Sustainable colours

KEIM. ECOLOGICALLY, ECONOMICAL, SOCIAL

SUSTAINABILITY AS A MATTER OF PRINCIPLE

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.

ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE
  • Excellent life cycle assessment, natural raw material basis
  • Less renovation intervals
ECONOMICALLY SUSTAINABLE
  • Highly weather-resistant and absolutely UV stable paints
  • Unequalled durability, low maintenance costs
SOCIALLY SUSTAINABLE
  • Healthy building products without harmful substances!
  • Breathable and suitable for allergy sufferers
Sustainable buidling with KEIM

KEIM. IN HARMONY WITH NATURE AND ENVIRONMENT

EXCELLENT ECOLOGICAL PROFILE

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.

 

NATUREPLUS-CERTIFIED PRODUCTS

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. The natureplus quality seal proves the exceptional quality of our interior and exterior paints. This quality mark is awarded by accredited testing institutes on the basis of independently drawn up guidelines.

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KEIM. UNEQUALLED LONG-LIVING – UNEQUALLED ECONOMIC

QUALITY THAT PAYS OFF IN THE LONG TERM

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.

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COLOURS WITH LASTING VALUE

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!

 

KEIM. FOR WELL-BEING AND LIFE QUALITY

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 free of pollutants 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.

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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.

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KEIM. RESPONSIBILITY BEYOND PRODUCTS

ONE FOCUS OF KEIM IS ON ECO-POWER

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.

ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS

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.

CERTIFIED ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

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.

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History and Company mission

Keim’s history; philosophy and company mission

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Sustainabilty brochure

Read more in our new brochure “sustainable colours”.

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