ECORE International, a company where recycling meets original thinking, recently received an honorable mention for its ECOsurfaces product at the 12th annual Starnet Design Awards, held at the El Conquistador Resort in Puerto Rico.
Starnet presented seven category winners, two honorable mentions, and one grand prize winner from a record 118 entries, representing 52 Starnet member companies. ECOsurfaces received the award in the Hospitality and Public Space category for the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel and Spa expansion project in Whorley, ID.
Featuring a fashionable selection of patterns and colors, ECOsurfaces commercial flooring offers architects and designers personalized designs for education, healthcare, retail, hospitality, recreation, corporate, and industrial applications. In addition to being made of high-quality recycled rubber, ECOsurfaces is FloorScore certified, meaning it complies with rigorous indoor air quality requirements for low-VOC emissions.
Starnet is the world's leading commercial flooring partnership. It is comprised of more than 170 locally owned full-service flooring contractors, representing more than 300 locations throughout North America. The Starnet Design Awards were established in 2000 to celebrate the creativity and talent of professionals in commercial flooring and interiors. The Design Awards honor entries based on the creative use of flooring, the integration of flooring into the overall design concept, and the successful achievement of client objectives.
26 August 2011, Lancaster, PA - ECOsurfaces Commercial Flooring is pleased to announce its donation and partnership with the non-profit organization, Greenspace. Greenspace, NCR, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering green real estate and economic development in the nation’s capital region, developing and implementing green policies, and providing stewardship of growing green communities.
ECOsurfaces has donated $2,500 worth of ECOrocks’ in Big Boulder for Greenspace’s Learning and Resource Center, a 12,000 square foot space at the Nationals’ Ballpark in Washington, D.C. The learning center is designed to meet LEED platinum standards and will be the region's place to showcase ideas and resources. It is projected to serve a market of at least 200,000 development professionals by building the skills and relationships necessary to create our green neighborhoods.
“ECOsurfaces is honored to support the Greenspace initiative to inspire, energize, and achieve groundbreaking partnerships and programs that bring vibrant green communities to life,” states Andrew Dodge, managing director of ECOsurfaces Commercial Flooring. To learn more about Greenspace NCR visit www.greenspacencr.org.
ECOsurfaces Commercial Flooring has launched a custom color application on the ECOsurfaces website called “Pattern Play.” The application allows a designer or potential customer to develop a custom color pattern using the standard ColorMill EPDM colors that are offered by ECOsurfaces.
“This application is something that has been a long time coming for ECOsurfaces. It will be a great tool for designers and customers to create a totally unique recycled rubber floor using ECOsurfaces’ custom capabilities,” explains Andrew Dodge, managing director of ECOsurfaces.
ECOsurfaces worked tirelessly with developers for several months to design and test this new tool that introduces some new capabilities to Pattern Play which officially launched on the ECOsurfaces’ website on Friday, July 29, 2011. Previously, designers and customers had to request custom pattern mock-ups from the manufacturer, which did not offer the instant gratification that Pattern Play can. Pattern Play encourages customers to “play” with EPDM colors to invent an exclusive custom pattern that they can see come to life (if they like it and choose to order it).
The EPDM color options are based on ColorMill™ colors that are manufactured by ECORE International at their Lancaster, PA facility. There are well over 25 different EPDM colors to choose from, ranging in colors from light grays and tans to bright blues, reds, and greens which allows you to create one-of-a-kind, distinct combinations. ECOsurfaces is also set to release several new EPDM color chips in the next few months.
Up to three custom color patterns can be developed at one time. As a standard, each combination must have at least 5% black, but could consist of a higher percentage of black depending on preference and design scheme. The desired color pattern can include between two and five EPDM colors, but no more than five.
Once complete, the custom color pattern can be printed. The printout includes a summary of what colors were chosen and their percentages within the formulation. If interested in receiving a quote for their custom pattern, customers can fill out the online form within the application to have an ECOsurfaces sales rep contact them. To begin designing, please click here.
ECORE International is excited to announce that in early 2012 it will be launching a new line of patterns for many of our brands incorporating eight new EPDM colors. While this line is not ready to be debuted, as part of the evolution of the ECORE ColorMill® EPDM palette and to make way for the new colors, a few less popular colors are being eliminated effective immediately. These drops will not affect the production of current stocked color patterns for ECOsurfaces.
