Our Commitment to Sustainability

  • Overall 99.5% of ALL materials supplied by Sotech are fully recyclable.
  • We ensure compliance with current legislation in relation to our products, processes and activities.
  • We promote energy, waste and pollution prevention efforts, such as recycling arrangements wherever practicable.
  • We review our Environmental Policy regularly and set clear objectives to keep the business focused on improvements.
  • All employees undergo environmental training during induction, we also raise environmental awareness through training programmes and updates.
  • We work closely with our customers to ensure transport and logistics are utilised.

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Sustainable Benefits

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We use the best state of the art software and hardware to minimise pointless waste of raw material.

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We use fully recyclable materials and packaging can be collected from site and reused or recycled.

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We also fully recycle waste oil and all of our general waste is officially 0% landfill and is used for energy production.

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We invested in renewable / low energy lighting systems, saving up to 80% of the electricity used.

Sotech’s commitment to sustainability

 

Everyone in the Sotech team is committed to sustainability and that means taking care of the environment, developing sustainable practises and ensuring they are executed across the entirety of our day to day operations.

Wherever possible, we seek to minimise waste, promote recycling, reduce energy consumption and emissions, and work with suppliers and contractors who have sound, effective environmental policies.

We work to improve our environmental performance regularly, by setting annual objectives and targets which are published to all Sotech staff, and monitored and reviewed on a regular basis. To achieve these objectives and improve performance, we have implemented and accredited an environmental management system to meet the requirements of ISO 14001:2004.

Our range of materials and finishes also includes options that have a range of sustainable benefits:

  • Our Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) is 100% recyclable
  • Aluminium and copper are both 99% recyclable – but only use 15% of the energy it originally took to manufacture them to go through the recycling process
  • Our Corten material is also fully recyclable

View our full CD5 Environmental Policy Statement here.

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Primary Care Centre | Optima IPC in Aluminium Rainscreen Cladding

Winner of the BREEAM excellence award

Houghton Primary Care
Architect: P&HS Architects
Main Contractor: Willmott Dixon
Installer: Indbuild
System: Optima IPC

System Options

Sotech Optima IPC, Interlocking Pressed Plank Rainscreen

Sotech Optima IPC, Interlocking Pressed Plank Rainscreen

Interlocking wall plank is a simple, interlocking metal cladding panel that with an appropriate secondary support system may be used as part of a rainscreen system.

The planks are connected by a simple interlocking male/female joint, which offers either a recessed or hairline appearance.  The Optima IPC, Interlocking Pressed Plank is secretly fixed onto extruded aluminium support framework horizontally, vertically or diagonally in a variety of materials.

As the longitudinal joint is not ventilated this product can be used as a weathered screen introducing ventilation at the base of a wall and at the top or some ventilation can be introduced at the cross plank joints by leaving a gap with the support structure behind creating a baffle.

Sotech Optima IPC, Interlocking Pressed Plank Rainscreen

Interlocking wall plank is a simple, interlocking metal cladding panel that with an appropriate secondary support system may be used as part of a rainscreen system.


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Independently tested and certified by CWCT.

The Optima LZ Rainscreen is a variation of the standard FC Secret Fix system using a different versatile carrier, affording the opportunity to reduce the cladding zone. The system is suitable for exterior use as rainscreen cladding or interior use as a wall covering.  Its versatility is such that a multitude of materials and thicknesses (from 1.5mm to 4mm) used on one universal carrier.

The substructure carrier rail complete with locating hooks is fully pre-fabricated prior to going to site. Along with the hands free fixing brackets the system offers a very quick and accurate installation.

When the requirement is to have rainscreen fitted to SIPS or insulated panels the Eco Carrier rail can be introduced and would require the standard FC panel.

Sotech Optima Low Zone Secret Fix Rainscreen Cladding System

The Optima LZ Rainscreen is a variation on the standard FC Secret Fix System using a different versatile carrier affording the opportunity to reduce the cladding zone.


