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Kraft Heinz Pilots Recycled Roof Material Project

Thursday, March 11, 2021

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Global food and beverage company Kraft Heinz (Pittsburgh) recently announced a new pilot program that’s demonstrating a roofing material made from the company’s recycled flexible packaging.

Kraft Heinz is pursuing this program through its participation in Materials Recovery for the Future, a nonprofit research collaborative that aims to prove the technical and economic feasibility to correct, sort, bale and recycle flexible plastic packaging.

The Project

For the roofing project, the material was made from post-consumer flexible plastic into two Kraft Heinz manufacturing plants in Wisconsin and Michigan. The materials were comprised of 4-by-8-foot boards, with 94% of each board made of the plastic and fiber. The boards were reportedly installed late last year.

Kraft Heinz

Global food and beverage company Kraft Heinz (Pittsburgh) recently announced a new pilot program that’s demonstrating a roofing material made from the company’s recycled flexible packaging.

The project will be monitored for performance against standard building material.

“It was a privilege being part of MRFF, which not only helped identify ways to curbside collect and recycle flexible packaging, but also identified end markets that we could leverage within our facilities, said Erik Groner, Senior Principal Packaging Engineer for Kraft Heinz.

“Our test project highlights the company’s commitment to sustainable packaging and the priority it places on its Environmental, Social and Governance commitments. Kraft Heinz continues to search for ways to make our packaging recyclable and to incorporate recycled content within our supply chain.”

Roofing Material Innovation

Innovations for roofing materials have been on the ride in recent years, from cool coatings to solar panels to green roofing.

Late last year, for example, Mississippi Power and Southern Power announced a partnership last month to build a whole “smart neighborhood.” Dubbed “Enzor Place,” the homes in the plan will exclusively feature the Tesla Solar Roof as well as Powerwall batteries, energy efficient equipment and appliances, and smart home automation.

Earlier that year, Mississippi Power, Tesla and Cross Roofing worked together to install the first Solar Roof V3 in the state on a Habitat for Humanity home. This unit is being observed for research by Mississippi Power.

The plan is slated to eventually have up to 150 homes, with 45 planned for the first phase of construction, which is slated to start at the beginning of next year.

In May of last year, meanwhile, the University of Redlands, in Redlands, California, installed what the local community believes to be the first known green roof on a residence in the area. According to Redlands Community News, the roof measures 700 square feet and weighs in at approximately 30 tons. In order to hold up the roof, the university reportedly used a commercial membrane complete with three 6-by-14-feet lam beans and 2-by-12-foot rafters and a drip system.

Within the green roof is a mixture of garden dirt, roughly 4.5 inches thick and is planted with 20 different species of plants.

In addition to the green roof, the building also features water efficient landscaping, recycled carpeting, native plants and an integration of indoor-outdoor environments through placement of a courtyard.

Wider Green Roof Push

Starting most notably in 2019 with New York City’s Climate Mobilization Act, green roofs related to radical energy efficient improvements across the nation have been making headway.

In April of 2019, New York City council approved a package of bills and resolutions—known as the Climate Mobilization Act—intended for radical energy efficient improvements. The act requires that all new residential and commercial buildings in the city have green roofs made up of either plants, solar panels or small wind turbines—or a combination of all three.

In October, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans to conduct deep energy retrofits throughout the city.

Also last year, Nebraska updated the state’s energy codes for residential and commercial buildings for the first significant time in a decade, taking cues from both Boston and Ontario, which updated their regulations to get new construction as close to net zero as possible.


Tagged categories: Building Envelope; NA; North America; Recycled building materials; Research and development; Roofing materials

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