The four colors are:
There is a limited amount of remnant stock of these four colors that may be used in custom patterns at full cylinder yields. To ensure continued availability for as many customers as possible, we are limiting the amount of material that may be used in a single manufacturing run. Specifically: The four colors may be used as long as they do not individually or collectively exceed a 30% total color concentration for any custom pattern. For example, 10% 2040, 10% 1904 and 10% 1906 is acceptable, however 20% 2040 and 20% 1904 is not.
LANCASTER, PA – April 1, 2011 – ECORE International, pioneer of the recycled rubber flooring industry for over 20 years, is proud to announce its new “Redeux” material take back program. As an advocate for sustainable design and eco-friendly living, ECORE has developed Redeux to further their commitment to reducing waste, reusing scrap, and recycling old products and samples in order to manufacture new.
Beginning April 1, 2011, ECORE customers now have the opportunity to send back old or remnant recycled rubber and cork products for recycling to ECORE’s Lancaster, Pennsylvania manufacturing facility. The Redeux program partners with building professionals committed to environmental stewardship by providing resources to recycle ECORE’s rubber flooring, underlayments, and rubber and cork industrial products after their useful life which will considerably help keep building materials out of landfills. The reclaimed material will be made into new flooring, underlayments, and industrial products by ECORE.
“The Redeux process is incredibly unique due to the fact that ECORE’s products are already made from recycled materials at their inception and now are able to be “re-recycled” again and again,” states Arthur B. Dodge III, ECORE’s chairman and CEO. “We are proud to be able to reuse our waste, reduce the amount of products going to landfills, and recycle; therefore significantly extending the life of each product we manufacture.”
Due to a proprietary process and complete quality control, no integrity is lost manufacturing new products from recycled materials. Quality is held to high standards due to ECORE’s own recycling capabilities, nothing is outsourced. These capabilities also reduce the use of fossil fuels by eliminating shipping to a separate rubber recycling company.
Customers must first submit an application to have their material accepted into the Redeux program which asks questions about the amount of material to be returned and confirms that the material is free of foreign contaminates like stones, wood, concrete, drywall, etc. Materials accepted into the Redeux program will be shipped to ECORE’s Lancaster facility to be sorted, shredded, cleaned and ground for the next generation of recycled rubber flooring, underlayment and industrial products.
All products manufactured by ECORE are applicable. Materials and samples that have been approved to be recycled include: ECOsurfaces Commercial Flooring, Everlast sports surfacing with Nike Grind, Everlast Contender, TRU, QT Sound Insulation, PlayGuard Safety Surfacing, Training Ground with Nike Grind, Pavesafe, and ECORE Industrial branded products. Materials with ECOguard coating, scrim, products installed with ECORE’s E-Grip III adhesive, and products made with ECORE’s patent-pending itstru Technology will also be accepted.
Materials will be taken back and recycled on a case-by-case basis. Unexpected and unapproved shipments will not be accepted. The full requirements for the Redeux program can be found on ECORE’s website, www.ecoreintl.com
As an active member of the U.S. Green Building Council, ECORE supports sustainable green building policies, standards and practices. The use and reuse of pre and post-consumer waste is foundational to ECORE’s business. With respect for the environment and an understanding that all resources are limited, the company has made responsible development of innovative and sustainable products a top priority.
LANCASTER, PA – March 14, 2011 – Lancaster-based manufacturer, ECORE International Inc., manufacturer of ECOsurfaces Commercial Flooring and Everlast sports surfacing with Nike Grind is pleased to announce the introduction of its patent-pending itstru Technology and the closing of its $40MM recapitalization and refinancing package.
The introduction of the itstru technology is combined with the introduction of a 98% post-consumer modular floor tile system designed for heavy duty commercial flooring applications. These product launches are building the framework for future manufacturing growth and reaffirm ECORE International’s leadership position as the rubber recycling innovator in the industry.
The corresponding recapitalization opens up opportunities for growth on other business fronts. “Our recapitalization and refinancing package sets the stage for an aggressive capital investment program in 2011 as well as continued investment in business development and prosecution of our intellectual property rights” states ECORE Chairman and CEO Arthur B. Dodge III.
Already committed to using resources to protect the environment, part of the capital investment will include the consolidation of two locations into one state-of-the-art recycling and manufacturing facility while not eliminating any jobs. The consolidation will increase recycling capacity as well as create efficiencies by eliminating resources used currently to transport rubber from ECORE’s Hanover facility to ECORE’s York facility. Dodge states:
“In 2011, ECORE will invest $4.0MM to consolidate our Hanover recycling facility to our York, PA campus. The move will give us over 100 million pounds of refined recycled rubber capacity. We will be able to process all forms of scrap rubber as well as efficiently reclaim our own materials in a closed loop process.”
