Product Detail

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Overview

A range of decorative and protective polyurethane and epoxy floor systems, designed for use in hospital, clean room, laboratory, veterinary, factory, hospitality, education, loading, anti slip, ship deck, shopping centre and showroom applications.

 

Detailed Assessment

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

Options

Herculan Utility Series  RC100, SL200, SL300, SL400, SL500, FC600

Colours

All colours.

Warranty

5 years, depending on the skills of the installers.

Expected Life

A minimum of 10 years. Longer life depends on the frequency and suitability of maintenance.

Indicative Costs

Contact Supplier.

Purchase Options

Contact Supplier.

Constituents

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Technical Specifications

Layer thickness from 0.2mm to 6mm.

National & International Standards

  • DIN EN ISO 16000-9, 16000-11, 16003-6, 16017-01

Country of Origin

Rubber base is manufactured in Queensland, Australia.

Polyurethane coating is manufactured in the Netherlands.

Projects

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Preparation

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ECOSPECIFIER LIFE-CYCLE ASSESSMENT

INTEGRATED DESIGN AND POLICY ISSUES

The flooring system is a completely in-situ product and requires a suitable subfloor such as concrete, asphalt or timber flooring.

The system uses a range of liquid polyurethane products that require drying time and adequate ventilation during and after installation prior to occupation. Air handling systems in a building must not be used to vent the space as the emissions of polyurethane Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) components can condense within air ducts, and be re-emitted during use phase.

HUMAN HEALTH

Health

Herculan Utility Series contain small amounts of constituents that have the following Risk phrases: may cause harm to the unborn child, may cause cancer, may cause heritable genetic defects, causes severe burns, and may cause sensitisation by skin contact

These health comments relate to the occupational context of the impacts of the constituents and manufacturing only. This product is healthy in normal use. Precautions for workers such as reducing skin contact, avoiding inhalation of vapours and using appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) can mitigate potential issues.

Comfort

Not applicable.

Indoor Environment Quality

The flooring system has very low VOC (TVOC 0.230mg/m2/hr) and formaldehyde (0.012 mg/m2/hr) emissions and meets the AgBB Guidelines.

Electromagnetic Radiation

Not Applicable.

Safety

Not Applicable.

Accessibility

Product facilitates universal access.

ECOLOGICAL QUALITY

Terrestrial

Emissions – There are generally limited toxics emitted to land in the production of the raw materials.

Physical – Product contains a combination of polyurethane coatings and binders which are petrochemical based and will disrupt local landscapes and alter local ecosystems. The event of an oil-spill, while rare, can result in significant localised biodiversity impacts.

Aquatic

Emissions –Finished flooring system is inert. There are generally limited toxics emitted in the production of the raw materials that will impact aquatic and marine ecosystems.

Herculan Utility Series contain small amounts of constituents that may cause long-term adverse effects in the aquatic environment and are very toxic to aquatic organisms These comments relate primarily to the cleaning of application tools. Tools must be cleaned in a contained system. Contaminated cleaning water, or sealer in liquid form, must not be allowed to enter stormwater and bodies of water. This product must be disposed of in accordance to local regulations.

Physical – Petrochemical extraction can cause localised aquatic disturbance around oil fields via mining infrastructure and dredging of the seabed. Petroleum extraction can also contribute to oil spills at sea.

Atmosphere

Greenhouse (GHG) – The product contains polyurethane which has high energy requirements and GHG emissions in manufacture (comparable to other resilient flooring systems), in comparison to alternative non-resilient flooring finishes, such as sealed timber or sealed concrete.

Greenhouse intensity – Greenhouse intensity may vary depending on the product in the range and coverage.

Transport intensity – Polyurethane components of flooring system are manufactured in Meerkerk, The Netherlands. Energy and GHG figures for shipping of polyurethane components are show below. Shipping port from country of origin is Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

  • Greenhouse Intensity for Container Shipping of Herculan Utility Series – 0.18 kgCO2e / m2 to 3.46 kgCO2e / m2 depending on the product range.

Table below provides land transportation greenhouse intensity figures to help calculate the greenhouse gas intensity of land transportation from shipping port.

Light commercial vehicle

Rigid Truck

Articulated Truck

0.001451 kgCO2e / kg.km

0.000195 kgCO2e / kg.km

0.000069 kgCO2e / kg.km

Transport intensity figures sourced from Australian National Greenhouse Gas Inventory 1990, 1995 and 1999 and WWF International, Inland Navigations and Emissions, 2005.

Operational efficiency – The flooring surface is a polyurethane non-porous surface which has low maintenance requirements in comparison to alternative flooring surfaces.

Re-use Efficiency – This product is not able to be reused.

