Coem certifications

Coem aims to take responsibility for its choices and how they affect the well-being of people and the environment, from the materials selected to the partners it works with, to the institutions is uses to certify its products. By constantly innovating its technology and implementing dedicated and certified management procedures, Coem achieves a balance between sustainability and the technical and aesthetic quality of its ceramic surfaces. The company regards value as a fundamental aspect of its business approach, which involves continuously optimising company processes to obtain high-quality and safe products that consistently meet customer needs while respecting the environment and the health and safety of its employees.
For its products, Coem practices responsible sourcing by choosing local suppliers, using recycled materials and implementing resource efficiency measures. Since 1998, Coem has been operating in a “closed loop” production environment with total recycling of unfired and fired waste and recovery of wastewater from the production process.
The Coem ceramic surfaces contain a high percentage of recycled materials, ranging from 20% to 40%.
It generates thermal energy by utilising methane gas, which is one of the most eco-friendly fossil fuels, and it purchases electricity generated from renewable sources to support its operations. Coem recovers waste heat in both of its facilities, whereby heat generated from the kilns is channelled to lower-temperature thermal processes or used to warm up the production areas.
It carries out regular maintenance and upgrades to its plants in order to reduce energy consumption during production, and in turn, lowering the amount of CO2 emissions and environmental impact.

COEM PROCESS CERTIFICATIONS

ISO 9001

The ISO 9001 certification is a voluntary standard that enables a company to monitor the quality of all its production processes, from the design and development of products to their manufacturing, with the aim of ensuring the quality of the products and services it offers. The company strives for continuous improvement and increased customer satisfaction.

COEM S.p.A.’s production processes are centred on product quality and customer health and safety. Products must meet high-quality standards and comply with various regulations. To achieve these goals, Coem employs technical experts to carry out stringent quality controls on its production processes, beginning with the procurement of raw materials and continuing through every stage of manufacturing of the finished product.

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ISO 14001- EMAS

ISO 14001 is a voluntary standard that enables a company to monitor the environmental aspects applicable to its processes, from the design and development of products and continuing through every stage of the manufacturing process, ensuring regulatory compliance and environmental protection.

One of the most important selection criteria for environmental processes is the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) certification. It is a voluntary tool developed by the European Community with the primary goal of promoting sustainable economic development by emphasising the roles and responsibilities of companies, not only in monitoring the impacts of their activities, but in setting concrete improvement goals, which are published annually in the environmental declaration.

Coem has held the ISO 14001 and EMAS certifications for many years, and has always been committed to environmental and energy-saving issues. Since 1999, the company has been using a sustainable “closed loop” production process, whereby all raw materials and water used in production are recycled, and energy is recovered to minimise consumption and decrease CO2 emissions.

Coem utilises a “Cradle to Grave” methodology to monitor the environmental effects of its products throughout their entire life cycle, from the extraction of raw materials to their disposal, passing through all stages of manufacturing, distribution and use.

This methodology enables the company to assess its environmental performance and identify critical phases of the production process, allowing for prompt action to reduce the environmental impact and improve the sustainability of the product.

ISO 45001

The ISO 45001 certification is a voluntary standard that enables a company to monitor and control the health and safety aspects of workers throughout all of its processes, ensuring compliance with the standard.

Coem has obtained UNI ISO 45001:2018 certification for all of its factories, as it considers the systematic management of occupational health and safety for all individuals on the company’s premises to be of the utmost importance.

The socially responsible strategy begins with the protection and development of people, placing them at the forefront of decision-making. Coem’s goal is to ensure workplaces that uphold and promote human and labour rights, while also creating initiatives to identify the needs of workers and communities in the areas where it operates.

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COEM PRODUCT CERTIFICATIONS

ISO 17889-1 Sustainability for ceramic tiles

“Ceramic tiling systems –Sustainability for ceramic tiles and installation materials-Part 1: Specifications and vocabulary for ceramic tiles”.

This standard consists of 38 requirements and defines a system for evaluating the sustainability of ceramic tiles throughout their life cycle by using qualitative and quantitative indicators to measure the environmental, economic and social impact of the product design, production, installation and use. All Coem products meet the ISO 17889-1 standard on the sustainability of ceramic tiles and have been verified by the external certification body, Certiquality.