ECORE International employs over 200 individuals in Central Pennsylvania and operates facilities in New York and California. ECORE’s origin dates back to 1869 when it operated as Dodge Cork Company. ECORE is best known as the creator of recycled rubber sports surfacing, playground surfacing, and equine surfacing products presently marketed under the Everlast, ECOsurfaces, QT, PlayGuard, and PaveSafe brands. ECORE holds two original patents and has two patents pending.
March 2011, Lancaster, PA – ECOsurfaces Commercial Flooring is pleased to offer the Next Generation Recycled Rubber Flooring Continuing Education Unit (CEU) through McGraw-Hill Construction’s Continuing Education Center. Designed to teach how new technology has advanced recycled rubber flooring in sustainability and performance, the course also details what to look for to get the most sustainable, highest performing flooring option.
Managing Director of ECOsurfaces, Andrew Dodge, states, “Our new CEU course is a great tool for the sales force to help educate designers and architects on recycled rubber flooring while qualifying for the sustainable design (SD) credit through AIA.”
The course highlights recycled rubber flooring’s sustainable aspects, ECOsurfaces’ new proprietary ECOguard maintenance coating, ECOrx’s ergonomic breakthroughs, technical Q&A’s, and many case studies with great installation photos. Other topics discussed in the CEU are the potential to earn up to 9 LEED credits by using ECOsurfaces Commercial Flooring and ECOsurface’s FloorScore certification. The course is learn at your own pace, and may be stopped and finished later. Completion earns you 1.00 AIA/CES Learning Unit through the AIA. The course may be taken here.
According to ECORE EVP of Sales & Marketing, Rich Campbell, “Gaining FloorScore certification for the third consecutive year represents ECORE’s on-going commitment to producing healthy products and using sustainable manufacturing processes. We make it a priority to ensure our products meet the highest building code standards and support the most stringent requirements for personal health and safety.”
ECORE products feature a combination of PVC-free recycled content and low VOC emissions that allows them to potentially contribute points toward Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Brands receiving FloorScore certification include ECOsurfaces Commercial Flooring, Everlast sports surfacing with Nike Grind, PlayGuard Safety Surfacing, and QT Sound Insulation. Each brand has been certified under “Rubber Tile and Roll Goods” and will retain its current certification for one year, necessitating renewal in October of 2011. As representation, ECORE has obtained registration number SCS-FS-01793.
Lancaster, PA – ECOsurfaces Commercial Flooring, manufactured by ECORE International and exclusively distributed by Gerbert Limited, announces the introduction of its premier laminated flooring product, ECOrx. ECOrx features a proprietary new factory-bonded composition that includes any standard ECOsurfaces pattern and a recycled SBR rubber underlayment, all manufactured in the United States at ECORE’s Lancaster, PA production facility.
The ECOrx system features patented technology that bonds ECOsurfaces’ wear layer and underlayment materials together enabling installation that previously included multiple steps to be completed in one swift process. The bonding of these resilient layers delivers superior surfacing support and durability for significantly low overall life-cycle costs.
“We are excited about the new application opportunities that ECOrx’s patented lamination technology has opened up for ECOsurfaces and how it will be a propelling force in the commercial and architectural markets,” states Kathryn Ross, director of marketing, ECORE International.
Because ECOrx is composed of two layers of recycled material, it includes an even greater source of sustainable content. With recycled rubber underlayment and a recycled rubber wear layer, ECOrx can contribute up to 9 points toward Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). It also meets the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) criteria, is FloorScore certified for indoor air quality, and supports the ASTM E2129-05 Sustainability Assessment.
The ECOrx collection features 83 standard colors, with a standard thickness of 15.2mm (3.2mm wear layer and 12mm underlayment). It is ideal for applications such as pharmacy counters, cash-wrap areas, checkouts, nurse’s stations, pediatric and neonatal units, ticket counters, bank teller counters, and other areas where an extra layer of cushioned support is beneficial.
ECORE International, manufacturer of ECOsurfaces products including ECOrx, has been at the forefront of recycling efforts since their inception in 1989. Twenty years ago, ECORE pioneered the recycled rubber flooring category. Today, as North America’s largest user of recycled scrap tire rubber, ECORE processes more than 80 million pounds of scrap tire rubber each year, and helps to conserve more than one million barrels of oil in the process to convert pliable treads into durable product solutions for commercial, industrial, and architectural applications.
