Low-VOC emissions, recyclable material and phthalate-free products are some of the key elements of sustainable flooring. With the construction sector responsible for vast amounts of waste material and emissions, firms are exploring new production methods and materials to lower their carbon footprints.
By combining the above requirements, a Cape Town flooring company has managed to do just that. Evalution Flooring founder Eva Kaiser says the ‘growing focus on sustainability should be spurring more South African businesses to get involved and do their bit to save the planet’. This year, it became the first South African company to achieve Global GreenTag certification on three of its vinyl ranges. The Amtico Spacia, Amtico Spacia Acoustic and Amtico First flooring ranges are suitable for residential, light commercial and heavy commercial buildings and are an alternative to wooden flooring, or ceramic and porcelain tiles.
Being water resistant, easy to clean and suitable for underfloor heating, the tiles are also free of toxic emissions. For commercial spaces, they are durable and hard-wearing, while the foundation layer provides long-lasting stability and contains about 30% of recycled pre-consumer material.