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» Recent renovation featuring Identity Moonlight...


» Wicanders Cork Flooring used in 20ft & 40ft Shipping Containers...


» Wicanders Cork Flooring receives GREEN TAG CERTIFIED


» Justin Timberlake dances on Vorwerk tiles...


» BNZ's New Flagship Store


» Vorwerk Freescale carpet tiles used at, The Barclay Center, Brooklyn, New York


» SCALE LIVING...designs you choose


» 2012-2015 New Carpet Range Tile Release from Toli


» Vorwerk FreeScale carpet tile to feature in new Christchurch IT Campus...


» Styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR)


» Vorwerk Architectural News...


» SCALE LIVING, 2012 new release...

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Coming soon RE/COVER green

Sunday February 23, 2014 14:37

Vorwerk launches a new elastic flooring made of Castor Oil... only from EcoFloors, the innovators in sustainable surfaces

 

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Recent renovation featuring Identity Moonlight...

Monday February 3, 2014 16:24

Here is a selection of Wicanders CorkComfort 'Identity Moonlight' installed into the dining and lounge area. The color of the Identity Moonlight cork creates light and warmth in this once dark area of the house...


Wicanders Cork Flooring used in 20ft & 40ft Shipping Containers...

Wednesday January 22, 2014 11:33

Royal Wolf is a specialist in the hire, sale & modification of new & refurbished shipping containers. Utilising the steel fabrication skill sets of this company, Room11 take the claustrophobic volume within a regular shipping container and transform it into a spacious light filled work environment with planted internal courtyards.

The Project functions as the administrative and site office for the company at their depot and fabrication centre in Sunshine, Victoria. Offices and reception revolve around a centralised courtyard, with the meeting room, the kitchen and State and regional manager offices linked to further courtyards.

The design utilises whole containers, positioned in a way that 20ft and 40ft containers create four courtyards and externally form a complete rectangle. Ends of containers are sheared off and replaced with face fixed full height glazing. Rather than cover the metal skin of the containers internally, the sheared ends are re-used to create insulated sandwich panels, exposing and celebrating the raw container skin. The ceiling is also left exposed and insulated on top with rigid insulation and a membrane roof. Finally two containers are placed on end, creating a high narrow void with skylight at the entry while functioning as a marker for signage within the flat terrain.

Positioned next to a major road in an industrial area, there is a constant drone of large vehicles and heavy traffic. Each work space receives direct views to the courtyards. The office is internalised, the gardens bringing light and tranquility to an otherwise loud and hectic industrial intersection.

Wicanders Cork Flooring is featured in the design. Scroll below to view the beautiful Wicanders Cork Flooring used...

  


Wicanders Cork Flooring receives GREEN TAG CERTIFIED

Tuesday December 3, 2013 14:45

Wicanders® Corkcomfort Floating NPC, Woodcomfort Floating HPS, Woodcomfort Glue-down HPS, and Woodcomfort Floating NPCGGT_GreenRate_Level A.jpg

Global GreenTagCertTM Level A Certified, very low VOC, resilient cork flooring with scratch, wear and stain resistant surfaces for heavy traffic areas including Wicanders' strongest surface protection Wear Resistant Technology (WRT) or High Performance Surfaces (HPS). Corkcomfort Floating WRTCorkcomfort Floating HPS and Artcomfort Floating HPS ranges are a multilayered cork and high density fibreboard (HDF) floor tiles. Corkcomfort Glue-down WRT and Corkcomfort Glue-down HPS are a multilayered cork floor tile. All products are suitable for residential and commercial applications.

Wicanders®, Amorim Revestimentos' premium brand products, are fully imported from Portugal and available in a wide variety of textures, colours and finishes. The products incorporate the natural insulating and shock resistive properties of cork oak to provide a low impact surface for biomechanical comfort, natural thermal insulation and sound absorption characteristics. These products are manufactured from renewable FSC sourced cork and HDF and have undergone independent Life Cycle Analysis. The Corkcomfort and Artcomfort ranges are recyclable and positively contribute to CO2sequestration. The products have very low TVOC emissions, which improves indoor air quality (IAQ) and have been tested by Greenguard, demonstrating emissions levels compliant with Green Star® Indoor Environmental Quality specifications.

Artcomfort Floating HPS products are a multilayered cork and HDF floor tile with Realistic Surface Technology (RST), an optical image layer to provide a realistic variety of artistic designs  reproducing marble, slate, stone, metal, and various textile and wood grain surfaces over a cork substrate.Artcomfort Floating HPS is available in over 40 colours and patterns and features a tongue and groove interlocking edge design called Corkloc®. The product is finished with HPS for heavy traffic areas such as commercial, business or general public areas.  (NOT AVAILABLE IN NEW ZEALAND)

The Corkcomfort range features unique cork veneer textures in over 62 different colours and designs.