Lancaster, PA – ECOsurfaces Commercial Flooring has announced the introduction of its revolutionary new coating: ECOguard. ECOguard is a maintenance coating designed to preserve the beauty of ECOsurfaces Commercial Flooring. It is applied at the ECORE International factory, manufacturer of ECOsurfaces, providing a superior protective finish right from the factory. “ECOguard brings long-term surfacing quality to a whole new tier,” states Kathryn Ross, director of marketing and internal sales, ECORE International. “An entire step of the installation process is averted and floors retain their beauty for years with minimal maintenance, which will help to lower overall cleaning costs.”
The factory application of ECOguard eliminates the need for initial on-site floor sealants, significantly reducing the time and cost of the installation process while delivering beautiful and protected floors. It also offers superior protection from dirt and scuff marks and promotes long-lasting durability for low life cycle costs. In addition, the water-based polymeric composition of the coating meets the most stringent indoor air quality standards as specified by the state of Washington through their FloorScore program. ECOsurfaces products are manufactured by ECORE International and distributed domestically by GerbertLimited. As North America’s largest user of scrap tire rubber, ECORE salvages more than 80 million pounds of scrap tire rubber from landfills each year, converting them into durable product solutions for the construction, consumer, sports and leisure, and commercial markets. As a founding and active member of the U.S. Green Building Council and other environmentally-focused organizations, ECORE has made it a responsibility to develop innovative, sustainable products and solutions.
Lancaster, PA – ECORE International develops innovative, sustainable solutions that improve lives while striving to conserve and increase the quality of the environment in which we all live. ECORE’s roots date back to the mid 1800s when it was founded as the Dodge Cork Company and in 1989 the company became Dodge-Regupol Incorporated. Nineteen years later, in January 2008, ECORE announced its new name and continued commitment to providing high-quality recycled rubber, cork, and cork/rubber products for the construction, consumer, sports and leisure, commercial, and industrial markets.
The ECORE International name reflects the company’s strategic focus on aggressively expanding its distribution of high quality, sustainable surfacing products and becoming a global market leader. From the beginning, ECORE has been at the forefront of recycling efforts. Twenty years ago, the company pioneered the recycled rubber flooring category. Today, as North America’s largest user of recycled scrap tire rubber, ECORE processes more than 80 million pounds of scrap tire rubber each year, helping to conserve more than one million barrels of oil in the process to convert pliable treads into durable products for the global marketplace.
As a founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), ECORE supports efforts to promote sustainable building practices and materials. Because of their positive environmental attributes, many of the building products produced, specifically our ECOsurfaces and Everlast recycled rubber flooring, have the potential to contribute points to the USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.
ECORE respects the environment and understands that all resources are limited. To that end, the company appreciates and celebrates the positive impact its products have on people and the planet. The organization supports the use and reuse of industrial and post consumer waste and the development of systems to reclaim and reuse its own products after their useful life. In addition, ECORE products pass the strictest indoor air quality tests and assurance methods for low emissions of total volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and our recycled rubber products are PVC free.
Many ECORE products, including ECOsurfaces Commercial Flooring, Everlast sports surfacing with Nike Grind, PlayGuard Playground Safety Surfacing and QT Sound Insulation Products, have earned FloorScore certification. The certification is given to products which meet stringent indoor air-quality testing requirements for low emitting building materials, and was developed by the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) in conjunction with Scientific Certification Systems (SCS). The FloorScore program complies with the IAQ performance requirements for low emitting building materials as independently established by SCS-EC-10-2004.
The test requires both independent laboratory testing and third-party certification to demonstrate compliance with California Section 01350 VOC emissions limits and includes certified site audit and documented control system requirements. Floor coverings bearing the FloorScore label meet these VOC emissions requirements. These flooring products qualify for use in high performance schools and office buildings.
ECORE also produces E-Grip III, a revolutionary zero-VOC adhesive. The low odor, one-component urethane adhesive is formulated for use with indoor and outdoor applications. The zero-VOC content of E-Grip III is far less than that which is required by the California “South Coast Air Quality Management District” (SCAQMD) Rule #1168 for adhesive flooring and sealant applications, the most demanding standard in the U.S. Based on these criteria, E-Grip III can potentially contribute one point toward LEED (Leadership in Environmental Energy and Design) certification for building projects.
ECORE’s interest in promoting product sustainability and environmental initiatives also extends well beyond its own corporation. The company currently partners with Nike by participating in its Nike Grind program. Through this effort, Nike collects industrial footwear manufacturing by-products from its operations and worn athletic shoes from consumers via a global recycling effort. These materials are used to produce Nike Grind rubber which is used in the manufacturing of ECORE’s Everlast sports surfacing and Training Ground products.
