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Tarkett Linoleum range is awarded the Cradle to Cradle®

Silver Certificate T

arkett, the worldwide leader in innovative flooring and sports surface solutions, has been awarded the Cradle to Cradle®

Silver Certificate for

its Linoleum product range. Made from materials such as linseed oil, pine resin, jute, wood and cork flour, linoleum is the ultimate natural and renewable product. The Cradle to

Cradle® certification

is based on 5 criteria: material content; material reutilisation and design for the

environment; use of renewable energy and water

stewardship during the production

process; and social responsibility principles. The certification process looks at the chemical components of ingredients that go into a product, assessing their effects on human and environmental health, as well as their ability to be recycled or composted.

The Silver Certificate means that all the ingredients used for Tarkett Linoleum are identifed and positively assessed. For the production process, energy and water use were characterised and water stewardship guidelines were signed based on Cradle to Cradle®

criteria. As an

example, at Tarkett’s linoleum production plant in Narni, Italy, a closed loop water system is used for process cooling and the factory has also committed to increase its use of renewable energies. Tarkett is committed to the UN Global Compact 10 principles for social responsibility and has published a code of

ethics and integrated the Global Compact into procurement contracts. At the start of 2011, Tarkett signed a partnership with the German scientific institute EPEA (Environmental Protection and Encouragement Agency) to deploy the Cradle to Cradle®

concept. This offers

a new approach to the business paradigm and to corporate culture. Tarkett is keen to support eco-innovation without conflicting with economic growth and environmental commitments. Rather than systematically seeking to consume less, Tarkett undertakes to design products that go into perpetual technical cycles and can even by upcycled. Tarkett is one of the first companies to promote and adopt this concept, both in it’s approach to new materials and in terms of product certification. Tel: 01622 854040 Email:

Kingspan heads for commercial success with new Heat Pump package

specifically for commercial applications. The high-temperature, air-to-water heat pumps can extract heat from outside temperatures as low as -20˚C, providing up to 100% of Space Heating and hot water requirements all year round. The launch follows the success of its market- leading domestic Aeromax Plus package. The new commercial range offers quick and easy installation matched with low noise levels and economical operation, with high energy efficiency (COP) ratings. The heat pumps form part of a complete package solution, custom-made to suit the needs of each application and are suitable for both New Build and


refurbishment projects. For maximum efficiency, they can be partnered with Kingspan’s range of Albion and Manchester

Calorifiers, specifically designed for commercial and industrial use, or with its


ingspan Renewables has launched a brand new Aeromax Plus Air Source Heat Pump range designed

Heat Pump Only or Heat Pump & Solar Input cylinders, for smaller system requirements.

Aeromax Plus Air Source Heat Pumps will reduce CO2

emissions by up to 50%

compared to traditional systems. These substantial carbon reduction savings will aid organisations participating in the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme, significantly reducing their mandatory payments to the government to cover emissions. The heat pumps generate renewable heat for radiators, fan coil and underfloor heating systems, as well as consistently meeting hot water needs at temperatures of up to 65˚C. They are suitable for a wide range of commercial applications, from offices, apartments and hotels through to large- scale industrial use and are available in seven outputs (22kW, 30kW, 35kW, 45kW, 55kW, 75kW and 105kW). Cameron Holroyd, Kingspan Renewables managing director, comments: “Kingspan has an ongoing commitment to providing market- leading, efficient and


cost-effective hot water and heating solutions that meet our customers’ exact requirements and we believe our new commercial Aeromax Plus heat pumps do just that.

“Not only do they offer significant economical and environmental benefits compared to traditional systems, they are reliable and virtually maintenance-free, offering full peace of mind for end users, and deliver consistent powerful performance levels for ultimate results.” Plumbing installation of the units is quick and simple, with none of the digging or drilling associated with ground source heat pumps. They have a small footprint and low height, making for easy integration with all architectural styles, and are equipped with simple electrical connections. Furthermore, the heat pumps do not require a gas supply, flues or ventilation.

Air Source Heat Pump packages from Kingspan are custom-designed to suit the individual needs of each application. Specifiers can benefit from the highest level of customer support from the service team, from initial advice, professional planning and design, through to installation, technical and after-sales support.

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