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The Optima HC, Horizontal Cladding Rainscreen has been introduced to offer an alternative method to create a stable rainscreen system for landscape applications.

The cost effective rainscreen solution requires discreet colour match wafer head fixings in the horizontal panel recesses.

Superior manufacturing techniques ensure accuracy of panel’s size and form leaving even recesses and cruciform of pristine appearance.

Sotech Optima HC, Horizontal Cladding Rainscreen

The Sotech Optima HC, Horizontal Cladding Rainscreen has been introduced to offer an alternative method to create a stable rainscreen system for landscape applications.


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Sotech Optima XPC Extruded Plank

A complete secretly fixed extruded aluminium plank rainscreen systems has set flat face modules of 150mm, 200mm, 225mm, and 250mm as well as a 150mm module castellated extruded aluminium plank rainscreen.

As the longitudinal joint is not ventilated this product can be used as a weathered screen introducing ventilation at the base of a wall and at the top or some ventilation can be introduced at the cross plank joints by leaving a gap with the support structure behind creating a baffle.

Sotech Optima XPC Extruded Plank

A complete secretly fixed extruded aluminium plank rainscreen systems has set flat face modules of 150mm, 200mm, 225mm, and 250mm as well as a 150mm module castellated extruded aluminium plank rainscreen.

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Sotech Optima FC, Secret Fix Rainscreen

The Optima FC Rainscreen is a versatile carrier and panel secret fixed system suitable for exterior use as rainscreen cladding or interior use as a wall covering.  Its versatility is such that a multitude of materials and thicknesses (from 0.7mm to 4mm)  used on one universal carrier.

Superior manufacturing techniques ensure accuracy of panel sizes and form.  Precise coordination between panel and substructure presents the system in pristine appearance without the use of visible fixings.

Sotech Optima FC, Secret Fix Rainscreen Cladding

The Optima FC Rainscreen is a versatile carrier and panel secret fixed system suitable for exterior use as rainscreen cladding or interior use as a wall covering.


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Sotech Optima TFC, Through Fix Cassette Rainscreen

The Optima TFC Rainscreen has been developed as an economical alternative to a complete secret fix rainscreen cladding.

The cost effective rainscreen solution requires discreet colour match wafer head fixings in the vertical panel recesses.

Superior manufacturing techniques ensure accuracy of panel’s size and form leaving even recesses and cruciform of pristine appearance.

Sotech Optima TFC, Through Fix Cassette Rainscreen

The Optima TFC Rainscreen has been developed as an economical alternative to a complete secret fix rainscreen cladding.


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The Optima Perforated Screen

The Optima Perforated Screen

The Optima Perforated Screen provides a solution for enclosing spaces such as car parks, plant rooms and feature cladding. This can be created from Optima TFC, FC or flat plate overclad Rainscreen.

The Optima Perforated Screen

The Optima Perforated Screen provides a solution for enclosing spaces such as car parks, plant rooms and feature cladding. This can be created from Optima TFC, FC or flat plate overclad Rainscreen.


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ClipOn Coping

Optima Clip On Copings

Optima Clip-on Copings is a bespoke, secret fix dry jointed coping system. The simply pressed copings are snapped onto the retaining bracket assembly leaving an expansion gap and secure with a stainless steel securing fixing to the back leg providing both attractive and weatherproof protection to parapet and perimeter walls.

Optima Clip-on Copings

Optima Clip-on Copings is a bespoke, secret fix dry jointed coping system.


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Sotech Optima Shingles

Shingles are one of the oldest forms of cladding, banana leaves, timber, stone, slate are all shingles.

Sheet metal shingles offer a cladding solution where different shapes including rectangular, rhomboid and diamond shape that can be utilised to create a weathered façade.

Part shingles available to create straight starting lines.

Sotech Optima Shingles

Shingles are one of the oldest forms of cladding, banana leaves, timber, stone, slate are all shingles.

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