THERE’S no doubt that UK building certifications are becoming increasingly harsh, says Gerflor. Contractors and clients need to be aware of the building’s life cycle analysis. The measuring of the environmental effect of any building is now becoming increasingly mandatory for clients and specifiers. With the world warming up and the ever-present threat of non-sustainable products placing pressure on our right to survive, Gerflor says it is one of the foremost global flooring manufacturers producing ranges with low volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions. Gerflor products are reportedly regularly assessed in accordance with ISO 16000 standards. Air quality inside buildings is not undermined because there are also no formaldehyde or carcinogenic emissions from their products.
Since 1937, the year that Gerflor launched their homogeneous flooring Mipolam, we’ve seen man landing on the moon and the invention of the world-wide web. For Gerflor, during this 80-year period, it’s been about providing products the company says have always been fit for purpose whilst giving more than a nod to the environment and the sustainability of their product collections. The Mipolam range from Gerflor reportedly has a legacy of testing, providing an array of products and is claimed to deliver the broadest, most comprehensive collection of homogeneous flooring available in the marketplace.
Mipolam has grown from a single product line to 25 different lines with more than 300 colours available worldwide. The original ‘star in the homogeneous stable’, says Gerflor, is Mipolam Symbioz flooring which was reportedly the first Mipolam 100% bio-based plasticizer made of corn and wheat. Gerflor’s R&D heritage and technical capability with Mipolam Symbioz are said to deliver a high performing product that has a T Group, best abrasion resistance rating and with the Evercare surface treatment provides easy maintenance, no wax needed for life and has high stain resistance. Mipolam Symbioz also comes with a palette of 26 natural colours.
Gerflor says Mipolam ranges can be specified in public areas, schools, offices, computer suites, indoor leisure centres, factory floors and storage areas, together with hospital wards, corridors and cleanrooms requiring an aseptic environment. Mipolam reportedly provides a versatile solution for both refurbishments and new build projects, supplying clients and customers with a wide choice of products aimed at always exceeding their expectations on quality and design.
When the WellStar Health System planned its new WellStar Pediatric Centre in Kennesaw, Georgia, USA, it wanted to create a playful, welcoming environment to help children and families feel relaxed and comfortable.
Surface materials were selected with the aim of realising this creative vision while also meeting the technical requirements needed in a healthcare environment such as; durability, antimicrobial properties, the best indoor air quality and stain resistance. The demanding selection criteria for flooring products would be suited to Gerflor’s Mipolam Symbioz, the company claims. The interior of the centre features Gerflor’s Mipolam Symbioz in corridors, examination rooms, medical scanning areas and laboratories. As a ‘bio-based, homogeneous sheet flooring’, Gerflor says Mipolam Symbioz utilises a 100% plant-based phthalate-free plasticizer and contains over 75% sustainable or renewable raw materials. Limiting the spread of infections is vital for a pediatric healthcare facility. Symbioz as with all Mipolam healthcare flooring is said to be ISO 22196 certified to limit the spread of infections (including MRSA, E. coli and S. aureus) at 99% Durability and ease of maintenance were also important considerations. Symbioz is said to have ‘the best’ wear resistance for high-traffic areas and a no-wax-for-life surface treatment, which provides for a healthy lifecycle.