The Piscinelle Group was founded in 1979 in the Val d'Oise department of France, which is still home to its head office and production centre. This company built on genuine human values has employees who have been with the team for over 30 years.
Aware of the issues and challenges facing our society, we strive to make our business increasingly sustainable, as we believe that beauty, the finer things in life, and aesthetics are by no means incompatible with modern environmental priorities.
Whichever Piscinelle model you choose, its materials are sure to offer all the right technical features and fully meet the pool's requirements, while also being completely recyclable and sustainable.
The aluminium we use is produced from bauxite, the third most prevalent resource on the planet (after oxygen and silicon) and is a naturally occurring compound that can even be found in our food (cereals, water, vegetables, etc.). Incredibly, this material is also 100% recyclable, which generates energy savings of 95% compared to manufacturing primary aluminium.
Find out everything you need to know about aluminium at: www.aluminium.fr
If you choose a wooden Piscinelle pool made of Scots pine sourced from northern Europe, its ecological footprint will be even smaller. That's because wood is an indefinitely renewable resource cultivated like the crops in the fields but over longer periods, and it also stores carbon!
Visit www.bois.com for further details about wood, which is currently very popular as a pool building material.
The majority of a Piscinelle pool, whether aluminium or wood, therefore has a considerably lower ecological impact than e.g. concrete pools or those with a plastic shell, which rely on fossil resources.
The origin of products is a key factor in our current purchasing practices. Since 1994, Piscinelle has chosen to work with 80% French and 95% European partners. We have adopted this approach since a relationship with local suppliers is the only means of responding sufficiently quickly to requirements, and thus living up to the unique vision we have of our business, which requires agility on a daily basis, while also responsibly managing the resources required to fulfil our remit.
Local procurement is responsible procurement, and by choosing local partners, Piscinelle continues to pursue a policy that protects the environment and supports the regional economy.
Below is a map showing all our main partners in France:
Here are some examples of our European suppliers:
All Piscinelle's manufacturing operations are carried out in the Val d'Oise department of France. It has not relocated any of its production units to other European countries or elsewhere in the world. Approximately 500 pools are produced every year north of Paris and distributed throughout France and to neighbouring countries. We have adopted this approach at significant expense to meet our standards in terms of quality and responsiveness. It also enables us to permanently develop and make changes to our products, thus increasing customer satisfaction. This is now a key factor in Piscinelle's growth, since almost half of our swimming pools are bespoke, requiring the organisational flexibility of having a factory on the same site as the company head office. Everything from joinery to cutting, welding, pre-assembly, technical drawings and flow rate calculations, is done in France by qualified staff.
The consumption of resources by our domestic appliances has become a major societal issue. Piscinelle applies green building techniques and takes a responsible approach to consumption by using quality equipment with low energy requirements.
The diagram to the right shows the annual water consumption of a swimming pool (source: FPP). Contrary to preconceptions, swimming pools are items of household equipment that use very little water once filled.
Did you know? Once filled, a swimming pool does not need to be emptied every year. The French Federation of Swimming Pool Professionals (FPP) recommends changing no more than a third of the pool volume every year.
E.g. - for a Piscinelle Cr4 that is 136cm high with an Escabanc step/tanning ledge unit and a total volume of 11m³, approximately 4m³* water needs to be changed every year. At an average of €5/m³ in France, €20 must be spent on water every year to ensure that your Piscinelle operates effectively.
Compared to several years ago, approximately a quarter of the annual power consumption is now required for a filtration system, a twentieth for lighting, and a tenth for heating! (source: FPP).
Modern filtration systems tend to operate for longer periods at lower power, with smaller, more energy-efficient motors overtaking larger models. Equipment such as LED lighting and pH controllers consume very little power (25 and 10 W respectively), with only a very small impact on overall consumption.
E.g. - for a Piscinelle Cr4 measuring 136cm in height and fitted with an Escabanc step/tanning ledge unit, your energy bill will be €460 per year based on average filtration time of 13 hours per day over 8 months and electricity charged at €0.145 per kWh**.
The FPP notes that 80% of water treatment is performed by mechanical filtration. Only 20% is performed by chemicals, which are essential for eliminating bacteria and ensuring water safety. If the pool is properly filtered and the water is well balanced, there's no need for large quantities of chemicals to ensure crystal-clear water!
E.g. - based on a Piscinelle Cr4 measuring 136cm in height with an Escabanc step/tanning ledge unit and a volume of 11m³, the cost of water treatment is approximately €180 per year.
*This estimate takes account of evaporation for a pool equipped with a cover. **Calculated based on the average cost per kWh in mainland France for filtering and lighting the pool.
In a more general sense, Piscinelle always fundamentally acts in the spirit of the times. For example, over 10 years ago it decided to stop filling its pools installed at trade fairs and exhibitions with water. We recently introduced a system of paperless contracts, which customers sign by e-signature, so carbon paper is no longer used for this purpose. Although these may seem like small steps, they have a cumulative impact and reflect a mindset.
Last updated on 24/02/2021
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