MCA Tiles @ PCBC 2009
Our own Ambika picks the brain of Miles, a representative of MCA Tiles. MCA Tiles' main product is a cool roof tile made of clay. The dirt is taken from mother earth, baked, and finally color is added to it. The excess clay is recycled, and consumers are encouraged to use it for planting. Previously a subsidiary of Japan, MCA tiles is now an American company. It is one of only two tiles companies that are American owned today. Miles also shared how the clay tiles contribute to LEED points. For instance, the materials used in producing the tiles are harvested within 500 miles of the plant they are manufactured in. In action, roofs made from MCA tiles score a 43% on the solar reflective index, far better than LEED minimum requirement of 25%. MCA has been making green tiles long before green became popular, and there is no upcharge associated with their products. Hearing about MCA Tiles reminds me of my high school years in ceramics class; anyway, this is awesome Miles! Check out MCA Tiles here, and check out the rest of this site for more interviews.