrong mineral fibre ceilings have achieved a ‘Level A Green Rate’ certification from Global GreenTag. This certification, which is recognised in Australia, New Zealand, and over 70 other countries, indicates that the products are ‘Fit-for-Purpose’, comply with relevant building codes, and contribute to various green rating tools, be these Green Star, WELL, or LEED, etc. The company is working closely with Global GreenTag to achieve ‘Level A GreenRate’ certification for their metal ceiling products as the Australian market for these grows.
Beyond fabrication, Armstrong is committed to sustainability at all points of the product life cycle from specification to post-consumer. For nearly 20 years, they have reclaimed used ceiling panels as part of their ‘Ceiling to Ceiling’ recycling scheme, making them the only ceiling supplier with a product stewardship program. Under the scheme, approved old ceiling panels removed during building refurbishment are returned to the nearest Armstrong plant, where they are upcycled into new panels. To date, ‘Ceiling to Ceiling’ has diverted 20 million square metres of old ceiling materials from landfill, leading to a saving of over 1 million tonnes of raw materials and significant power consumption and carbon emission reductions.
Since the Australian introduction of ‘Ceiling to Ceiling’, a number of major commercial towers in Melbourne have participated in the scheme. Most recently, 10 000m2 of ceiling panels were recycled as part of Gray Puksand’s $50 million refurbishment of Casselden Place, 2 Lonsdale Street Melbourne. Constructed in 1992, the A-Grade office tower features 39 stories and a total 61 000m2 in floor space. During the recent refurbishment, Rork Projects and Alpha Project Management sharpened their focus on sustainability and energy efficiency, and incorporated a number of sustainable measures such as ‘Ceiling to Ceiling’ into the 4.5 star NABER rated, 5 Star Green Star building. Armstrong was selected to supply the new ceilings, leading to the installation of the Armstrong ULTIMA system, a high performance, durable acoustic panel that both absorbs and blocks sound.
Armstrong Ceiling Solutions is a proud member of the Green Building Council of Australia and contributor to the development of Green Star Tools. For more information about their sustainable acoustical ceiling solutions and flagship recycling program, contact Armstrong Ceilings via the links below.