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Our Commitment to a Sustainable Future

We are continuously enhancing our current fabrication processes to further the innovation in architectural ceramics.  With sustainability in mind, we are focused on the development of new products and processes within our ACAWorkshop and our internal Research and Design team led by our glaze engineers. Our team is continually exploring alternatives to our aluminum track and clip system and glazes made with recycled materials.

All Boston Valley Terra Cotta products are manufactured in the USA; buying domestic products can reduce the carbon footprint associated with transportation. Our commitment to sustainability has led us to improve our internal processes, going paperless and finding other ways to save energy. Our yearly ACAWorkshop allows outside architects the arena to experiment with terra cotta, exploring new ideas, often centered around the sustainable properties of the material.

Long Lasting

Terra cotta is a natural material that is inherently sustainable and has beneficial properties. In recent years, architectural terra cotta and faience have made a comeback as architects and façade engineers recognize the value that is added by designing with terra cotta.

A combination of raw materials, terra cotta is malleable when mixed with water and becomes durable when fired, lasting for hundreds of years. Terra cotta clay fired to a dense state can withstand freeze/thaw conditions and performs well in a variety of climates. Terra cotta is also fireproof and pollution resistant, ensuring a longer lasting building envelope. It is this durability that contributes to the longevity of a building, reducing the amount of discarded building materials in our landfills.

Lower Energy Production

As we consider the ways that we impact our environment, it is important that we make a conscious effort to improve the conditions of our planet. In manufacturing and construction, the long-term environmental impact of our actions must be considered through each step.

The manufacturing of architectural terra cotta requires a lower cost of energy per ton compared to other raw materials commonly used in construction. Additionally, the CO₂ emissions per ton of terra cotta is significantly lower than carbon emitted from construction materials like concrete, glass, and aluminum; once fired, the raw materials used to create terra cotta produce virtually no emissions. In the production process, Boston Valley takes measures to save energy, such as hand painting the edges of our products when necessary to avoid unnecessary double firings.

To find out more, click here to watch Alfred University’s William M. Carty, Ph.D.’s webinar, Energy in Terra Cotta: The Balance Between Heat Storage & Strength

Lower Energy Production

As we consider the ways that we impact our environment, it is important that we make a conscious effort to improve the conditions of our planet. In manufacturing and construction, the long-term environmental impact of our actions must be considered through each step.

The manufacturing of architectural terra cotta requires a lower cost of energy per ton compared to other raw materials commonly used in construction. Additionally, the CO₂ emissions per ton of terra cotta is significantly lower than carbon emitted from construction materials like concrete, glass, and aluminum; once fired, the raw materials used to create terra cotta produce virtually no emissions. In the production process, Boston Valley takes measures to save energy, such as hand painting the edges of our products when necessary to avoid unnecessary double firings.

Click here to watch William M. Carty, Ph.D.’s webinar, Energy in Terra Cotta: The Balance Between Heat Storage & Strength.

Less Waste in Manufacturing

Boston Valley Terra Cotta is committed to the responsible sourcing of materials, reduction of waste, recycling, and the development of new processes that will improve the efficiency of our terra cotta cladding. We affirm our commitment to the well-being of our planet through responsible manufacturing practices and a continuous investment in the future of sustainable manufacturing.

Our plant efficiency and quality assurance processes assures streamlined manufacturing with less material waste. Water used in production of architectural terra cotta is recycled for use in other steps of the manufacturing process. Discarded terra cotta can also be recycled back into the production of new clay bodies.

Less Waste in Manufacturing

Our plant efficiency and quality assurance processes assures streamlined manufacturing with less material waste. Water used in production of architectural terra cotta is recycled for use in other steps of the manufacturing process. Discarded terra cotta can also be recycled back into the production of new clay bodies.

Easy to Clean & Maintain

Terra cotta is a resilient material that can last hundreds of years with proper care. Our surfaces require little to no maintenance, and if needed, terra cotta can be easily cleaned with disinfecting detergent and light pressure washing. Our glazed and through-body surfaces will not change in color or finish with repeated cleaning and exceeds the chemical resistance requirements of the Standard Specification for Ceramic Glazed Structural Clay Facing Tile, Facing Brick, and Solid Masonry Units (ASTM-C126). The outer layer of glazed terra cotta creates a barrier that provides additional benefits in interior applications since it is easy to clean and disinfect, helping to fight off mold growth.

Easy to Clean & Maintain

Terra cotta is a resilient material that can last hundreds of years with proper care. Our surfaces require little to no maintenance, and if needed, terra cotta can be easily cleaned with disinfecting detergent and light pressure washing. Our glazed and through-body surfaces will not change in color or finish with repeated cleaning and exceeds the chemical resistance requirements of the Standard Specification for Ceramic Glazed Structural Clay Facing Tile, Facing Brick, and Solid Masonry Units (ASTM-C126). The outer layer of glazed terra cotta creates a barrier that provides additional benefits in interior applications since it is easy to clean and disinfect, helping to fight off mold growth.