Corkcomfort Floating WRT products are a multilayered cork and HDF floor tile. The product is finished with a WRT topcoat and ceramic layer which provides anti-slip and scratch resistant protection for heavy traffic residential areas over a cork veneer, and includes Corkloc® interlocking edges.

Corkcomfort Glue-down WRT products are a multilayered agglomerated cork floor tile with a WRT topcoat and ceramic layer which provides anti-slip and scratch resistant protection over a cork veneer.

Corkcomfort Floating HPS products are a multi-layered cork and HDF floor tile. The product is finished with HPS finish for heavy traffic residential and commercial areas over a cork veneer and includes Corkloc® interlocking edges.

Corkcomfort Glue-down HPS products are a multi-layered agglomerated cork floor tile with HPS finish over a cork veneer for heavy traffic areas.

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The Woodcomfort range features unique wood veneer textures in a combination of 18 different wood grain veneers and colours suitable for applications such as education, retail, office, halls, and hospitality, and sports facilities such as gymnasiums.

Woodcomfort Floating HPS products are an agglomerated cork and HDF floor tile. The product is finished with a High Performance Surface (HPS) over a wood veneer for heavy traffic areas and features Corkloc® interlocking edges.

Woodcomfort Glue-down HPS products are a multi-layered agglomerated cork floor tile with HPS varnish over a wood veneer for heavy traffic areas.

Woodcomfort Floating NPC products are a wood veneer and agglomerated cork and HDF floor tile. The product is finished in a NPC surface treatment which provides high shock, scratch and wear resistance as well as flexibility, UV stability and chemical resistance. The product is designed for heavy commercial traffic areas, and includes Corkloc® interlocking edges.

For more product information the Wicanders product's brochures can be downloaded here:

All Corkcomfor products are Global GreenTagCertTM GreenRate Level A Certified under Scheme A11. See 'Detailed Assessment' tab above for Green Star®recognised Certification.

All Woodcomfort products are Global GreenTagCertTM GreenRate Level B Certified under Scheme B6. See 'Detailed Assessment' tab above for Green Star®recognised Certification.

Global GreenTagCertTM Certification, summary for Corkcomfort please click here.

Global GreenTagCertTM Certification, summary for Woodcomfort please click here.


Justin Timberlake dances on Vorwerk tiles...

Wednesday September 25, 2013 14:08

At the MTV Video Music Awards on August 25 at the Barclays Center in New York, Justin Timberlake received a total of four awards and performed on the Vorwerk FREESCALE tiles that were laid in 2012 across some 12,000 square meters of the multipurpose arena. Check it out here...
 
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BNZ's New Flagship Store

Wednesday May 29, 2013 15:25

BNZ's new flagship store opened on Queen Street on the 2nd of May 2013. They used freeSCALE Crystal Carpet tiles. Here is a video of the complete transformation below.

see photo gallery of BNZ's New Flagship Store

For more information contact:  Reg Hellesoe  reg@ecofloors.co.nz


Vorwerk Freescale carpet tiles used at, The Barclay Center, Brooklyn, New York

Tuesday December 18, 2012 11:31

 
Barclays Center is a multi-purpose indoor arena in Brooklyn, New York. It sits partly on a platform over the Metropolitan Transportation Authority-owned Vanderbilt Yards rail yard at Atlantic Avenue. The arena hosts the National Basketball Association’s Brooklyn Nets, along with concerts, conventions and other sporting events.
Vorwerk Freescale carpet tiles were used at, The Barclay Centre.
 
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SCALE LIVING...designs you choose

Saturday December 1, 2012 10:25

Simple to install

 


2012-2015 New Carpet Range Tile Release from Toli

Tuesday August 28, 2012 16:32

Coming soon... exciting new 2012 - 2015 Comprehensive GX Graphic series carpet tiles from Toli of Japan

(see digital catalogue here)


Vorwerk FreeScale carpet tile to feature in new Christchurch IT Campus...

Wednesday April 4, 2012 14:02

A new IT campus is being built in Christchurch. A business hub that will see 17 companies re-establish themselves.
Vorwerk FREESCALE MESH has been used in the plans.

View the TVNZ online video here... New IT centre in Christchurch CBD 

View the NZHerald article here... Christchurch high-tech businesses get $1.8m cash injectio



Styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR)

Saturday March 17, 2012 17:40

Styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR), a general-purpose synthetic rubber, produced from a copolymer of styrene and butadiene. Exceeding all other synthetic rubbers in consumption, SBR is used in great quantities in automobile and truck tires, generally as an abrasion-resistant replacement for natural rubber (produced from polyisoprene).

