Worldwide First As Altro Whiterock Secures BRE Global Environmental ‘A’ Rating

Monday 20 September 2010

Altro Whiterock has become the first internal wall finish in the world to receive a BRE (Building Research Establishment) Global environmental rating.

Altro, the flooring and walling specialist has been awarded an A rating from BRE Global for Altro Whiterock White and Altro Whiterock Satin in conjunction with a timber stud, plasterboard internal wall specification.

Rated using BRE Global’s Environmental Profiles scheme this latest accolade is a major achievement in the company’s sustainability drive. Environmental profiles provide ongoing independent assessment and certification of building products and are used in conjunction with BREEAM (Building Research and Environmental Assessment Method), which is regarded by the UK’s construction industry as the measure of best practice in environmental design and management.

Richard Kahn, Altro Chief Executive, comments: “Altro Whiterock is the very first hygienic wall cladding to secure the A rating reflecting Altro’s strong sustainability credentials and strengthening our position as a world leading manufacturer. To receive this accreditation for our wall cladding is testament to how seriously we take environmental issues. It means that architects, specifiers and contractors can be assured that using our products will help meet increasingly stringent sustainability targets. And of course all Altro Whiterock products are recyclable through our recently launched Recowall scheme – the UK’s first ever PVC wall cladding recycling take-back scheme, which offers a collection service for off-cut wall cladding waste.”

Tracy Perry, Altro’s Environmental and Sustainability Advisor comments: “It’s fantastic news that Altro Whiterock has been awarded BRE Global environmental A rating. It has been assessed across every stage of its product life cycle, from the manufacturing process, the materials used, associated waste, environmental attributes and more. Achieving this standard of rating is further evidence of Altro’s commitment to product development and sustainability.”

Altro Whiterock is a semi-rigid hygienic PVC wall cladding with an easy to clean surface that is low maintenance and offers resistance to stains, chemical spillages and impact. With no grout or cracks, the seamless finish of Altro Whiterock gives fewer areas for bacteria and moisture to breed so is ideal for situations such as hospitals, kitchens and leisure centres. Extruded from a high quality, food safe PVCu polymer, it meets all current EU Directives on health and hygiene. 

The new BRE rating further strengthens Altro’s environmental initiatives and the work it does to improve the sustainability of its products. Its dedicated sustainability website,, summarises its business operations as well as facts about materials used in the manufacturing process.