DNA urbano: multi-purpose, sustainable, environment friendly material for environmentally oriented architecture.
Stone Italiana presents DNA Urbano, an innovative series of slabs made from street cleaning debris. This new product line is the result of a collaboration between Stone Italiana and CEM Ambiente Spa, a company involved in waste collection and treatment in 49 municipalities in Lombardy.
DNA Urbano fits perfectly with the green philosophy professed by Stone Italiana – a company that has always paid attention to environmental issues in the production process and is constantly looking for new environmental alternatives for the construction industry.
The main component of Urbano DNA surfaces (between 75% and 55.7%) consists of debris collected from the street, such as gravel, which is collected at street corners. Residues are properly treated and turned into a suitable material, thus becoming a raw material themselves, which allows energy savings, recycling and lower waste disposal costs.
In fact, according to an official estimate, around 4% of all waste products generated in Italy consist of street cleaning waste. If all this waste is recovered and used, the corresponding landfill costs will be eliminated.
The other components of Urbano DNA are sand, quartz powder and polyester resin, the latter being about 4% to a maximum of 6.6% of the total composition, in accordance with the requirements for Ecolabel certification.
Currently, DNA Urbano is produced mainly from the remains of the streets of Milan, whence its name. The city’s DNA code on the product line “contains the essence of the city’s history.” Here and there you can measure a microchip, a piece of colored glass, a short thin metal wire, a seed or an aluminum particle embedded in the surface of the weak.
The DNA code of the city itself.