Ecobuild Hones In On Flooring
ALTHOUGH there are relatively few flooring companies exhibiting at Ecobuild (March 3-5 at London ExCel), there is a significant amount of interest for this sector in what is billed as is the world’s biggest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment and the UK’s largest construction event.
Flooring exhibitors include:
Flowcrete UK (Stand N6020) will unveil an updated version of the award winning Green Floorzone solution, which is explained by the company’s marketing manager, Ian Jones: ‘The Green Floorzone was already one of the most energy-saving single source flooring solutions, however this year we’ve upped the stakes yet again!’
The three elements of the Green Floorzone (underfloor heating, screed and resin finish) have all undergone a makeover. Flowcrete UK will showcase these developments with a life-size, cut-through model allowing visitors to see each system close up and how they work together underneath the floor’s surface.
New to the Floorzone is the environmentally friendly Isocrete Alpha Screed, a pump applied self-levelling floor screed. Over 95% of the alpha hemi-hydrate calcium sulphate binder used in this solution is reclaimed from waste created by coal power stations, significantly reducing the amount of industrial by-product sent to landfill. This cement free formulation also avoids the environmentally harmful side-effects of producing and using cement.
Isocrete Alpha screed is described as an evolution of traditional anhydrite flowing screeds, as it has a faster drying time and its laitance free finish means that sanding is not required before the application of a coating, speeding up the floor’s overall installation timescale.
The recently launched Mondèco Arctic systems will also be on display. This addition to the company’s seamless epoxy resin terrazzo range has been designed to provide commercial spaces with crisp and gleaming white surfaces.
Featuring three new colours, Alaska, Glacier and Polar, and said to provide superior UV light resistance, these floors help large-scale commercial locations to apply and maintain a seamless white floor finish.
The three Mondèco Arctic systems combine a white binder with a blend of light coloured aggregates, mirror glass and metallic particles in differing quantities, creating stylised white surfaces with subtly differing aggregate patterns.
The Mondèco Mirrazzo collection gives commercial environments a wealth of creative possibilities, adapting the colour, lustre and pattern to suit the style and image of each site. Over 50% of the shimmering decorative aggregates incorporated within a Mondèco Mirrazzo finish are recycled.
The third element in the Green Floorzone, Isowarm underfloor heating, has been literally turned green. The pipes now match the Isocrete brand and reflect the system’s eco nature, as it reportedly can deliver energy efficiency savings of up to 30% compared to conventional heating systems. www.flowcrete.co.uk
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Mapei UK (Stand N7030) will show ‘Pamie’ its new demonstration vehicle and hospitality suite.
This exhibition method showcases Mapei’s push for innovation. The van will be the focal point of the stand, offering hospitality and an informal meeting space for visitors and will be supported by live application demonstrations across a variety of products lines, enabling visitors to gain insight into application and installation methods, as well as product features and benefits.
The vehicle reaches 8500mm in length with a width of 7800mm (after set up with an additional gazebo) and a height of 3100mm.
Once fully open, the inside presents a fresh, contemporary look with modern vinyl flooring, white walls and a glass table which features colour changing ‘mood’ LED lights with high chairs. It also displays a 42in plasma screen suitable for installation videos or CPD presentations with charging ports in and around the table.
Mapei will also display its long-term, enduring commitment towards eco-sustainability, through manufacturing, certification and process compliance, including ISO 14001. The company will also exhibit its new cementitious, decorative and hard wearing floorcovering, Ultratop Loft, for installing onto walls and floors providing a industrial design for all room types.
Mapei has been producing low VOC emission products for over 30 years; its systems are tested by independent institutions to meet recognised certification. The company is also a member of the UK Green Building Council. T: 0121 508 6970 www.mapei.co.uk
This article has been reproduced from the Contract Flooring Journal. You can find them at www.contractflooringjournal.co.uk.