SBR is a mixture of approximately 75 percent butadiene (CH2=CH-CH=CH2) and 25 percent styrene (CH2=CHC6H5). In most cases these two compounds are copolymerized (their single-unit molecules linked to form long, multiple-unit molecules) in an emulsion process, in which a soaplike surface-acting agent disperses, or emulsifies, the materials in a water solution. Other materials in the solution include free-radical initiators, which begin the polymerization process, and stabilizers, which prevent deterioration of the final product. Upon polymerization, the styrene and butadiene repeating units are arranged in a random manner along the polymer chain. The polymer chains are cross-linked in the vulcanization process.

For many purposes SBR directly replaces natural rubber, the choice depending simply on economics. Its particular advantages include excellent abrasion resistance, crack resistance, and generally better aging characteristics. Like natural rubber, SBR is swollen and weakened by hydrocarbon oils and is degraded over time by atmospheric oxygen and ozone. In SBR, however, the main effect of oxidation is increased interlinking of the polymer chains, so, unlike natural rubber, it tends to harden with age instead of softening. The most important limitations of SBR are poor strength without reinforcement by fillers such as carbon black (although with carbon black it is quite strong and abrasion-resistant), low resilience, low tear strength (particularly at high temperatures), and poor tack (i.e., it is not tacky or sticky to the touch). These characteristics determine the use of the rubber in tire treads; essentially, its proportions decrease as the need for heat resistance increases until 100 percent natural rubber is reached in the heaviest and most severe uses, such as tires for buses and aircraft.

A large amount of SBR is produced in latex form as a rubbery adhesive for use in applications such as carpet backing. Other applications are in belting, flooring, wire and cable insulation, and footwear.

SBR is a product of synthetic rubber research that took place in Europe and the United States under the impetus of natural rubber shortages during World Wars I and II. By 1929 German chemists at IG Farben had developed a series of synthetic elastomers by copolymerizing two compounds in the presence of a catalyst. This series was called Buna,after butadiene, one of the copolymers, and sodium (natrium), the polymerization catalyst. During World War II the United States, cut off from its East Asian supplies of natural rubber, developed a number of synthetics, including a copolymer of butadiene and styrene. This general-purpose rubber, which had been called Buna S by German chemists Eduard Tschunkur and Walter Bock, who had patented it in 1933, was given the wartime designation GR-S (Government Rubber-Styrene) by the Americans, who improved upon its production. Subsequently known as SBR, this copolymer soon became the most important synthetic rubber, representing about one-half of the total world production.

Source… http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/570377/styrene-butadiene-rubber-SBR


Vorwerk Architectural News...

Friday March 2, 2012 15:01

News and articles from Vorwerk, Germany's leading manufacture of high quality carpet since 1883,  see here


SCALE LIVING, 2012 new release...

Monday February 13, 2012 12:43

SCALE LIVING turns the floor into a space for design. Vorwerk presents their first collection of free-form tiles for the home. Hadi Teherani and Vorwerk Carpets developed an innovative textile concept for tiles with the collections SCALE and FreeSCALE that came out in 2009. SCALE LIVING transposes the concept of freely shaped tiles to the residential living sector. The time has finally come when carpet tiles can be used to set out-of-the ordinary accents on the floor at home, too.

The collection includes three fascinating tile shapes: CUT, BLOOM and MESH_SA somewhat smaller variation of the free-form MESH already known from SCALE, break with the rigid 50x50 cm grid for carpet tiles in many ways. Except for the basic product, “Frame”, these three shapes are also available in two exclusive materials – real leather and a brushed stainless steel finish – and a wide variety of colours: in cosy-warm shades of grey, Dark, Mid and Light, and in worlds of colours termed Purple, Amber, Aqua, Indigo and Coral. This system of materials, surfaces and colours offer plenty of leeway to create carpet shapes and patterns that were heretofore unknown.

SCALE LIVING is the new standard for individual creations on the floor. One marvelous technological feature of SCALE LIVING is it’s specially coated backing. It assures that the tiles are self-adhesive on smooth sub floorings such as laminate, stone or ceramics – and can be taken up again quite easily, too. New kinds of flexible shapes can be created again and again without requiring special installation knowledge, skills or tools. And above all, with SCALE LIVING you spare yourself the bothersome work with adhesive glues that are equally a cause for ecological concern.

The new Scale Living collection has been awarded the ‘Innovation price from AIT’ during the recent exhibition at Heimtextil in Frankfurt, Germany. We are very proud to inform you that Scale Living has also been voted under the TOP 15 products during the HEIMTEXTIL exhibition 2012 in Frankfurt. This is a great success, as this exhibition is a textile and wallpaper exhibition - and Vorverk have been one of the very few exhibitors with floor covering products only.

View the SCALE LIVING range 


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