Renewables Run On Underfloor Heating

There are strong technical reasons for embracing underfloor heating system technology. The boom in renewable energy is growing the demand exponentially. Changes to the Building Regulations over recent years have forced manufacturers down the path of producing condensing boilers to the almost total exclusion of standard efficiency models, with underfloor heating providing the return temperatures that optimise high efficiency output. As a member of Polypipe Building Products, Polyplumb can offer a choice of four different underfloor heating systems to suit virtually any situation, including retrofit applications.

Possibly most familiar are the distinctive red Polyplumb Floor Panels into which either 15 or 18 mm pipe are laid and then screeded over. For suspended timber floors, pipes can either be laid across insulation fitted between the joists or clipped into metal spreader plates. A floating floor system can be created by inserting the heating pipes into insulation panels that are covered by timber or laminate flooring. The Overlay system presents possibly the most user-friendly installation option with its panels fashioned form recycled paper being just 18 mm thick. These have 12 mm diameter flexible pipe fitted into them and the system is then covered with 3 mm plywood and the customer's choice of carpet or vinyl.


We all understand the importance of minimising our waste output and energy consumption through building and interior design and many specifiers already commonly use BRE and LEED rated products as a matter of course. However, true sustainability goes far beyond a product's manufacturing impact or its use of recycled materials and the life expectancy of these products can also have a major impact on how sustainable a building truly is. As the biggest continuous interior surface and one that is under constant use, this is certainly a critical factor for the floorcovering. High quality, durable carpets lead to fewer carpet replacements, which in turn benefit the environment by conserving resources and reducing waste. INVISTA's Antron® carpet fibre is perfectly poised to aid specifiers in their search for more sustainable carpets.

1. Sustainable performance

Due to its molecular structure, carpets made of polyamide 6.6 are very hardwearing. High resistance to matting and crushing mean that carpets made from Antron® carpet fibre can keep their appearance for a long time. Fewer carpet replacements conserve resources and reduce waste. In addition, products such as Antron® Legacy™ carpet fibre and Antron® Lumena solution-dyed fibre have reduced dirt adherence because their smooth surfaces make it difficult for dirt to adhere. Hollow-fibre cross-sections scatter the light, making dirt and stains less visible.

2. Enduring materials

Sustainable product performance can be achieved by using the right materials efficiently to ensure long-term performance and environmental stewardship. This approach includes using highest quality, recyclable materials, eliminating manufacturing waste through recycling, fostering end-of-life solutions through reclamation initiatives, and continuously seeking ways to reduce resource consumption.

Antron® carpet fibres with recycled content

INVISTA recycles pre-consumer Type 6,6 nylon back into fibre everyday. Antron Lumena® fibres are available in over 50 colours with a certified minimum of 25% pre-consumer recycled content as confirmed by the certification awarded by Scientific Certification System (SCS). Selected Antron Legacy® fibres are available with a certified minimum of 90% pre-consumer recycled content.

3. Responsible manufacturing and use of resources

INVISTA strives for environmental excellence and is committed to using materials, natural resources and energy efficiently to produce products that create value for customers and society. In all INVISTA operations, INVISTA seeks ways to conserve resources, eliminate waste, reduce emissions, increase the utility and durability of their products and measure their performance in these areas.

Third-party sustainability evaluations

ENP 337, obtained in May 2005, has been reconfirmed through annual verifications performed by BRE. According to ENP 337, BRE rated the environmental impact of the production of ANTRON® carpet fibre as 16 percent lower than similar polyamide 6.6 fibre products. The Environmental Profiles from BRE Global Limited are an internationally recognized third party certification of the environmental performance of building material products when compared to similar products in the same manufacturing sector.

The Ostringen plant operates in accordance with ISO 14001 Standard. This standard defines internationally recognised criteria for environmental management systems.



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