As sustainable technologies are a key virtue of our business, we have put great consideration into developing a product which is not only commercially desirable, but also has environmental virtues at its core. Such considerations include:
Recycled / Recyclable Content
Each Carapace Slate uses almost 1kg of slate granules, discarded from 600 years of quarrying.
Our unique production process requires only a fraction of the energy necessary to form slate composite, clay and concrete/cement roof tiles. Concrete is the largest producer of CO2, contributing 5% of all carbon emissions each year; clay tiles are baked in temperatures in excess of 1500°c and the extraction of each slate roof, particular of imported slate can result in up to 100 tonnes of waste.
The Carapace range of products is to be manufactured within the Oakeley quarry, Snowdonia, formally the largest underground slate mine in the world. All raw materials are quarried and processed onsite, dramatically reducing our carbon footprint. As the Carapace Slate is amoungst the lightest commercially available pitched roof coverings, post-production delivery will also benefit from a reduction in fuel costs, and therefore carbon output.
Home-grown power production
The Sheldrake Slate has been designed to complement the Carapace roofing system by providing a method to capture solar radiation to provide a useful supply of hot water to any conventional heating system. Its most unique attribute is that the system harvests solar energy while being completely invisible to an outside observer, arguably the primary obstacle to the general acceptance of home grown energies...for more details, please check out this video -