Download the certificate of conformity for the Roteglia (RE) factory Download the certificate of conformity for the Fiorano Modenese (MO) factory
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LEED

LEED® is a voluntary certification programme that can be applied to any building (commercial or residential) and covers the entire life cycle of the building, from design to construction.

LEED® promotes a sustainability-oriented approach by recognising the performance of buildings in key areas such as energy and water savings, reduction of CO2 emissions, improvement of ecological quality of interiors, materials and resources used, design and site selection.

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the system is based on awarding ‘credits’ for each requirement. The sum of the credits determines the four certification levels: basic, gold, silver, and platinum.

LEED® certification is rapidly becoming the new global standard for eco-friendly buildings (it is now applied in 40 different countries).

Coem is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a US organisation that implements and governs the construction of sustainable buildings through LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.

Due to their technical and structural characteristics, Coem’s products can contribute to a building’s LEED® score. As a result, they have been certified by the external body, CERTIQUALITY.

For example, the Coem products can meet LEED® requirements due to their high content of recycled materials and have obtained the industry’s Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), which provides environmental data on the life cycle of products in compliance with the international ISO 14025 standard, according to the LEED® requirements.

The light refraction index of the porcelain stoneware substrate ensures maximum thermal insulation and excellent energy performance.

The Coem products have a high Solar Reflectance Index (SRI), which varies based on the type of colour and use, and can help reduce the heat island effect (i.e. differences in temperature between urban and suburban areas), and consequently reduces the effects on the microclimate and human and wildlife habitats.

The Coem products are hygienic and easy to clean, contributing to the improvement of the quality and safety of indoor environments. Furthermore, their eco-sustainable features do not compromise their aesthetic value, as porcelain stoneware is always at the forefront of design and technological innovation.

CE

The CE mark ensures that the product meets the required safety standards.

The new Regulation No. 305/2001 on Construction Products, which came into effect on 1 July 2013, introduced the Declaration of Performance (DOP).

All Coem tiles comply with the CE requirements.

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QB-UPEC

The QB UPEC seal is a French quality certificate obtained by some Coem collections based on tests required by European Standard EN14411 and CSTB Technical Cahiers.

Each item is assigned a classification based on its suitability for installation in the various target environments.

The updated list of certified Coem products is available at https://evaluation.cstb.fr


EPD INDUSTRY CERTIFICATION

EPD

The Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is a voluntary document that communicates relevant information about the environmental impact of a product throughout its entire life cycle. It is based on the LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) methodology, which is an objective system for measuring and quantifying the energy and environmental loads, as well as potential impacts associated with a product over its entire life cycle, from raw material acquisition to end of life (“from Cradle to Grave”).

In 2015, thanks to the initiative of Confindustria Ceramica, the industry-related EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) was launched, representing the products of Italian member companies. It was later updated, in 2023.

The EPD for the ceramic industry communicates transparent and comparable data about the environmental impact of Italian ceramic products during their entire life cycle, in accordance with the ISO14025 standard. It is an independently verified and registered environmental document, covering the products of all member companies.

Coem has contributed to the creation of the document by providing its own data.

The Product Environmental Declaration is an internationally recognised tool that is becoming increasingly popular for construction products in the so-called ‘green building’ sector.

Download the industry-related EPD

(this document is an average EPD developed by Confindustria Ceramica, representing all its member companies)


Our collections

Coem’s collections embody the combination of beauty, design and nature, in a perfect equilibrium achieved through what has always been a deliberate and thought-out approach. Our constant commitment, supported by continuous technological research, has enabled us to improve and to develop a “sustainable” porcelain stoneware, made with natural materials and with the partial use of recycled materials. Coem stoneware is a unique material, characterised by sophisticated design and a high technological content. We are inspired by nature, by the materiality of its textures, by the endless variety of its colours, developing surfaces for the world of architecture and public and private construction that reflect the beauty of nature. We aim to protect the environment in which we live with passion and intelligence, and with the “know-how” particular to our 100% Italian ceramic tradition.
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