Sustainability

Sustainability

At Signature Floorcoverings we understand that there is a limit to the world’s resources and that every decision that we make has a clear consequence on future generations.

Manufacturer’s can no longer maintain processes which deliver the best bottom line results, nor can they cling on to the old habits. Signature Floorcoverings can quickly adapt to changing market and sustainability demands by partnering with the best factories from across the globe that meet our strict sustainability requirements. Signature Floorcoverings is not committed to any one type of equipment, which means that our products are produced with the latest most sustainable technologies of our time. We are also proud to be the leading exporter of Australia’s strict environmental standards for production of floorcoverings to global manufacturer’s of the flooring industry. This ensures the most sustainable result is achieved.
Signature Floorcoverings chooses to work with the current industry accredited bodies to improve the sustainability of floorcoverings manufacturing rather than create our own in-house standards. The road to complete sustainability is a long one, however the journey has began and Signature Floorcoverings is taking a lead in delivering the latest sustainable initiatives the market has seen.

Constant improvement drives us every day!

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Accredited as Australia’s first Eco-Specifier Green Tag® GreenRate™ certified carpet tile flooring product, Signature Floorconcepts’ ‘FRIENDLY’ carpet tile collection sets the benchmark for environmentally friendly commercial flooring with its Level A Rating.

With 8 different patterns, and over 50 colours in either our thermoplastic or ComfiBak backing systems, Signature Floorconcepts now offer an excellent flooring product that offers full points to Greenstar focused projects.

‘FRIENDLY’ carpet tile ranges achieve 100% of the points in the Green Star™ Materials Calculator, thus providing specifiers with the opportunity to achieve the maximum available points in their projects. ‘FRIENDLY’ carpet tiles too have been assessed on material and constituent quality. ‘FRIENDLY’ carpet tiles are produced under ISO 14001 certified conditions where attention to material waste and energy efficiencies is closely controlled.

‘FRIENDLY’ carpet tile are assessed as a low VOC emission product and will gain you an additional 2 points in the indoor environment quality (in Greenstar IEQ) category. Warranted for fifteen (15) years, ‘FRIENDLY’ carpet tiles will provide cost efficient, design friendly, high performance flooring in your next Greenstar project, offering even more peace of mind for your specification.

With the choices available from our ‘FRIENDLY’ carpet tile ranges in pattern, colour and backing systems you have the perfect combination for function, performance and design from a single source of supply. Signature Floorconcepts are now clear leaders in the choice of flooring products to satisfy your sustainability needs, and even if your project isn’t Greenstar focused why wouldn’t you use a product that offers such valuable independent accreditations and won’t cost you any more.

The world’s desire for green buildings has created a huge demand for green products. Specifiers are actively seeking sustainable products and need to know which are better than others – and a way to sort claim from fact. In helping specifiers see instantly how a product rates against typical solutions, Eco-Specifier Green Tag® and GreenRate™ accreditation programs provide the industry with the assurance that accredited products have met the most stringent standards required for green building certification, and healthier living.

Accredited as Australia’s first Eco-Specifier Green Tag® GreenRate™ certified carpet tile flooring product, Signature Floorconcepts’ ‘FRIENDLY’ carpet tile collection sets the benchmark for environmentally friendly commercial flooring with its Level A Rating.

With 8 different patterns, and over 50 colours in either our thermoplastic or ComfiBak backing systems, Signature Floorconcepts now offer two excellent flooring products that offer full points to Greenstar focused projects. The ‘FRIENDLY’ carpet tile range joins Signature’s FLEXO™ rubber tile range being certified to this independent and rigorous environmental assessment. The ideal green floor not only looks great, it meets expectations for sustainable building practices and indoor environmental quality.

Both ‘FRIENDLY’ carpet tile ranges and FLEXO™ achieve 100% of the points in the Green Star™ Materials Calculator, thus providing specifiers with the opportunity to achieve the maximum available points in their projects. FLEXO™ rubber products contain up to 30% post-industrial recycled content, and manufactured with fully assessed and safe constituents. ‘FRIENDLY’ carpet tiles too have been assessed on material and constituent quality. As with Flexo rubber tiles, ‘Friendly’ carpet tiles are produced under ISO 14001 certified conditions where attention to material waste and energy efficiencies is closely controlled.

Both ‘FRIENDLY’ carpet tile and FLEXO™ rubber are assessed as a low VOC emission product and will gain you an additional 2 points in the indoor environment quality (in Greenstar IEQ) category. Warranted for twelve (12) years, Flexo rubber tile will provide cost efficient, design friendly, high performance flooring in your next Greenstar project and with a fifteen (15) year warranty the ‘Friendly’ carpet tile range offers even more peace of mind for your specification.

FLEXO™ rubber is preferred ‘green’ flooring for your next project in exactly the colour you want. Add to this the choices available from our ‘FRIENDLY’ carpet tile ranges in pattern, colour and backing systems and you have the perfect combination for function, performance and design from a single source of supply.

