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Digital nomads combine work, education and travel as they explore the world. IVC’s Nomad collection combines this flexibility with ultimate comfort and a unique personality. The loose lay heterogeneous vinyl floors are easy to install, and since no glue is used, they are a breeze to take out again. Nomad is available in 2M and 4M width rolls. And with the versatile modern and traditional wood designs, concrete looks and playful colours, there’s a trendy style for every place and time.
The flooring asset with complete liberty
- Innovative solution for new buildings and renovations
- Two fibre glass layers ensure stability and rigidity
- 100% recyclable thanks to glueless installation
- Sound reduction up to 20 dB
- Available in 2 and 4-metre wide rolls
The floor consists of 7 layers:
- Polyurethane layer Hyperguard+
- Glass fibre 1
- Compact backing
- Glass fibre 2
- High density foam backing
IVC’s journey to 2040
Through the combination of a sustainable approach and advanced product innovation, IVC strives to be an industry leader in eco-friendly flooring. Alongside the actions they’ve already taken to reduce their environmental impact, the IVC Journey 2040 is made of bold targets for the production of Carpet Tiles, LVT and Heterogeneous Vinyl that will help us to achieve a better future. They also know that true sustainability is not just how they make products and so they are setting key goals for IVC’s cultural and ethical development.
IVC wants to fully cut-out emissions, eliminate waste and use 100% renewable energy by 2040.
Close the loop
IVC wants to create a completely closed loop in materials, technologies and processes by 2040.
A leader in innovation
IVC wants to be known for innovation in solutions that contribute to a better quality of life.
Towards more sustainable flooring solutions
At IVC Commercial, they’re doing more to develop a circular approach to the future of flooring by designing and manufacturing innovative commercial solutions made with the future in mind. On their journey to zero impact by 2040, they are working towards cutting out CO² emissions and achieving closed-loop production for the Carpet Tiles, LVT and Heterogeneous Vinyl floors.
Design and innovation of sustainable flooring towards a circular future
Every action IVC takes in the design and development of IVC’s flooring solutions centres on their belief that sustainability starts with delivering high-performance products. By extending product life in solutions that respond to the needs of customers, IVC develops more future-proof solutions. But the story of their product design and development extends beyond pure performance: they look for opportunities to make their solutions in ways that are more sustainable too. From the largest PVC recycling plant in flooring to running on renewable energy and creating installation solutions that eliminate toxic adhesives, they’re going beyond flooring.
Smarter manufacturing for sustainable flooring with the future in mind
IVC makes flooring in some of the industry’s most advanced and efficient production sites. Producing the floors for commercial projects in Europe at four sites in Belgium and Luxembourg, they are in complete control of raw materials and manufacturing from start to finish.
Harnessing the elements
When making flooring solutions, IVC relies on natural resources as much as possible to reduce the environmental impact of their manufacturing processes. From wind to water, IVC makes every effort to find the most sustainable way to use them.
In 2014, IVC Group built an on-site wind farm in Avelgem. The three turbines generate around 11,000 MWh of renewable electricity every year. They use this clean electricity to power their production facilities and electric trucks in Avelgem, putting what’s left over back into the grid for others.
The manufacture of high-grade Heterogeneous Vinyl floors needs cooling water to absorb heat. IVC Commercial has invested in a bold experiment that uses river water as a secondary coolant for their Avelgem plant.Using only a minimal amount of energy, water is pumped up the river and circulated around the plant in a closed-loop flow that relies on thermal exchange to cool processes with no direct contact. The Scheldt Project has given a 30% energy efficiency uplift in the production of the LVT and Heterogeneous Vinyl floors. The closed-loop system has also seen a 40% reduction in process water use between 2010 and 2019.
The home of IVC’s commercial and design departments, the iconic landmark of the Flooring Development Centre (FLDC), uses solar panels to provide the power needed to invent the innovative flooring solutions. The panels account for 40% of the FLDC’s total energy requirement.
Producing LVT requires cooling at a significantly lower temperature than those from the Scheldt Project, so for the interests of efficiency, they use natural and biodegradable gases. Free (or dynamic) cooling is perfectly safe for the ozone layer and occurs when the outside temperature is lower than the process water temperature. Cutting out the need for heat exchangers or other gadgets, it saves 40% more energy than mechanical cooling.
Responsibly using what we need
Next to harnessing the power of wind, water, sun and air, we also take action to use the materials we need responsibly. We make every effort to find efficient and sustainable ways to use the resources we need.
Since 1997, IVC Group has been recycling vinyl waste generated in the manufacture of products. IVC salvages vinyl scraps and surplus vinyl paste, re-using it in the production of LVT and Heterogenous Vinyl. Along with the world industry’s largest PVC recycling facility, they process in excess of 100,000 tonnes of PVC waste every year.
Recycled materials make their way into solutions from IVC Commercial with anywhere from 35 to 50% by total weight of the LVT floors made from recycled PVC. Alongside, IVC’s carpet tiles feature high-performance yarns with up to 40% recycled polyamide content. The company is also working hard on the EU Circular Flooring project, trying to find a way to recycle post-consumer vinyl floors into a material they can use in new solutions.
Carpet tile recovery
ReCover is IVC’s carpet tile recovery programme, taking old carpet tiles out of the waste stream. The scheme is open to any carpet tiles which can be recovered and regenerated into raw materials and secondary fuel.
While IVC uses water as coolant in closed loop processes, they do also use water for cleaning during printing processes, making sure they collect, process, purify and recycle the water without any exposure or risk to the outside environment.
Certified actions in sustainable flooring
With ISO 14001 compliance, they demonstrate their commitment to making sure that their manufacturing processes operate to a defined methodology. This allows them to fully understand their impacts and the positive reductions of their actions towards developing a circular approach to flooring. IVC also works hard to make sure that the Carpet Tiles, LVT and Heterogeneous Vinyl floors meet the world’s strictest environmental standards and performance measurements, so you can be confident that IVC floors contribute positively to your project. They only work with REACH compliant materials suppliers in Europe. REACH is the European regulation for raw materials, safeguarding the integrity and quality of IVC’s commercial floors.
Air quality at every stage
The manufacture of floors releases low concentrations of VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Thanks to end-of-pipe technology and a vigilant testing and monitoring programme, they remain in line with the strictest European regulations and anti-pollution laws. The water-based inks and PU coatings completely eliminate the risk of hazardous toxins being released into the air, and as a plus, markedly reduced their overall carbon footprint. In use IVC’s floors exceed the most stringent worldwide standards, with the Heterogeneous Vinyl and LVT floors carrying France’s A+ label, Germany’s DIBt/AgBB, DGNB and GUT and the USA’s FloorScore® certification. In short, you can be confident that IVC’s floors have no negative impact on the quality of indoor air.
Green building standards
Partnering with an externally licensed assessment agency, IVC calculates their contributions to BREEAM, LEED, WELL, DGNB and Greenstar. As a result, IVC Commercial floors can contribute positively to environmentally accredited buildings and projects.
Environmental Product Declarations
Through Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) IVC produces Environmental Profile Declarations (EPD) for the entire life cycle of IVC Commercial floors. Addressing all key environmental issues, EPDs are a great way to fairly assess the true impact of the flooring materials you choose.