Product Detail

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Overview

 

Acousti-Tech Membranes are up to nearly 100% recycled and recyclable, needle punched, synthetic polyester thermo-acoustical underlayments for hard surfaces.

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

Options

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Colours

Green and grey.

Warranty

Manufacturer replaces product which, under normal use and service, proves to be defective.

Expected Life

Manufacturer states that synthetic fibres will not deteriorate over time and therefore life expectancy is as long as the floor covering. This warranty has a term of 25 years or the original warranty of the hard floor covering. See supplier for terms and conditions.

Indicative Costs

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Purchase Options

Outright purchase only.

Constituents

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Technical Specifications

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National & International Standards

Acoustic tests: IIC:ASTM*-E 1007-90; ASTM*-E-989-89

STC:ASTM*-E 336-90; ASTM*-E-413-87

CSIRO TEST REPORT INR159a&159b achieved a Lnw+C of 54 &55

Reflectivity: ASTM* E308-01; ASTM* C518; ASTM* C1371

Water vapour transmission of materials: ASTM* E96-00

Anti microbial: ASTM* G-21

Canadian Construction Materials Centre:13092-R

ISO9001:2008

Canadian Green Building Council

National Fire Protection Association rating

Country of Origin

Canada.

Projects

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Preparation

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ECOSPECIFIER LIFE-CYCLE ASSESSMENT

INTEGRATED DESIGN AND POLICY ISSUES

Acousti-Tech Membranes improve energy efficiency through providing flooring insulation, which may lead to a reduced need of heating and cooling capacity and may assist in reducing the cost of acclimatising buildings.

Some products are suitable for floating floors as vapour barrier, preventing damage in the flooring installation.

Acousti-Tech Membranes provide long term durability, will not deteriorate and will maintain soundproofing properties over time.

HUMAN HEALTH

Health

Products contain small percentage of titanium dioxide. In 2006, the IARC reclassified titanium dioxide as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B). This issue of concern relates to the inhalation of pure powdered and ultra-fine titanium dioxide dust during manufacture, and is not considered a risk, as the TiO2 is not in a respirable form when bound into the product. Accordingly the sanding, grinding and other occupational production activities of products containing titanium dioxide may present issues if appropriate precautions are not taken. Precautions for workers such as reducing exposure to product in dust form and using appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) mitigate potential issues to low risk in accordance with an ecospecifier Risk Assessment. Refer to Material Safety Data Sheet for further information.

Comfort

Product improves thermal comfort and also enhances acoustic noise conditions by limiting noise transfer.

Indoor Environment Quality

Manufacturer states that product is non toxic, anti microbial, rot resistant and does not emit significant amount of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) through its lifecycle.

Electromagnetic Radiation

Not applicable.

Safety

Not applicable.

Accessibility

Not applicable.

 

ECOLOGICAL QUALITY

Terrestrial

Emissions – Product contains large amount of recycled materials and is itself recyclable, reducing toxic and pollutant impacts compared to products made from virgin materials.

Product contains minor amount of aluminium. The production of alumina from bauxite ores uses a chemical treatment, known as the Bayer Process (see Glossary). The alkaline (fluoride containing) mist associated with this process may have adverse land and soil impacts.

Physical – Product's recycled content partly eliminates the physical pollution of oil extraction related to production of petrochemical based virgin polyester.

Mineral extraction of bauxite during the production of aluminium will disrupt landscapes and alter ecosystems. Because bauxite deposits are found near the Earth's surface, mining requires removal of topsoil and overburden before deeper excavation occurs.

Aquatic

Emissions – There are no known toxics emitted by this product that will impact aquatic and marine ecosystems.

Physical – Petrochemical production of virgin polyester can contribute to oil spills at sea.

Bauxite residues of red mud are disposed of in dams. Bauxite residue (chemically stable and non-toxic) is pumped to disposal dams where the mud is allowed to settle. The excess water is discharged into marine environments.

Atmosphere

Greenhouse (GHG) – Placing Acousti-Tech Membranes within buildings, can assist in reducing energy heating and cooling loads, reducing energy consumption and therefore reducing greenhouse gas emission of fossil fuelled plants.

This product utilises minor amounts of virgin polyester, which is fabricated from fossil fuels. Fossil fuels generate both atmospheric pollutants and greenhouse gases on combustion. Product may contain significant amount of recycled polyester which requires less energy input than producing virgin polyester from scratch.

Alumina processing requires high-energy consumption and therefore greenhouse gas emissions are associated with the production of refined alumina, however the thermal benefits of product mainly offset this emission.

 

  • Greenhouse intensity Acousti-Tech Lead 6:     0.4 kgCO2e/m²
  • Acousti-Tech Lead 4.5:  0.3 kgCO2e/m²
  • Acousti-Tech Lead 3.3:  0.2 kgCO2e/m²
  • Acousti-Tech Maximum: 0.3 kgCO2e/m²
  • Acousti-Tech Premium:  0.2 kgCO2e/m²
  • Acousti-Tech VP:          0.2 kgCO2e/m²
  • Acousti-Tech Ceramic:  0.08 kgCO2e/m²

 

Calculation is based on data sourced from Bath University

Transport intensity - Product is manufactured in Canada. GHG intensities for shipping product are shown below, provided that shipping port from country of origin is Montreal and destination port is Sydney.