Proceeds generated by the Nike Grind program go toward providing disadvantaged communities all around the world with high-performance athletic surfaces. ECORE is committed to supporting this initiative and to growing these types of relationships as it continues to progress into the future. Several ECORE surfacing products include colorful rubber flecks made of ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM). In 2005, ECORE expanded its manufacturing capabilities to include the production of its own line of EPDM. Branded as ColorMill EPDM, it is peroxide cured to ensure low odor and color vividness and is comprised of organic fillers and approximately 20% post-industrial scrap, making it one of only a few EPDM lines in the U.S. to boast recycled content.
ECORE remains proud to be recognized as an industry leader in recycled products technology. The company manufactures a diverse portfolio of innovative, high quality products including commercial flooring, sports and fitness surfacing, impact sound insulation, playground safety surfacing, equine pavers, load securement materials, as well as materials used in the aerospace, automotive and industrial channels.
The company’s portfolio of brands includes:
ColorMill – In 2005, ECORE expanded its manufacturing capabilities to include the production of its own line of Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM). Branded as ColorMill EPDM, it is comprised of more than 20% post-industrial waste, and is one of only a few EPDM lines in the U.S.A. to boast recycled content. The product is peroxide cured to ensure low odor and color vividness. It is available in over 45 colors.
ECOsurfaces Commercial Flooring – Offering 83 color patterns in 10 different collections, ECOsurfaces provides superior performance and cutting-edge style, all in an environmentally friendly product. ECOsurfaces recycled rubber flooring is the perfect choice for applications within the healthcare, educational, institutional, retail, and hospitality markets.
Everlast with sports surfacing with Nike Grind – Made from the highest quality post consumer tire rubber and Nike Grind post industrial rubber, Everlast Sport Surfacing is available in traditional rolls and tiles as well as modular Ultra Tiles. It works across all fitness areas including weight rooms, cardio areas, performance training centers, and more.
Industrial – ECORE International manufactures and distributes an extensive portfolio of cork and rubber products to support the industrial, aerospace, and automotive market segments. Products include cork/rubber, composition cork, and masticated rubber materials.
PlayGuard Safety Surfacing – Composed of recycled SBR and EPDM rubber, PlayGuard tiles deliver cushioned support to minimize the impact of falls and to reduce the risk of serious injury for both indoor and outdoor play areas. They are also ideal for outdoor installations where direct adherence to the substrate is difficult, including rooftops and patios.
Pavesafe – ECORE’s interlocking rubber equine pavers provide long-lasting protection and comfort for a variety of equine flooring applications. The unique interlocking “dog-bone” shape of the pavers creates an aesthetic illusion of a brick or stone surface while providing all of the high-quality benefits of recycled rubber. Ideal for paddock areas, winner’s circles, barn corridors, and wash stalls, PaveSafe delivers exceptional durability, comfort, and slip resistance.
Training Ground with Nike Grind – Engineered to protect hard surface floors in high use areas such as home gyms, workout areas, and utility spaces, Training Ground is a resilient interlocking tile system for the quality conscious and environmentally aware. It’s produced from the highest quality post consumer tire rubber and Nike Grind post industrial rubber, making it the “greenest” option available for home gym flooring.
QT Sound Insulation – QT is the most tested sound control product in the industry. Backed by over 200 independent tests, QT resilient underlayment is applied directly under floor surfaces, yielding exceptional results even under hard surface flooring or over concrete and wood joist construction. In addition, the nearly 100 percent recycled content of QT products passes strict tests for indoor air quality, achieves FloorScore certification, and can contribute points toward LEED project certification.
ECORE Subsidiary Operations
A-Turf – A-Turf synthetic grass surfacing systems are known for consistent playability and superior durability. A comprehensive choice of systems including rubber & sand infilled, rubberonly infilled, and conventional (non-infilled) products give decision makers options to match an A-Turf surface to their needs and preferences.
SpectraTurf – SpectraTurf is a leading national manufacturer and installer of rubberized playground safety surfacing. The company has installed millions of feet of its SpectraPour pouredin- place surfacing and SpectraBound playground safety tiles at schools, parks, and playgrounds throughout the U.S.
SurfaceAmerica – Installers of premium recreational and athletic surfaces nationally since 1993, Surface America produces the most complete line of playground surfacing systems in the world. Products are offered in roll goods, mixed on-site systems, and a dense factory-molded product formulated for extreme durability.
Lancaster, PA – Before LEED became the hottest acronym in architecture and when green was just another pretty color, ECOsurfaces recycled rubber flooring was helping to pave the way for a movement that would change the building materials industry forever.