Signature Floorconcepts are now clear leaders in the choice of flooring products to satisfy your sustainability needs, and even if your project isn’t Greenstar focused why wouldn’t you use a product that offers such valuable independent accreditations and won’t cost you any more. The world’s desire for green buildings has created a huge demand for green products. Specifiers are actively seeking sustainable products and need to know which are better than others – and a way to sort claim from fact. In helping specifiers see instantly how a product rates against typical solutions, Eco-Specifier Green Tag® and GreenRate™ accreditation programs provide the industry with the assurance that accredited products have met the most stringent standards required for green building certification, and healthier living.

Signature Floorcoverings Pty. Ltd understands the need for innovation and leadership in the area of product stewardship. Furthermore, as a quality supplier of flooring products, Signature Floorcoverings Pty. Ltd appreciates that corporate, social and environmental responsibility goes beyond the point of sale and warranty periods. Signature Floorcoverings Pty. Ltd and its manufacturing partners are committed to responsible life cycle management and the core principles of product stewardship and extended producer responsibility.

We understand that stewardship solutions need to be realistic, manageable and importantly reflect realistic cost implications. The Australian market currently offers little in the ability to effectively recycle end of life materials, that is the separation and reuse of both backing and fibre used to produce carpets. Options, such as recolouring for resale of product strongly limits subsequent users in product construction and colouring, and the realistic demand for ‘second hand’ product is extremely low.

The prospect of transportation to overseas purpose built recycling facilities provides little benefit once the total environmental footprint is assessed. Our manufacturing facility is located near one of only two carpet recycling facilities in the world. We have the ability to separate and recycle returned materials. However like other manufacturers sending these material overseas for processing does not make sense for the purposes of sustainability.

Our solution, as clearly demonstrated in the GPT building at 530 Collins Street Melbourne project, is a reuse program, in conjunction with a recycle program. To date, this single project has seen in excess of 33,000m2 of our competitor’s products being taken back, cleaned, donated and reused in community projects. Our use of premium fibres, particularly Antron, sees Signature products now being able to offer significant warranties. In effect most commercial carpet tiles will not ‘wear out’ and this allows us to confidently offer a realistic ‘re-use’ program of stewardship. For further details on our achievement at the 530 Collins St project can be provided by contacting your Signature Floorconcepts representative.

Our products are designed for disassembly; materials that could not be salvaged through a simple clean and reuse program could still be salvaged for complete recycling. Also, our current Product Stewardship system has been 3rd party accredited by Eco Specifier which enabled us to be certificated as Green Tag Green Rate level A.

 

The Signature Floorcoverings Pty. Ltd Product Stewardship Policy and Lifecycle Management Plan is as detailed below:

In conjunction with our manufacturing partners and suppliers we will take back all carpet, carpet tile and rubber tile flooring products and re-use and recycle in the following ways:

  • Refurbishment of Signature ‘Friendly’ Carpet tile, ‘Intelli Tile’ Carpet Tile and Signature Rubber tile products for possible reuse by existing customer or on selling/remarketing to new customers.
  • On selling or donation of Signature ‘Friendly’ Carpet tile, ‘Intelli Tile’ Carpet Tile and Signature Rubber tile in existing condition, or refurbished if required, to other commercial businesses or organisations.
  • Disassembly of Signature Rubber tile for component and/or materials reuse in new product manufacturing.

Industrial sludge is one of the biggest problems facing manufacturing industries.
Signature Floorcoverings is proud to announce a revolutionary system of utilising factory sludge and turning it into fertiliser.

Our Friendly Tiles production facility collects all waste water-sludge into large tanks. The tanks separate the sludge from water. The water is then purified and filtered. The wet sludge is dehydrated, vacuum dried, and then sold off as organic fertiliser to the local nurseries.

Signature Floorcoverings is delivering environmental initiatives that reduce the demand on resources today, with the view to continuous improvement for tomorrow.

Signature Floorcoverings is proud to be a member of the Green Building Council of Australia.

The Green building council has been set up to:

  • standardise measurement of green buildings
  • promote integrated building design
  • recognise environmental leadership
  • identify building life-cycle impacts
  • raise awareness of green building benefits
  • reduce overall impact of buildings on the environment

Greenstar has been setup by the Green Building Council of Australia to enable the quantifiable measurement of sustainability for construction projects. Depending on the performance to set criteria, buildings are awarded between 1 to 6 stars with 6 stars being the highest possible rating.

Our GreenTag Ranges

To see our collection of Friendly Carpet Tiles:

Bouclé
Chakra
Earth
Genius
Kinetic
Tricot
Tundra
Tweed

To see our collection of Moduleo LVT planks:

Impress
Inspire
Transform

To see our collection of Flexo Rubber:

Contours
Structures
Textures

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