Greenhouse Intensity for Container Shipping of:

  • Acousti-Tech Lead 6:        0.14 kgCO2e / m²
  • Acousti-Tech Lead 4.5:     0.01 kgCO2e / m²
  • Acousti-Tech Lead 3.3:     0.1 kgCO2e / m²
  • Acousti-Tech Maximum:    0.01 kgCO2e / m²
  • Acousti-Tech Premium:     0.1 kgCO2e / m²
  • Acousti-Tech VP:              0.05 kgCO2e / m²
  • Acousti-Tech Ceramic:      0.1 kgCO2e / m²

 

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 –Product can assist in reducing energy cooling and heating loads, saving on energy and therefore reducing greenhouse gas emission of fossil fuelled plants.

Re-use Efficiency –  In floating floors, the membranes can be re-used when floor covering is replaced. Product is also recyclable, saving on energy consumption and greenhouse gas emission of production of virgin materials.

Toxics and Pollutants –  Product itself has no known toxic and pollutant impacts.

Product contains a small percentage of aluminium. The process of alumina refinement generates plant emissions, including coal dust, fugitive lime dust, alumina dust and aerosol generated from plant process liquor including fluorine/fluoride emissions that are known toxins.

Ozone Depletion – Product does not result in ODP in production or in use.

Urban Heat Island Effects – Not applicable.

Noise – Thermo-acoustical underlayment for hard surface will considerably reduce impact and airborne noise. See CSIRO test report resulting in a Lnw+C of 55/54 for the Acousti-Tech 3.3.

Biodiversity

The use of minor volumes of virgin polyester generates biodiversity impacts through the atmospheric emissions generated during the refining and manufacturing processes of the virgin polymer. 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. The use of recycled polyester reduces these impacts.

Products contain a small percent of aluminium. Bauxite mining leads to modified soil profiles, topography and drainage which impacts natural vegetation and biodiversity impacts. Aluminium smelting has significant potential microorganism, animal and vegetation impacts up to within 5km of smelters.

 

RESOURCE DEPLETION

Resource Efficiency

Large amount of the products components are derived from recycled or reclaimed materials. Polyester content come from post-consumer and post-industrial waste. The use of recycled materials decreases the need for virgin plastic production. The product itself can be recycled.

Embodied Fossil Fuel Energy

Embodied Fossil Fuel Energy for:

  • Acousti-Tech Lead 6:     15 MJ/m²
  • Acousti-Tech Lead 4.5:  9.33 MJ/m²
  • Acousti-Tech Lead 3.3:  6.5 MJ/m²
  • Acousti-Tech Maximum:9.9 MJ/m²
  • Acousti-Tech Premium:6.4 MJ/m²
  • Acousti-Tech VP:            4.20 MJ/m²
  • Acousti-Tech Ceramic:  34.7 MJ/m²

Calculation is based on data sourced from Bath Uni, UK and Baggs, Ecospecifier

Transport intensity - Product is manufactured in Canada. Energy intensities for shipping product are shown below. Shipping port from country of origin is Vancouver. Destination port is Sydney.

Energy Intensity for Container Shipping of:

  • Acousti-Tech Lead 6:        1.7 MJ/m²
  • Acousti-Tech Lead 4.5:     1.08 MJ/m²
  • Acousti-Tech Lead 3.3:     0.78 MJ/m²
  • Acousti-Tech Maximum:    1.15 MJ/m²
  • Acousti-Tech Premium:     0.78 MJ/m²
  • Acousti-Tech VP:              0.53 MJ/m²
  • Acousti-Tech Ceramic:      1.78 MJ/m²

Embodied Water

No information is available.

Durability

Made of synthetic fibre and needle punched technology, the durability is extensive. Product keeps its acoustical properties and structural stability over time.

Reusability

In floating floors, the membranes can be re-used when floor covering is replaced. It is practically impossible to separate the membrane from the floor covering if it is glued down, however if the membrane is not glued to the substrate then re-using is possible for the next floating floor covering if relevant.

Repairability

Product cannot be repaired.

Design for Dematerialisation

Product is not designed for dematerialisation.

Design for Disassembly

Product is not designed for disassembly.  

Recyclability

Product is recyclable, recycling facilities are common throughout Australia.

Maintenance

Product does not require maintenance.

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)

No.

ECOSPECIFIER ISSUES OF CONCERN / RED LIGHT

None.

Information last verified on 21st August 2017.

 

ASSESSMENT COMPARISON

Underlay, thermos-acoustic insulation.

 

RELATED TOPICS

Floors, Insulation & Acoustics.

sustainability criteria satisfied

Workplace OHS, Occupant Health, Human Wellbeing

Low/Reduced offgassing

Reduced or no toxicity through life cycle

Reduced electromagnetic radiation

Improved indoor environment

Habitat & Biodiversity Conservation

Reduced terrestrial impacts

Reduced aquatic impacts

Reduced waste generation

Air Pollution

Reduced or no toxicity through life cycle

Reduced GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions

Resource Depletion

Recycled content- post consumer min 20%

Resource efficiency

Energy Resources

Reduced embodied energy

Downstream reduction of energy use

Other Vital Signs

Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)

Documented manufacturer claims

Expert Assessment