Introduced in 1998, ECOsurfaces products provide long wearing recycled rubber flooring to the educational, healthcare, retail, hospitality, institutional and fitness markets, among others. For more than a decade, the line has earned a reputation for durable surfacing that is as comfortable to walk on as it is fashionable, thanks to a selection of patterns and colors that make a unique design statement.
Its low life cycle costs and ease of maintenance have made ECOsurfaces products a favorite of building owners who had been searching for alternatives to VCT and carpeting. The fact that it happens to boast recycled content that is among the highest in the flooring business was a benefit that didn’t catch fire until the green building movement gained traction in the past four years.
ECOsurfaces flooring is comprised of post-consumer tire rubber and ColorMill EPDM, made from post industrial waste and organic fillers. These materials are bound together using a water based polyurethane polymer. The product line is produced using a low embodied energy manufacturing process that usesminimal water, avoids heat and reuses in-line scrap to decrease waste. The result is beautiful, environmentally responsible commercial flooring that passes the strictest tests for indoor air quality, lowVOC emissions and is recyclable.
All ECOsurfaces products are FloorScore certified, meet the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) criteria for indoor air quality with low VOCs and are designed to meet the stringent criteria required to earn points under 2 out of the 6 categories of LEED. Based on these criteria, ECOsurfaces products can assist specifiers by potentially contributing up to 7 points toward LEED certification.
Available in sheets and tiles, with 83 color patterns and 10 different collections, the ECOsurfaces line offers architects and designers endless designs possibilities. Collections include ECOsand, ECOearth, ECOrocks, ECOstone, ECOstars, ECOnights, ECOshapes, ECOrx and ECOmax flooring, as well as ECOcomfort and ECOsilence underlayment materials. All products are flexible and easy to cut, so virtually any idea can be translated into attractive floor installations.
Custom colors and logos are easily achieved with ECOsurfaces Commercial Flooring. And for the ultimate in versatility, the new ECOshapes collection gives designers the ability to achieve the look of a custom floor with a fraction of the effort. These pre-cut shapes, in a variety of color patterns, provide quick and easy out-of-the-box options, for stunning floor creations.
ECOsurfaces products are manufactured by ECORE International in Lancaster, PA and distributed domestically by Gerbert Limited. As North America’s largest user of scrap tire rubber, ECORE salvages more than 80 million pounds of scrap tire rubber from landfills each year, converting them into durable product solutions for commercial, industrial and architectural applications.
As a founding and active member of the U.S. Green Building Council, ECORE has made the responsible development of innovative, sustainable products and solutions a top priority.
Lancaster, PA – Designers and architects looking to create a unique flooring statement often turn to ECOsurfaces recycled rubber surfacing for its vast selection of 83 color patterns from 10 different collections. But the options don’t stop there. ECOsurfaces’ custom color program allows designers to create unique, one-of-a-kind color patterns for the ultimate in creative freedom. Using state-of-the-art technology, ColorMill® brand EPDM granules can be mixed to a client’s exacting specification for perfect color-matching. Ecosurfaces’ water-jet program allows intricate designs and logos to be easily cut from its flooring material, for a perfect fit in every application.
A combination of custom colors and custom water-jet designs, inspired by our customers, can be seen at Tweed Academy in New York, Corbin Motorcycle Seats and Accessories in Florida, Detroit Titan’s Basketball locker room in Michigan and Dell Children’s Medical Center in Texas, just to name a few. The newest addition to the ECOsurfaces line allows designers to achieve the look of a custom floor design with half the effort. ECOshapes offer a myriad of choices and out-of-the-box options for beautiful floor creations that are anything but ordinary. This new, pre-cut shapes and patterns collection features three versatile shapes in six color patterns that work well together or alone.
With more design options than ever, ECOsurfaces Commercial Flooring has become an industry leader in the rubber flooring category, serving all commercial sectors. ECOsurfaces collections include: ECOsand, ECOearth, ECOrocks, ECOstone, ECOstars, ECOnights, ECOshapes, ECOrx and ECOmax flooring, as well as ECOcomfort and ECOsilence underlayment materials.
ECOsurfaces products are manufactured by ECORE International and distributed domestically by Gerbert Limited. As North America’s largest user of scrap tire rubber, ECORE salvages more than 80 million pounds of scrap tire rubber from landfills each year, converting them into durable product solutions for commercial, industrial and architectural applications.
As a founding and active member of the U.S. Green Building Council and other environmentally-focused organizations, ECORE has made the responsible development of innovative, sustainable products and solutions a top priority. For more information on ECOsurfaces Commercial Flooring, please visit our website at www.ecosurfaces.com or call 1-877-326-7873.
