Product: Flotex Tile
TOP 3 Benefits:
- Health & Ecotoxicity
- SA8000 certified
- Product Take-Back Scheme
Flotex tile is a resilient flooring that incorporates carpet's appearance and vinyl flooring's durability (ideal for extreme wear and high traffic areas). The product is comprised of an upright polyamide 6.6 pile above a glass fibre reinforced PVC backing, and can be cleaned using standard cleaning equipment. As the upright flocked fibres are anchored into a waterproof backing, it's possible to clean right down to the base of the tile removing dirt and allergens. Flotex tile has 44% post-consumer recycled content.
Flotex tile achieves R12 (AS 4586:2013 oil-wet ramp test method) and P5 (AS 4586:2013 Wet pendulum test method) slip resistance and has low VOC emissions. It is designed for extreme wear resistance and high traffic areas where long-term performance is required with easy cleaning. Flotex tile has its own Natspec work section 0652P. It is suitable for both residential and commercial projects.
Forbo Floor Coverings Pty Ltd (Ripley site) is certified with SA8000.
Health & Ecotoxicity
- Healthy VOC levels
- Low toxicity - no toxicity in use
Life Cycle Analysis - Water
- Water footprint available
Life Cycle Analysis - Resources
- Designed for recycling or reuse
- Post-consumer recycled content
Life Cycle Analysis - Greenhouse Gas
- Carbon footprint available
Corporate Social Responsibility
- ≥10 year warranty
- Annual Sustainability Reporting
- Certified Environmental Management System
- Certified under Social Accountability Standard 8000
- Complies with relevant social and environmental laws of the country of operation
- Fit for Purpose certified
- Manufacturer take back policy
- Replacement parts available
- Green Star AU - GBCA
Construction Code Compliance
- Australian National Construction Code
The product is GreenTag GreenRate Level A Certified under Scheme A17.
Issues of Concern/Red Lights (if needed) The products have successfully passed the relevant GreenTag Standard's Cautionary Assessment Process and no issues of concern or red lights comments exist regarding the toxicity of the products.
The product uses an expanding agent which contains ADCA (CAS number 123-77-3). ADCA is categorised with a H334 Hazard Statement ('May cause sensitisation by inhalation'). It is also on the Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) for Authorisation.
The ADCA delivered in liquid form to Forbo, is an 'aid to manufacture' that is 'completely expended' in the process used to produce foam backing via purposeful, heat-induced, micro-explosive reaction. As the H-Statement relates to inhalable dust only, risk is only attributable where dust might be created from the foamed backing after manufacture.
As the product is delivered to the factory as a liquid and any trace amount remaining after the reaction is entirely encapsulated within the polymer foam backing of the final flooring. There is an extremely unlikely chance that end users will be irritated by inhalation given the highly unlikely event that dust was somehow created from the backing while in use that then migrates into the room.
The risk has a potentially higher likelihood only during the manufacturing process of the original expanding agent itself which is outside the scope of this assessment.
Forbo and its expanding agent supplier together with a previous onsite audit by GreenTag, provide sufficient evidence that the occupational risks are mitigated. The products have successfully passed the relevant GreenTag Standard's Cautionary Assessment Process and no issues of concern or red lights comments exist regarding the toxicity of the products.
Global GreenTag Standard v4.0
Rating tools relevance:
GreenStar® "Buildings" v1.0 Rating tool:
- Responsible Finishes – Good Practice products
GreenStar® "Design and As Built v1.3" and "Interiors v1.3" Rating Tools Credits:
- Sustainable Products
GreenStar® "Design and As Built v1" and "Interiors v1" Rating Tool:
- Sustainable Products
GreenStar "Performance 1.2" Rating Tools Credit:
- Refurbishment Materials
WELL V1.0 Features- IWBI
- Feature 04 VOC Reduction
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