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FLOWCRETE UK - New Isocrete ‘Green’ Screed Powers Construction Sustainability To A New Level

Flowcrete UK – manufacturers of market-leading Isocrete Floor Screeds – has developed a revolutionary new green screed technology that combines a more sustainable product with enhanced performance credentials.

The company has given time-proven screeds in their range a green makeover with a new formulation that is free from Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC), contains 40 per cent recycled materials taken from industrial waste and has a reduced amount of both organic additives and natural silica sand content.

Systems within the Isocrete Floor Screeds’ range that have received the green makeover include Isocrete 1500, 4000 and 5000, Isocrete Self Level Plus, Isocrete Self Level Base, Flowscreed Industrial Top and Isocrete Self Level Renovation. Isocrete Screedfast is the next product in the range to receive the green re-formulation and will be released to market following site trials.

Alan Dean, Managing Director of Flowcrete UK, said: “This is an exciting development for Flowcrete, which will have a significant effect on sustainability within the construction industry.

“By re-formulating products in the Isocrete Floor Screeds range, we can now offer specifiers improved performance such as improved flexural and compressive strength, with the additional benefit of a significantly lower carbon footprint.

“The removal of OPC from the screed formula is a fantastic breakthrough, with a considerable positive impact on reducing carbon emissions.

“The re-formulation also replaces ingredients derived from natural sources, which in turn reduces the depletion of natural resources and therefore the energy used to mine and process these materials.

“Modern construction programmes place great demands on the products they use and today’s floor screed systems are no exception, needing to be fast, strong, safe and able to cope with the rigorous techniques and methods undertaken throughout the world.

“We are confident that the new green screed range will allow architects and specifiers to meet the most stringent green construction ratings such as BREEAM and the excellent results obtained from an independent life cycle assessment of the green screeds serve to substantiate this.

“Flowcrete are now able to offer the market a truly unique and sustainable flooring package through our new GREEN Floorzone solution. For example we can supply an eco-friendly resin floor finish such as Mondéco Mirrazzo, our newest terrazzo product which contains up to 60 per cent recycled material, a new Isocrete green screed, an energy-saving underfloor heating system and a noise-reducing acoustic foam layer to build up the surface of the floor from substrate to finish.

“The single source GREEN Floorzone offers sustainable benefits, with all products arriving on site from one source, with no wastage, with just one contractor responsible for the entire installation and with one Flowcrete warranty.

For almost 40 years, Isocrete Floor Screeds have been chosen by architects and specifiers for some of the world’s biggest projects, used extensively in areas including airports, stadia, hotels, hospitals, residential sites, offices, shopping centres, schools, colleges and universities and within this timeframe, millions of square metres of the systems have been installed.

The green makeover comes as Flowcrete heralds a new era in screed manufacturing – with the company installing a state-of-the-art plant at its Sandbach headquarters to increase production capability.

A new screed mixer facility, which represents a significant capital investment, has been installed at the company’s manufacturing centre, which can take the capacity from 7000 tonnes to more than 25000 tonnes per annum.

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