Toxics and Pollutants – Product emits limited VOC’s into the air. VOC can combine with other air pollutants to form photochemical smog.

Ozone Depletion – Product does not contain any ozone depleting (ODP) substances.

Urban Heat Island Effects – Not applicable.

Noise – Not applicable.

Biodiversity

Product generates biodiversity impacts through the atmospheric emissions generated during its manufacturing. These have not been quantified in terms of impacts on biological systems, except in the case of oil-spill impacts which, while rare, can have significant localised impacts.

RESOURCE DEPLETION

Resource Efficiency

Petroleum used in synthetic polymer based constituents is principally based on polymers derived from petroleum - a finite and limited resource. Some series process and use old recycled car tyres in the form of rubber matts. 

Embodied Fossil Fuel Energy

Embodied energy may vary depending on the product in the range and coverage.

Transport intensity – Polyurethane components of flooring system are manufactured in Meerkerk, The Netherlands. Shipping port from country of origin is Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

  • Energy Intensity for Container Shipping of Herculan Utility Series – 2.32 MJ / m2 to 42.45 MJ / m2 depending on the product range.

Embodied Water

Information not available.

Durability

Product is a highly durable and resilient surface with a long expected life.

Reusability

Product is not reusable.

Repairability

Product can be easily repaired with liquid polyurethane product. Product can be re-surfaced.

Design for Dematerialisation

Product is not designed for dematerialisation.

Design for Disassembly

Product is not designed for disassembly.

Recyclability

Herculan systems are recyclable. If the floor is taken out, it can be milled (after cooling it in liquid Nitrogen) and be used as an ingredient in a new floor.

Maintenance

Surface should be dry mopped daily to remove surface dust and dirt, and wet scrubbed weekly with mild detergent. See supplier for more detailed maintenance information.

Product Takeback Scheme

No

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

No

CORPORATE AND SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY

Audits and Environmental Reporting

No

Convictions

No

 Environmental Policy

No

Social Enhancement Programs

No

Technology Transfer Programs

No

Environmental Management Systems (EMS)

Third party verified ISO 14001

ECOSPECIFIER ISSUES OF CONCERN / RED LIGHTS

Issues of Concern

Products contain small amounts of solvents (>0.1%), however the solvents are used in the manufacturing stage of the product and VOC testing of the product range indicates that solvents are in accordance with European Standards for ‘solvent free’.

There were some issues of concern identified by Ecospecifier’s process, however all risks are at a manufacturers level and are mitigated by EMS and PPE.

Red Light Comments

Some products in the Herculan Utility Series contain high levels of Bisphenol-A (and Bisphenol-F) (up to 37% of the product). Product is made from polycarbonate based on Bisphenol-A (BPA) which is a phenol based on benzene. BPA is associated with level 1 R-phrases such as ‘may cause long-term adverse effects in the aquatic environment’ and level 2 R-phrases such as 'Risk of serious damage to eyes' and 'may cause sensitisation by skin contact'. Preventative actions should be taken to eliminate the risk related to handling BPA. Product should be recycled to prevent leaching of Bisphenol-A into environment.

Product contains polyoxyalkylenamin which may cause long-term adverse effects in the aquatic environment (R53). This issue relates to the manufacture of the substance and the processing and use, however it is not considered a risk when bound into the product. This product should be recycled to reduce the risk of the substance entering into aquatic environments.

Product contains high levels of isolated waterborne epoxy which has a risk of serious damage to eyes. This issue relates to the manufacture of the product, and the use of appropriate PPE can mitigate potential issues to low risk in accordance with an ecospecifier risk assessment.

Product contains Distillates (petroleum), solvent dewaxed paraffinic which may cause cancer (R45). This issue relates to the inhalation of petroleum vapour during manufacture and is not considered a risk as it is not volatile when bound into the product. Accordingly, precautions for workers such as reducing exposure to product in dust from and using appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) mitigate potential issues to low risk in accordance with an ecospecifier Risk Assessment.

The issues of concern identified by the Ecospecifier's process are at a manufacturers level and are mitigated by the EMS and PPE.

Information last verified on 17th May 2017

ASSESSMENT COMPARISON

Timber and vinyl flooring systems.

RELATED TOPICS

Adhesives, Tapes & Fasteners, Floors, Floor Coverings, Floor Systems, and Paints and Surface Treatments.

sustainability criteria satisfied

Workplace OHS, Occupant Health, Human Wellbeing

Low/Reduced offgassing

Habitat & Biodiversity Conservation

Reduced terrestrial impacts

Air Pollution

Reduced smog-forming potential

Resource Depletion

Recycled content-min 10% post consumer

Durability

Uses renewable materials

Corporate Responsibility

Legal Compliance

Other Vital Signs

Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)

Documented manufacturer claims

Expert Assessment