Reusable and recyclable flexible/rigid floor: Life cycle analysis and improvement options

Comparative environmental assessment study between Versaflex reusable and recyclable pavements ans conventional porcelain stoneware pavements in the life cycle between the extraction of raw materials and spilled/recycling of waste.


Life cycle analysis (LCA) summarized as cradle to tomb or reuse/recycle. Main indicators used: manufacturing energy, CO2 emissions from manufacturing, installation water, solid waste and environmental toxicity. Includes: summary LCA design, determination of pavement removal/reuse scenarios according to market standards for commercial surfaces, collection and/or preparation of technical-environmental data, diagnosis and analysis of the existing situation and future production hypotheses of Versaflex, comparison with the conventional system, determination of improvement options for the reduction of impacts and simulation of results with improvements incorporated in the manufacturing process.


Client: Interface Europe Ltd

Ceramics: Versaflex system, consisting of porcelain stoneware tiles on polypropylene mesh and flexible joint in thermoplastic elastomer SEBS) and conventional system, consisting of porcelain stoneware tiles on cement mortar

Year: 2008-2009


Photography rights: Societat Orgànica