Since February 2014, only the new standards EN ISO 10581/10582 have been approved for classifying wear classes of polyvinyl chloride floor coverings homogeneous / heterogeneous). They replace the European product standard EN 649. Prior to this, a transition phase had been in place since September 2011, in which the use of both standards was tolerated.
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• New Composition of ERFMI’s executive Committee:
John Patsavellas – president Altro
Fabrice Barthélemy – member Tarkett
Willem Burmanje – member Forbo
Pierre Convers – member Gerflor
Andreas Müller – member Nora
• Jean-Yves Simon re-elected as chairman of the Technical Committee
• Formation of a marketing contact group with one member per company
With these members as group or with selected task groups the new website will be kept up to date.
This Group will also function as a panel for marketing specific issues regarding ERFMI
• New Website
After some modifications and fine tuning the launch is foreseen in July 2017
Further elements still to be developed are an international version of a ‘Technical explorer’ and a password protected website
• Responsibility Pledge
A draft document will be developed by a special taskforce.
When accepted it will become an element for the website.
• ISO 20326: 2016
Resilient floor coverings – specification for floor panels / assembly for loose laying.
This standard covers all multilayer products with a resilient on top not having a PVC core, but cores like MDF, HDF, WPC with or without wood fiber.
This standard will be proposed to become an EN_ISO standard and then EN14085_2010 will be withdrawn
• Harmonisation of technical standards for modular floor coverings with a mechanical locking system
The work is going on, therefore so far no changes foreseen for:
and ISO 20326 -2016 (see above)
• EN14041 – CE mark
The standard is out for no voting without VOC classes, because the EU delegated act is still not out.
Important is the standard will be approved at this stage.
Revision will follow after the delegated act is in place.
Latest news: the proposed model is again changed. We will keep you informed.
• Recycling projects for PVC floor coverings
ERFMI members are interested in a follow-up of the Fraunhofer dissolution project. We have applied for support from VinylPlus.
Oreade Suez has made the first tests with post-consumer PVC material to supplied by AgPR to neutralize occurring HCL to NaCl. This NaCL has to be purified to be used for the production of soda ash e.g. for glass production.
Results are promising but still a long way to go.
On 27 January 2017, the SlipSafe Consortium had invited to its final Workshop at the VLEVA Conference Centre in Brussels presenting the development and results of its European project SlipSafe. It attracted around 50 participants that gained an insight into this European project focusing on key innovations for the next flooring generation.
1st session: Outcome of the SlipSafe Project
The event was opened by Alexandre Dangis, EuPC Managing Director, who gave an introduction presentation on the SlipSafe project.
The first Workshop session was then dedicated to the outcome of the project. Jan Diemert from the Fraunhofer Institut fuer Chemische Technologie gave an overall technical summary of the SlipSafe project, followed by a presentation of Martin Becken from GTE Industrieelektronik GmbH on a new slip test device for in situ testing. The session was concluded by a Q&A session covering a lot of questions from the audience.
2nd session: EU funding in the development of Research and Innovation
After a coffee break, Cathy Pouret from EASME, the Executive Agency for the Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, of the European Commission gave an outline on EU funding in the development of Research and Innovation and presented the H2020 SME Instrument programme.
3rd session: Vision of the Standard Bodies, Associations and Industry
The third session featured different visions from the standard bodies, associations and the industry. Jens Fellhauer from Bundesverband Keramische Fliesen e.V. focused on the importance of slip resistance testing, followed by a presentation from Richard Catt from the Contract Flooring Association on his association CFA as a 21st century trade body. The session was then concluded by Olivier Ceysson from Gerflor who outlined an industrial perspective on slip resistance solutions.
After another Q&A session, all participants were invited to a networking lunch.
1. Prevent growing complexity (and costs) by harmonisation of test methods
ERFMI is considering it as vital to develop more harmonised test methods to ensure the maintenance of high quality standards in the whole floor covering industry. Therefore, ERFMI will stimulate and support new initiatives on harmonisation of test methods. A consistent set of harmonised technical test methods for modular floating floor covering panels with a locking system is missing up to now.
As the present harmonised standard for the CE mark (EN14041) is long overdue, we see countries introducing new national legislation on essential requirements. These requirements are not covered in the present European standard, but foreseen in the revised one. The consequence of the development of new national requirements is a growing complexity of the required labelling system and costly additional external testing.
ERFMI is inviting all parties to work together to speed up the process of finding mutual standards to avoid unnecessary further complexity and to build a harmonised and cost-effective set of standards for testing together.
2. Close cooperation on taxation issues pays off
Close cooperation between various industries pays off. It has stopped the planned taxation on PVC floor coverings in Sweden. However, we stay alert: new taxation barriers in Turkey are a new target and ERFMI successfully got full attention for the case by the European Commission. Members of ERFMI are informed and we hope that the General Direction in charge will reach a positive outcome for our industry.
3. Membership of ERFMI
Dickson Constant, producer of woven vinyl flooring is a new member of ERFMI per 1st January 2016. Dickson Constant fulfils all the conditions in the present articles of the ERFMI association. These articles are very restrictive and prevent many companies that already expressed their wish to become a member from joining ERFMI. Therefore, the plenary of ERFMI is considering a change of conditions that opens up ERFMI to these and other valuable entrepreneurs in our industry.
ERFMI – European Resilient Flooring Manufacturers’ Institute – has published here on its website an updated tool to establish Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) for nine resilient product categories. Following the first version of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) studies in 2008, this EPD-calculator is based on a completely updated dataset. In collaboration with www.pe-international.com, a series of Environmental Product Declarations have been developed. The goal was to gather data for a European wide Life Cycle Assessment which is 3rd party certified and provides transparency on the impact of all relevant resilient flooring categories over the complete life cycle of the product, meaning from manufacturing, installation, removal and maintenance of the product during its lifetime.
The use of the EPD calculator on the ERFMI website is easy and fast: the user can determine his project description and expected service life as well as the chosen flooring product. Based on these pieces of information, the EPD calculator generates within seconds a detailed EPD that provides all necessary data to evaluate the environmental impact of the flooring material including toxicity for its whole life cycle.
EPDs are mainly used to have a common platform of comparing various products and their impact to the environment. Within a building certification program, an EPD can contribute to a better transparency and visibility and therefore help decision makers to choose products according to their preferences or regulations.
The EPD documents (however not considering a Reference Service Life, RSL) are also published at:
- IBU (Please scroll down in the list to ERFMI’s EPDs)
- DGNB-Navigator (Please go to the right to the search fields for manufacturers and click on “ERFMI vzw”).