How we protect the environment

Working hand in hand with specifiers, users and suppliers to create acoustic landscapes that take the impact on people and the environment into account: read on to find out more about what Texaa does.

Local manufacturing

Texaa has never moved its production from its original site and has always privileged local suppliers. This has been motivated in equal measure by our ambition to manufacture quality products and our keen sense of corporate social responsibility towards our local community.

Our Aeria fabric is knitted using a patented process. It covers sound-absorbing systems assembled in many different ways to meet architectural requirements. This involves using carefully selected materials that can sometimes be very costly. Our desire to be in full control of the quality of our products has led us to keep all production processes in our own workshop in France, while prioritising suppliers close by, who we know well and with whom we maintain long-term relationships.

 

 

 

Long-lasting, repairable products

Aeria is a knitted fabric that is highly flame-resistant, run-resistant and protected against soiling. The covers on practically all our products can be easily cleaned and replaced. The sound-absorbing materials that we use, offer lasting, unchanging acoustic performance and fire resistance over time.

 

 

 

Reducing environmental and health impacts

After in-depth studies into the safety of fire retardants and sound-absorbing foams used in our products, we completely redefined our legacy range of Vibrasto acoustic cladding. We discontinued the use of polyurethane, made the product lighter and changed the installation method, no longer based on adhesives, now using recycled battens with pre-applied fabric, thereby enabling all components to be separated out at the product’s end of life. We also changed the sound-absorbing materials in our panels and accessories, drastically reducing VOC emissions. After these changes, all our products gained A+ French health labelling.

 

 

 

Less non-recycled components

In 2022, the proportion of recycled products in all our Vibrasto acoustic cladding solutions will reach nearly 70% on average, ranging from 56% to 76%, depending on the systems. The finishing battens are entirely made from recycled materials. We already use 17% recycled steel to build our Stereo panels, which from 2022 will contain a fully recycled sound-absorbing material, bringing the recycled portion of a panel up to 45%. In our partitions the sound-absorbing material is 90% recycled.

 

 

 

Bio-sourced raw materials

Public access building codes impose safety requirements that affect positive energy and carbon reduction impact calculations, because the most fire-resistant materials and fireproofing treatments in general are far from being environmentally friendly. Some products can work in the short term, but others are less viable. For example, at the moment, we include a large proportion of wood in our partitions, which is an opportunity for us to learn how to work with this material and the industry that we are new to. R&D cycles take longer, but we will shortly be launching a new version of our Aeria fabric, made entirely from linen. We are very pleased with it!

 

 

 

Re-using our products

We have always carried out on-site renovation projects, for example by reconditioning panels and re-covering them with new Aeria covers. Today we want to go further. We are currently working with a major property investment company to develop a scheme to re-use our solutions in its buildings.

This will eventually enable us to remove the products installed on one site, when ownership changes or during renovation, and to reinstall them at another. This scheme is all about re-using products after reconditioning them and could become a very widely used model.

 

 

 

Acoustic performance

We have built a laboratory equipped with a reverberation chamber, so that we can measure the performance of our products and provide meaningful acoustic data. There are a thousand ways to measure things, so finding the right way involves talking to those, who use the data. Our one objective is to enable these people to model the acoustic landscape that is the right solution for their project and enhances the comfort of all the venue’s users.

 

 

 

Carbon footprint

We strive to reduce our footprint and greenhouse gas emissions as much as possible. As a supplier of architectural acoustic solutions, we are investing heavily in updating the Environmental and Health Product Declarations (FDES) of all our products (download the FDES files), in compliance with the French 2020 Environmental Regulation (RE2020).

Our carbon footprint is assessed from complete product life cycle analyses. These include extraction and transport of raw materials, manufacturing the product, transporting the finished product, installation, installed life and end of life.

 

 

 

Comparable data, applicable data

We apply the most recent building codes in measuring the footprint per square metre of product in the Declarations, thereby enabling positive energy and carbon reduction impacts to be calculated.

To go further and compare between solutions that are applicable to a specific architectural context, we also provide data relative to their performance per absorption unit, rather than per square metre of space to be treated acoustically. This varies with different solutions in our range (see the example below).

 

 

 

Performance data

See below an example impact calculation to treat a 100-sq. m room by providing it with an  Equivalent Absorption Area (EAA) of 40% of the floor area, i.e. 40 sq. m. The higher a solution’s efficiency, the lower the quantity that needs to be provided. Therefore, the overall impact of the treatment depends on the solution chosen, one being even twice as high as another. This is however less than the variation in impact across solutions, when measured by square metre of product, one being four times higher than another.

 

How can we help? F.A.Q.

How can I get a quote?

By contacting the Texaa business representative of your region by telephone or e-mail and leaving your contact details and what you need. We will send you a quote promptly.

How can I order Texaa products?

Our products are manufactured in our workshop and made available to order. Just contact the Texaa business representative of your region. If you already have a quote, you can also contact the person handling your order: the name is at the top left of your quote.

How do I get my products installed?

Joiners and upholsterers are the best skilled to install our products easily. We work regularly with some professionals, who we can recommend. If you have a tradesperson, who you trust, we can support him/her. You can find our installation instructions and tips here.

Got a technical question?

All our technical data sheets are here. Your regional Texaa business representative can also help; please feel free to contact him/her.

Can I have an appointment?

Our business representatives travel every day to installation sites and to see our customers. Please feel free to contact them and suggest the best dates and times for you, preferably by e-mail.

Lead times

Our products are manufactured to order. Our standard manufacturing time is 3 weeks for most of our products. Non-standard products take from 5 weeks. We also perform miracles on a regular basis! Please feel free to contact us.

Deliveries

For the UK all orders worth £2,174 and more are delivered for free throughout UK. For the US please contact us.
We can also send our products anywhere else.

Who should I call?

To get a quote, a delivery time or technical information, we recommend you call your regional Texaa business representative, who you can find here.

Order tracking

If you need information about your order, please contact the person in charge of handling it: the name is at the top left of your quote.