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Research & Development

A leader in the formulating, design and production of environmentally friendly finishing materials, Terraco prides itself on providing innovative, green solutions to the construction industry. Since its founding in 1980, Terraco uses carefully selected raw materials and production techniques, resulting in products that promote health, ensure comfort, improve energy efficiency and provides a sophisticated finish.

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We know our
sources

Terraco's products are only made using raw materials that meets our rigorous vetting procedures. All raw materials are screened and tested before use.

  • Continuous Innovation

    Terraco is committed to an extensive Research & Development program; focused on finding environmentally friendly, high quality solutions for the construction industry. The development work is spearheaded by the Terraco Technical Centre in Ireland, which coordinates the efforts of all technical personnel within Terracoand ensures that we continue to be a leading innovator and a supplier of choice.

    Terraco's in-house development team actively cooperates with multiple technology partners and suppliers, conducting joint research projects in common interest areas.

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  • Commitment to Quality

    Terraco ensures that the products meet all relevant local and international standards. The products are certified after the most rigorous tests by international testing institutes. The Technical Centre implements strictly monitored and enforced quality control procedures at all production facilities ensuring homogenous, high quality products.

    Terraco companies follow strict, certified, quality control and environmental management procedures. Terraco factories have obtained ISO 9001 certification and in some instances are ISO 14001 environmental management certified. Our products are developed and formulated to meet ASTM, BS and EN standards amongst others.

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Our Green Principles

Terraco aims to combine the latest green technology and carefully selected, resource efficient raw materials to create durable, eco-friendly products that improve comfort and quality of life. Products that have a minimal impact on the environment and surpass our customers' requirements and expectations. Products are designed and produced in compliance with Terraco's Green Principals.

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    Health conscious products

    Terraco's products are designed according to waterbased formulae and are therefore naturally environmentally friendly. They are low in harmful trace components such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and formaldehyde present in most solvent based interior coatings that lead to the so called Sick Building Syndrome. Read more on EcoLife

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    Minimise energy consumption

    Sustainable buildings and in particular energy efficiency in buildings has become a key benchmark of a successful building design.Terraco's guaranteed Exterior Insulation Finishing System (EIFS):

    • Insulates buildings in such a way that it can reduce heating and cooling related energy consumption by up to 50%.
    • Gives tremendous ecological benefits, improved comfort and substantial cost savings.
    • Can be installed on both new builds and refurbishments.
    • Read more on Terraco EIFS
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    Raw materials – Less is more!

    • Terraco proactively works to source local environmentally friendly raw materials of high quality.
    • Terraco's products are designed to be efficient - saving labour, freight (and the associated carbon footprint) and packaging – thereby using less of nature's precious resources.
    • Just in time production techniques ensures no products go to waste.
    • Terraco continuously works to maximise the efficient use of non-renewable resources.
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    Water – a precious commodity!

    Terraco's operates in many countries where water is a scarce resource.

    • Terraco has a strict no water wastage policy and ensures all water is put to good use.
    • Wherever feasible we recycle clean waste water from the production process!
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    Terraco - Durability and Quality

    We are proud to be recognised as a manufacturer of quality finishing materials in all the markets where we operate – a reputation we have earnt and been able to maintain since our founding. Terraco's products long useful-life protects buildings for the long term and saves resources.

EcoLife

A truly ecological product range!

Using the latest, advanced green technology, the Terraco EcoLife range has been developed to ensure we can offer products free from Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde and other potentially harmful emissions to our environmentally aware customers. These water based, solvent free, products contain specially developed polymers and additives that ensure their inertness and ecologically friendly nature. The EcoLife range of products surpasses the most stringent international and national regulations pertaining to interior decoration products.

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Building Green

The International Energy Agency estimates that today's buildings are responsible for more that 40% of the world's total energy consumption and for 24% of global carbon dioxide emissions – exceeding those of the whole transportation sector.

Green buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact of the built environment, on human health and the natural environment. The Environmental Protection Agency advises this to be done through:

Efficiently using energy, water, and other resources
Protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity
Reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation
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    In addition to improving our world for future generations and improving the quality of life for people who live or work within a green building there are also a range of economical benefits. Perceived costs of green buildings are generally overestimated whilst the environmental impact of buildings is often underestimated.

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    Studies have shown that most green buildings cost a premium of less than 2% but are found to yield 10 times as much in savings over the entire life of the building - usually through more efficient use of utilities and energy related cost savings. (1) There is also evidence showing that environmentally certified buildings usually achieve significantly higher rents, sale prices and occupancy rates as well as lower capitalization rates. (2) New technologies are constantly being developed to complement current practices in creating more environmentally friendly buildings. Terraco is a firm believer in gre