The word "sustainability" is often quoted and sometimes used "inflationary" in very many areas of our lives and economies. But long before sustainability became a trendy term, our company founder Adolf Wilhelm Keim was committed to this: At the request of Ludwig I of Bavaria, the craftsman and researcher was concerned with the question of how to produce a paint that looks like lime, but at the same time is as indestructible as stone and durable for a long period of time. A. W. Keim thus laid the foundation for the development of innovative, even revolutionary products.
For 140 years, the idea of sustainability has shaped and guided all our corporate activities with regard to ecological, economic and social aspects. For us, sustainable building and renovation means bringing people, space and the environment into harmony. With our mineral building products, we make a decisive contribution to more healthy living, life quality, the environment and a better future.
"For us, sustainability means precaution and care and is therefore more than just an economic principle. It is the most valuable link between generations."
Rüdiger Lugert, Managing Director, Keimfarben
Mineral paints from KEIM have an excellent ecological profile, and this throughout the entire product life cycle: from resource-conserving production, through decades of use of the paints, to easy renovation and disposal of the old paint. Detailed environmentally relevant characteristics for KEIM facade paints and interior paints can be found in Environmental Product Declarations.
The natureplus quality seal proves the exceptional quality of our interior and exterior paints. Thanks to the natural raw material basis and the harmless product composition without the addition of solvents, preservatives and plasticisers, harmful emissions and polluting waste are not an issue with KEIM paints. This quality mark is awarded by accredited testing institutes on the basis of independently drawn up guidelines.
The Sentinel Haus Institute is one source of good guidance in the jungle of the many construction products and materials on the market. Here clients and planners find a broad overview of construction products for building healthy homes, products that have been tested by independent, recognised testing institutes. Numerous KEIM products are officially recommended by the Sentinel Haus Institute.
Colours with lasting value
If you take a close look at the life cycle costs of a building, it clearly shows: Around 80 % of the costs are incurred, among other things, during use for maintenance and repairs. Therefore, the selection of building materials should be based on value and quality stability over the entire service life of a building.
Quality that pays off in the long term
Longer renovation cycles go easy on maintenance reserves. This makes the choice of coating system a key factor. KEIM mineral paints prove to be real savings models here. A facade coating should last for at least 20 years! For KEIM paints this is no problem, they easily double their lifespan. Even hundred-year-old coatings are not uncommon!
Natural and healthy indoor climate
We spend about 90% of the day indoors. Colours in form of paint material surround us almost around the clock. They provide atmosphere, set accents and create quality of life. But they can also change the breathing air and release substances which we don't really appreciate. But paints from KEIM are low pollutant and allow an optimal moisture exchange between wall and room. KEIM paints have been proven to be particularly suitable for sensitive people such as children or allergy sufferers. This characteristic has been repeatedly confirmed by numerous independent test institutes.
Colour effect and aesthetics
In addition to the room atmosphere, the appearance of the surroundings also determines our well-being. Colours underline the individuality of a building and have an effect on body and soul. They can be calming or stimulating, motivating or inspiring. Surfaces coated with KEIM mineral paints have a certain look that can be seen and felt. Even with very intensive, full colour tones, the visual effect is never "loud", but fascinates with its pleasant matt finish and colour depth. Whether living, sleeping or working rooms, whether kindergartens, schools or hospitals - rooms painted with KEIM mineral paints are beautiful, let everyone breathe and give a good feeling of security.
We cover our entire electricity requirements with green electricity. The "RenewablePLUS" certificate guarantees, on the one hand, that the electricity generated is 100% from renewable energy sources - and on the other hand, that all CO2 emissions generated during the construction and operation of the hydroelectric power plants are neutralised by the purchase of emission reduction certificates.
We not only use green electricity but are also able to produce our own electricity thanks to our own photovoltaic system on our production hall in Diedorf. In addition to the possibility of saving electricity costs and contributing to environmental protection, we see much more potential here in the future.;
As a member of the Association of the German Paint and Printing Ink Industry VdL, we support the goals and principles of the United Nations Global Compact (UNCG). The UNGC is the world's largest and most important initiative of the United Nations for responsible corporate governance and sustainable global economy. Joint action for an intact environment is also part of the basic understanding of the Environmental Pact of Bavaria, of which we have been a member for many years.
KEIM's environmental management system was certified according to the international environmental management standard ISO 14001 as early as 1998. Since then, an annual audit has been taken place. Such an environmental management system requires for one thing the fulfilment of legal environmental requirements and for another the definition and implementation of voluntary environmental goals within the company.
In this way, we do not only want to optimise internal processes with regard to their environmental impact, but also support our customers and suppliers in the efficient use of energy resources. In Germany, the most widely used certificate is the certificate of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). International evaluation systems include LEED and BREEAM. KEIM products are used in numerous certified buildings throughout the world.
Our new sustainability data sheets now contain all the necessary data to optimally use KEIM products in sustainable building planning. In addition to information on ingredients and details on possible emissions, they also include references to test reports, expert opinions and environmental management systems. Plus, the suitability according to criteria of the building certification systems of the DGNB and according to LEED can be found, which provides a quick and transparent overview of which building products can be used in the targeted certification.