Tarkett’s Powerbond® RS is World’s First CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® Soft Surface Flooring
With a history of 140 years, Tarkett
is a worldwide leader in innovative flooring and sports surface solutions, with net sales of €2.8 billion in 2021. Tarkett have an impressive track record in developing flooring that prioritises the impact it may have on the health and well being of those who inhabit the space. Tarkett only recently expanded its CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® iQ®
Granit™ collection and introduced the coordinating iQ®
Eminent™ collection within their high-performance homogeneous vinyl sheet and tile products.
The newest addition to their portfolio of CERTIFIED products, Powerbond® RS flooring, is the world’s first soft surface flooring to be CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly®. Powerbond RS is a hybrid resilient flooring, meaning it combines the look and feel of carpet with the durability and cleanability of a resilient surface. Made with an impermeable, closed-cell cushion backing and installed with chemically welded seams, Powerbond RS provides a wall-to-wall moisture barrier to prevent mold and mildew. In addition, its low pile height allows for the easy removal of dust and allergens. In testing, 95 percent of allergens were removed effectively with a simple dry vacuuming..
“We congratulate Tarkett in achieving the asthma & allergy friendly® certification for the Powerbond® RS collection,” said Dr. John McKeon, CEO of Allergy Standards Ltd. “Tarkett has added its hybrid resilient flooring, which is the first in the soft surface flooring category to achieve certification, and we applaud their strong commitment to creating healthier indoor environments. This will make it easier for people with asthma and allergic sensitivities to find flooring options that meet their needs.”
“Powerbond was introduced in 1967 and, decades later, is still ahead of its time,” said Roxane Spears, vice president, sustainability for Tarkett North America. “Health and wellbeing are important topics for our customers. Powerbond RS was specifically developed to address potential problems associated with indoor air quality and building-related illness. This type of third-party certification gives validity to the innovative work Tarkett has done to create healthy, sustainable products.”
Exacerbation of asthma, allergies and other respiratory illnesses has been linked to exposure to indoor air pollutants, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Powerbond RS is made with low VOCs, including its pre-applied adhesive, ensuring the product installs quickly and contributes to healthy indoor air quality over the life of the floor.
“Launched over 50 years ago, Powerbond still has no equal in the industry,” said Spears. “Having this official Certification is a huge step forward not only for the flooring industry, but also for the millions of people who suffer from asthma and allergies.”
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