Material Collection

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic and porcelain tiles are composed of natural materials like clay, feldspar, and quartz and are generally a healthy choice. They can, however, contain toxic additives in their pigments, frits, and glazes. Historically, one major health concern has been the use of heavy metals such as lead in glazes.

Ceramic Tile

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The goal of our collections is to help promote transparency in the material ingredients of building products by fostering knowledge and awareness of products and materials for which life-cycle information is available, and that have environmentally, economically, and socially preferable life-cycle impacts.

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A Healthier Affordable Building Product

Products with the designation of "Healthier & Affordable" were specified and installed in at least one of our Case Studies of healthier affordable housing.

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New Product

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Ingredient Disclosures

There are several ways of evaluating a material’s health that we include with product information. Disclosures are reports by manufacturers about product ingredients, impacts, or other attributes.

Key Disclosures include:
Health Product Declaration (HPD)

A voluntary technical specification for reporting information on product contents and associated health information, intended to be the health-analogue to Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).

Declare Label

Declare is a transparency platform and product database that answers three questions: 
  1. Where does a product come from?
  2. What is it made of?
  3. Where does it go at the end of its life?

Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)

A standardized format for communicating the environmental effects associated with a product’s raw materials extraction, energy use, chemical makeup, waste generation, and emissions to air, soil, and water.

Safety Data Sheet (SDS)

A reporting format that provides basic information about a material’s chemical ingredients, the potential safety hazards to installers, and recommended practices for installation.

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Glazed Thin Brick

Available At the Donghia Materials Library

The raw brick that makes up Fireclay's Glazed Thin Brick is sourced through a supplier who has been in business for over 100 years and continues to source and manufacture all brick in California, within 150 miles from the Fireclay Tile factory. The brick qualifies for LEED points and is glazed by hand on site at the Fireclay Tile factory in Aromas, CA. The bricks provide a durable, long-lasting, and easy to clean surface suitable for a range of projects.


Category
Tile, Ceramic
Manufacturer
Fireclay Tile
Product Website

Material composition *

Clay 95-100%, Frits (Unleaded) 2-5%, Manganese Dioxide 0-3%, Chromite 0-3%, Barium Carbonate 0-3%

*As reported by manufacturer and product HPD

AVAILABLE SIZING

2.5"x8"

COLORS

28 colors available

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD) icon-pdf Created with Sketch.
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
Other
Last Updated

March 25, 2019

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Recycled Ceramic Tile

Available At the Donghia Materials Library

Fireclay's Recycled Clay Body is made from 50% recycled content, including post-consumer recycled porcelain/glass and pre-consumer recycled granite dust. The tiles are handcrafted in Aromas, California and are 100% VOC free. All of the glazes are also lead-free.


Category
Tile, Ceramic
Manufacturer
Fireclay Tile
Product Website

Material composition *

Silica 45-55%, Aluminum Oxide 15-25%, Frits (Unleaded) 5-15%

*As reported by manufacturer and product HPD

AVAILABLE SIZING

2"x4" up to 12"x12" tiles

COLORS

Over 130 colors available

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD) icon-pdf Created with Sketch.
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
Other
Last Updated

March 25, 2019

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Esta Villa

A Healthier Affordable Building Product
Available At the Donghia Materials Library

Esta Villa is a line of porcelain tiles that are designed to look like Rapolano Italian stone. The tiles come in three natural stone color options, all of which have wide graphic variation for a realistic look. This product is made in the U.S., and contains both post-consumer and pre-consumer recycled material.


Category
Tile, Ceramic
Manufacturer
Daltile
Product Website

Material composition *

Crystalline Silica as Quartz 0-30%, Clays 20-55%, Nepheline Syenite 0-50%, Tale 0-40%, Feldspar 0-15%, Biotite 0-5%

*As reported by manufacturer and product SDS

AVAILABLE SIZING

18”x 18”, 12”x 24”, 12”x 12” Tiles

COLORS

Available in 3 standard colors

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD)
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Safety Data Sheet (SDS) icon-pdf Created with Sketch.
Other
Last Updated

September 23, 2016

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Materia Project

A Healthier Affordable Building Product

Nemo Tile and Stone's Materia Project line is a collection of porcelain and glass tiles, intended for floor and wall use.


