November 14, 2005

Stonescape offers PVC-free flooring for green buildings

Amtico, a division of American Biltrite (Canada), has just introduced what it says is North America's first flooring product free of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and plasticizers widely used in conventional industrial, commercial and institutional flooring materials. As such, Stonescape, the new flooring, emits no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and is suitable for use in the construction of green buildings.

Like conventional vinyl composite tile (VCT), Stonescape is made largely from limestone. Unlike VCT, however, it replaces the PVC and stabilizers with a patent-pending polymer process which makes Stonescape a more environmentally friendly material.

In addition to its environmental benefits, Amtico says its Stonescape offers superior levels of toughness, durability and resistance to fire and fading. It can sustain up to 2,000 psi of pressure, handling light forklift traffic without cracking, and is designed with sound-deadening and absorption properties in order to reduce noise generation and suppress sound resonance.

Amtico is a participant in LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), an initiative of the U.S. Green Building Council, a coalition of building industry companies working to promote environmentally sound, healthy and profitable buildings.

More information is available from John Kronemeyer, vice-president, sales and marketing, flooring division, American Biltrite (Canada), 905/507-2402, ext 225, FAX 905/507-2388, E-mail

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