Essential Product Qualities
Health and safety
In the course of the materiality analysis, the product qualities outlined below were identified as essential for the Wienerberger Group. We take this as confirmation of our efforts undertaken in the area of innovative product management.
Healthy indoor climate: an essential quality feature for Wienerberger
Creating a healthy indoor environment is one of the most important issues for the future of modern residential construction. In western industrialized countries, people spend about 90% of their time indoors. Usually, indoor air quality leaves a lot to be desired: pollutants, dry air, dust and mold have a negative impact on the indoor climate and constitute a health risk. It is for good reasons that bricks have been in use as a building material for thousands of years – brick buildings have excellent properties and guarantee a good quality of life for their inhabitants.
Bricks create excellent conditions for a healthy and comfortable indoor atmosphere
Bricks qualify as a particularly healthy building material. Bricks are open to vapor diffusion, which means that air humidity in the room is ideally balanced and the indoor climate is both healthy and comfortable. Due to their high accumulation capacity, brick walls keep rooms pleasantly cool in summer and warm in winter. Thus, our bricks score high in terms of indoor air quality and indoor climate.¹
Brick products for safety in the event of natural disasters
As regards safety, our brick products offer a high level of protection in the event of a fire or an earthquake. Wienerberger’s Sturmfix system, for example, enables our roof tiles to resist extreme windstorms and prevents them from being blown off and hitting people. Our pipes, which are used for high-quality water supply and disposal systems, also have a positive impact on human health. Used for water supply systems, they ensure access to clean water. In sewage systems they improve urban hygiene, as they ensure safe waste water disposal.
Pipelife’s Gas-Stop device makes gas supply networks safe
Damage to gas supply lines in the course of civil-engineering work, incorrect installation of gas pipes in buildings, and natural disasters are the most frequent causes of gas leaks. Gas-Stop by Pipelife, a self-actuated, fast-closing valve for gas supply lines, makes gas supply lines safer.
Compliance with all legal provisions
In order to avoid pollution by hazardous substances, each business unit takes responsibility for compliance with the legal provisions in effect, such as REACH, the EU Regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals. Having observed all national and international legal provisions, we are not aware of any incidents of infringements of health-related rules in 2014.
1 See also:
Passive House Study, Part 3 – Indoor Air Quality, Department for “Bauen und Umwelt” Donau-Universit.t Krems, on behalf of Wienerberger AG, Krems 2008.