Encompass Sign Systems ECO-press line of ADA signs earned international recognition for sustainability by using 100 percent post-consumer, recycled e-waste to form new ADA signs. The Company employs a new-age thermoforming technique to produce ADA signage with unprecedented branding capabilities.
Encompass Sign Systems was named as a Finalist at the recent International INOVYN Awards competition in Brussels, Belgium. The Board of Judges recognized the Encompass ECO-press line of ADA signage in the category of “Sustainability”. The ECO-press ADA sign products are made exclusively from 100 percent postconsumer, recycled, polymers and e-waste. They are then molded by a new ADA sign-making technique called thermoforming.
The intricate sign panels feature ADA-compliant, raised tactile text, pictograms and grade II braille. The panels are top-surface painted with ultra-low VOC paint. The sign panels are compression molded with extreme heat and intense pressure thereby eliminating the use of traditional films and harmful epoxys. Encompass developed the process after two years of trial and error with various polymer blends in its thermoforming laboratories in Minnesota. The resulting process yields a highly-durable sign that is rated for both interior and exterior applications. Present fabrication capacities allow for the production of 2,700 ECOpress sign panels per month.
The ECO-press sign products are helpful to architects and facility owners by contributing towards achieving USGBC’s LEED v4 BD+C credits under the MR category due to environmentally, economically and socially-preferable life-cycle impacts. ECO-press signs will be featured in a new University building in Washington which has earned Platinum LEED status.
Find more info on the Encompass ECO-press entry in the International INVOYN Awards competition here.