LaGrange, GA – The U.S. Green Building Council has cited FloorScore certified flooring products as eligible for credits under the new LEED 2009 Version 3 guidelines. Reflecting the inclusion of FloorScore, the new LEED IEQ Credit 4.3 for Low-Emitting Materials has been expanded from “Carpet Systems” to “Flooring Systems” to include hard surface flooring.
FloorScore, developed by Scientific Certification Systems in collaboration with the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI), is a voluntary, independent certification program that tests vinyl, linoleum, laminate, wood, ceramic and rubber flooring and certifies that they meet the requirements of California Section 01350.
The major resilient flooring manufacturers that market products in North America certify their products under the FloorScore program. A list of FloorScore-certified products is available at www.rfci.com.
Several LEED systems specifically cite FloorScore as an indicator of indoor air quality, including New Construction (NC), Commercial Interiors (CI), Core and Shell (CS), Healthcare (HC), and LEED for Homes. FloorScore also is included in environmental rating systems such as the Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes, Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS), Green Guide for Health Care and EPA’s Tools for Schools.
Lancaster, PA – ECOsurfaces ® Commercial Flooring has been certified by an independent laboratory to meet the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) criterial (Section 01350) for indoor air quality in classrooms as described in the State of California’s Department of Health Services Standard Practice.
CHPS is the nation’s first school building rating program created to facilitate the design of high performance schools. Any California school that specifies and installs ECOsurfaces recycled rubber flooring can qualify for points under Indoor Environmental Quality Credit EQ2.2. A CHPS-certified school is a building that has strived to achieve excellence in environmental efficiency and healthy building practices.
All ECOsurfaces products are made from the highest quality, cleaned and shredded tire rubber (post-consumer waste) and colorful EPDM flecks (pre-consumer waste). Each line – ECOnights, ECOearth, ECOstone, ECOrocks, ECOsand, ECOstars, ECOcomfort, ECOsilence and ECOmax – supports the ASTM Sustainability Assessment, enabling designers and specifiers to celebrate the green properties and sustainability of ECOsurfaces products. Attributes include excellent slip resistance in both wet and dry conditions, superior durability, hides dirt and stains extremely well, meets the Washington state standard for low VOC emissions, features bright, consistent color throughout, and facilitates easy installation and maintenance. ECOsurfaces, available in over 80 color patterns, can also be customized using the 33-color palette for a personalized design.
ECORE International®, manufacturer of ECOsurfaces, was founded in 1989 and is located in Lancaster, PA. As North America’s largest user of scrap tire rubber, ECORE International has made a thriving business out of finding creative ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. The company manufactures and markets high quality, innovatively designed cork, cork/rubber and recycled rubber products. Each year, the company recycled 80 million pounds of scrap tire rubber, helping conserve more than 1 million barrels of oil to make viable solutions for OEM, industrial and architectural applications. The company is actively affiliated with the American Society of Testing Materials, US Green Building Council and US National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Lancaster, PA – ECOsurfaces announced this week that it has been selected as a recipient of the 2009 ADEX award. The ADEX Award is presented to honor the quality and design of furnishing and building materials and is one of the largest and most prestigious awards given for product design of fixtures, finishes, and furniture in the design trade. The ADEX award is sponsored by Design Journal and presented at platinum, gold, and silver levels based upon a judged scoring system. The ECOshapes collection from ECOsurfaces was selected as a silver level ADEX award winner for 2009.
“We are proud to be recognized as a leader in innovation, design, and quality. The ADEX award represents our
continued commitment to uphold and advance these principles in our product development, bringing versatility and
cutting-edge advances to the rapidly advancing commercial market.”
- Andrew N. Dodge, Managing Director, ECOsurfaces Commercial Flooring
Voting for the 2009 ADEX awards was conducted by highly qualified professionals in fields corresponding to predetermined evaluation categories. These judges were pulled from various areas of expertise within the design industry and are respected experts in their fields. Judging was conducted by awarding points to products within several different categories and totaling the points to determine whether a product was qualified to achieve a platinum, gold, or silver rating. The ECOshapes collection from ECOsurfaces met established standards to receive silver level ADEX recognition.
The ADEX award began in 1994 with the involvement of approximately 100 companies and has grown to include the participation of more than 500 companies, establishing itself as a credible means of distinguishing superior product design and quality. Design professionals, architects, and interior designers look to ADEX recognized brands as those who have exhibited superior quality and unparalleled product design- industry leaders and tenacious innovators. The ADEX award is sponsored by the international trade publication, Design Journal.