Category
Tile, Ceramic
Manufacturer
Nemo Tile and Stone
Product Website

Material composition *

Feldspathic Materials 40-60%, Clays 30-50%, Silica 0-10%, Pre-Consumer Recycled Content 40%

*As reported by manufacturer

AVAILABLE SIZING

16”x 32” up to 8”x 48” Tiles

COLORS

Available in 4 standard colors and 6 different styles

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD)
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
Other
Last Updated

September 26, 2016

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Twill Collection

A Healthier Affordable Building Product

Nemo Tile and Stone's Twill Collection is a series of porcelain tiles inspired by textile patterns. These tiles are suitable for floor and wall use.


Category
Tile, Ceramic
Manufacturer
Nemo Tile and Stone
Product Website

Material composition *

Feldspathic Materials 40-60%, Clays 30-50%, Silica 0-10%, Pre-Consumer Recycled Content 40%

*As reported by manufacturer and product SDS

AVAILABLE SIZING

12”x 12” and 24”x 24” Tiles

COLORS

Available in 5 standard colors and 4 different styles

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD)
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Safety Data Sheet (SDS) icon-pdf Created with Sketch.
Other
Last Updated

September 23, 2016

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Linen Collection

A Healthier Affordable Building Product

Virginia Tile’s Linen Collection (formerly sold by RBC Tile & Stone as the Back Bay Tweed Collection) is a color-body porcelain tile that is suitable for all residential applications as well as medium commercial and light institutional applications. The tiles’ surface texture lends a softness, creating a fabric-like finish.


Category
Tile, Ceramic
Manufacturer
Virginia Tile Company
Product Website

Material composition *

Silicon and Aluminon Oxide, Magnesium Oxide, Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Oxide, Iron Oxide, Potassium Oxide, Sodium Oxide

*As reported by manufacturer and product SDS

AVAILABLE SIZING

2”x 2” up to 24”x 24” Tiles

COLORS

Available in Graphite, Taupe, and White

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD)
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Safety Data Sheet (SDS) icon-pdf Created with Sketch.
Other
Last Updated

September 23, 2016

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Match Point

Daltile’s Match Point Collection are colorbody porcelain tiles, suitable for indoor and outdoor use on floors, walls, and countertops in the quintessential black and white tile look.


Category
Tile, Ceramic
Manufacturer
Daltile
Product Website

Material composition *

Crystalline Silica as Quartz 0-30%, Clays 20-55%, Nepheline Syenite 0-50%, Tale 0-40%, Feldspar 0-15%, Biotite 0-5%

*As reported by manufacturer and product HPD

AVAILABLE SIZING

12x24, 24x24

COLORS

Pure White, Twilight Black, Jet Black, Ivory White

Green Leaf Brick

Available At the Donghia Materials Library

Green Leaf Brick is a strong, sustainable, healthy building product. It is a fired masonry brick made of 100% recycled content with up to 31% post-consumer waste-streams. Green Leaf Brick is Red List Free. It comes in a range of colors and sizes, and clients have the option to customize the brick size, color, and texture.


Category
Masonry, Brick
Manufacturer
Green Leaf Brick
Product Website

Material composition *

Aluminum Silicates 75-85%, Iron Compounds 0-5%, Calcium Compounds 0-12%, Quarz VARIES, Barium Compounds 0-3%, Iron Chromite 0-3%, Manganese Compounds 0-3%, Magnesium Compounds 0-3%, Bottom Ash 0-18%

*As reported by manufacturer and product SDS

AVAILABLE SIZING

Available in a range of sizes

COLORS

Available in a range of colors

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD)
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Safety Data Sheet (SDS) icon-pdf Created with Sketch.
Other icon-pdf Created with Sketch.
Last Updated

July 22, 2019

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Spec Guidance

Be attentive to tile made outside of the United States. Imported tiles may not be subject to the same lead content regulations.

Prefer products with full ingredient disclosures, including frits, glazes, and pigments.

Prefer tiles with an abrasion rating of 4 or higher to minimize the potential release of toxins from the coating or glaze.

Avoid antimicrobial coatings as they can contain harmful biocides. They are not shown to improve population health. (HBN)

Avoid tiles with non-specific post-consumer recycled content. Some manufacturers recycle old cathode ray tubes (CRTs) from TVs and computers, which contain high levels of lead, into their tiles. The EPA currently allows the production of recycled CRT tiles in the US, saying: “when glazes are properly formulated and fired at a high temperature, the lead is sealed or ‘vitrified’ and its potential to leach from the glaze is limited.” (EPA)

Updated March 13, 2018
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