Sustainability is an ongoing pursuit at Solus Decor. It begins with our concrete, a mixture of abundant materials with recycled ingredients such as fly ash and silica fume.
In our production practices, we strive for a small footprint, recycling and reusing where possible, using certified lumber and recycled form materials, and drawing the bulk of our energy from human power.
We believe sustainability and longevity go hand-in-hand. This guides our mission to create enduring designs that will bring a lifetime of enjoyment and function.
For more information on how Solus concrete can contribute to a healthy home, please read more on Sustainability – What We Do, below.
As makers of luxury products, we believe it is essential to use all of the means at our disposal to do business in a way that is responsible to our community and the world we live in. This begins with the way we run our company and ends with the products that become part of your home.
Solus products are unique in that they are crafted almost entirely by hand. Throughout the process, we make a concerted effort to limit the energy intensity and waste.
Our manufacturing is largely human powered. Concrete is cured at ambient temperatures – no superheating
Where possible we use recycled, reusable and refillable office products
Our Concrete and Our Products:
There is no such thing as a “sustainable” material. Rather, we can use materials in ways that provide for the best opportunity for sustainable use. We design our concrete and our products with this goal in mind.
Our mix designs incorporate the post-industrial waste products of fly ash and silica fume. Not only does this keep waste out of the land fill, but improves the performance qualities of the concrete.
Indoor Air Quality:
When cured, our concrete off-gases nothing more than trace amounts of water.
Floor tiles will enhance radiant heat performance; fireplace mantels hold and radiate heat.
We utilize largely locally sourced and manufactured materials.
When initial and recurring embodied energy are considered together, (i.e. the overall energy to produce and maintain our products) our concrete performs better than most other materials in comparable use (ref. Canadian Architect – “Measures of Sustainability”)
We create products that take full advantage of concrete’s natural characteristics of durability, colour fastness, mass, and heat retention We aim for timeless, trend-defying designs that will stand the test of home-resale
We hire local people and support them within our company and in their lives. We believe that the only way to provide a high quality product is to foster pride, job satisfaction and an attitude of social responsibility.