MYRTHA - influence on the environment
Building a <<green>> swimming pool (with sparkling blue water)
Comparison between Myrtha Technology and a traditional concrete structure
Governments around the World now recommend that measuring and reducing CO2 emissions are the first steps we should take to lower our impact on climate change. Myrtha Pools therefore commissioned ACOR Consultants (www.acor.com.au), a renowned Australian engineering company, to compare the energy used in the building a Myrtha pool versus a traditional concrete tank. Such quantify of energy is expressed as the “Carbon footprint”, that is the quantify of CO2 which corresponds to the energy necessary for the production of the materials used. The measure of CO2 emissions is obtained by transforming the MJ of energy expended in the production of the various materials; to the equivalent tons of CO2 that would be emitted by the combustion of the quantity of oil necessary to obtain the same energy. Such a system makes the comparison comparable also between materials that use different production technologies.
The calculation system was developed from studies carried out by the ISSF (International Stainless Steel Forum), CSIRO (Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organization) and the Centre for Building Performance Research at Wellington Victoria University (NZ). The tables allow calculations to evaluate the various building techniques (concrete, Myrtha technology, other prefabricated pools), and with expert analysis, you are able to create a detailed and scientific comparison to measure the environmental impact of the project.
From the attached example it is clear that Myrtha technology has a “carbon footprint” significantly lower than a traditional pool made with concrete and tiles. The saving on the emissions obviously depends on the individual projects dimensions and shapes, but if we take the classic examples of competition pools (50x25x2m and 25x25x2m, quoted in the tables), an approximate saving of 50% is quantified.
Myrtha Pools utilize a technology which is based on stainless steel with permanently bonded PVC laminate; a finish that make it unique in the world: a mix of tradition & advanced technology.
This “intelligent” and well engineered use of quality materials allows a reduction in the volume of the materials themselves, guaranteeing the above quoted savings.
Simple multiplication of these coefficients by volume determines the result and allows comparison.
Transport is also a consideration and the advantage of a prefabricated solution is clear when considering for example that an Olympic pool (50x25x2m) with Myrtha structure needs only two 40' containers. The saving is evident if compared with a concrete solution that requires a large number of truck deliveries with their related CO2 emissions. This is still true when the project is very far from the Myrtha manufacturing plant and therefore transported by sea: the emissions for the maritime transport account only for 0.2 MJ/ton/km while the transport of concrete by truck has emissions for as much as 2.5 MJ/ton/km.
The analysis presented above incorporates the phases of manufacture and transport of the materials required for the construction of a swimming pool tank. In addition to the saving guaranteed by using Myrtha materials for the construction, Myrtha technology has proven savings over concrete during the construction and life cycle of the product. Namely:
Myrtha Technology is Green!
This comparison confirms Myrtha Technology as simply the best choice when building a swimming pool.
Myrtha Technology has been chosen for projects where environmental sustainability was a significant requirement (like the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games).