A full list of all the ADEX Award winners can be found here.
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Design Journal was established in 1994 and has grown to become a leading resource for architects, interior designers, and facility managers throughout the United States. As sponsor of the ADEX awards, Design Journal has established a well-known and trusted place within the design industry and has played an influential role in the decisions of buyers for over ten years. With up-to-date information on the latest product innovations and welltested knowledge of design appeal and the means to achieve it, the voice of Design Journal has become a familiar and welcome resource for design professionals.
Lancaster, PA – Ecore International, manufacturer of ECOsurfaces Commercial Flooring, announced today that it has been selected to the 2009 GoingGreen East 50 Top Private Company List. The GoingGreen East 50 Award is given to private, emerging companies creating new business opportunities in green technology. Ecore International was selected by the AlwaysOn editorial team based on demonstration of growth, market opportunity, quality of innovation and customer traction.
“As a company committed to environmental sustainability and product innovation, we are proud to be acclaimed as
a leading green company by the GoingGreen East 50 Award. This recognition represents our continuing
commitment of providing quality, sustainable and innovative products for a wide variety of applications.”
-Art Dodge, President, Ecore International
Ecore International and the other GoingGreen East winners will be recognized at the GoingGreen East Conference at the Four Seasons in Boston, MA, March 9-11. This two-and-a-half day executive conference is co-presented and will feature presentations and high-level debates from CEOs, journalists, industry experts, investors and greentech executives.
“The GoingGreen East 50 companies have demonstrated their tenacity even in the toughest economic conditions that the technology world has ever encountered,” said Tony Perkins, founder and editor of AlwaysOn. “We applaud their success in pushing the boundaries of innovation, creating market opportunities and transforming the industry even in the earlier stages of their businesses.”
The GoingGreen East 50 winners were selected from among hundreds of other technology companies nominated by investors, bankers, journalists and industry insiders. The AlwaysOn editorial team conducted a rigorous threemonth selection process to finalize the 2009 list.
A full list of all the GoingGreen East 50 winners can be found on the AlwaysOn website.
ALWAYSON ignited the open-media revolution in early 2003 by being the first media brand to launch a global blog network. In 2004, ALWAYSON continued to lead the media industry in innovation by introducing a social network where members can connect and engage. ALWAYSON is also revolutionizing the media business by applying its open-media principles to its executive event series (Summit at Stanford, OnMedia, OnHollywood, GoingGreen East and West, Venture Summit East and West) and quarterly print “blogozine” by empowering its members to post and share their ideas and meet each other online. As our loyal readers know, ALWAYSON is committed to the freemarket, merit-driven approach to reporting and event programming. No other media brand has dared to create such open interaction with its readers and event participants.
Lancaster, PA – ECORE has earned FloorScore certification for its ECOsurfaces commercial flooring, Everlast sports surfacing, PlayGuard playground safety surfacing and QT sound insulation products. The certification is given to products which meet stringent indoor air-quality testing requirements for low emitting building materials, and was developed by the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) in conjunction with Scientific Certification Systems (SCS).
“Maintaining the quality of the environment we live and work in has been a priority at ECORE since our inception, and indoor air quality is a key element of that interest,” said Kathryn Ross, marketing director. “FloorScore certification clearly demonstrates our commitment to this critical issue and provides our customers the added confidence that using one of our products can help assure the overall indoor air quality of their building."
The FloorScore program complies with the IAQ performance requirements for low emitting building materials as independently established by SCS-EC-10-2004.
The test requires both independent laboratory testing and third-party certification to demonstrate compliance with California Section 01350 VOC emissions limits and includes certified site audit and documented control system requirements. Floor coverings bearing the FloorScore label meet these VOC emissions requirements. These flooring products qualify for use in high performance schools and office buildings. Third-party certifier, Scientific Certifications Systems, Inc., reviews the results of VOC product emissions, as well as the raw materials and manufacturing processes.
Because of their positive environmental attributes, many of the building products ECORE produces, including ECOsurfaces commercial flooring, Everlast sports surfacing, PlayGuard playground safety surfacing and QT sound insulation, to name a few, already have the potential to contribute points to The United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.
USGBC’s LEED 2009 rating system document, currently open for member ballot, gives further support to FloorScore in its EQ Credit 4.3, which, if adopted, would provide LEED credit for low-emitting flooring systems, including hard surface flooring certified under the FloorScore program. In addition, the California Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) officially recognizes products certified under FloorScore for low-emitting materials credit (EQ2.2) in the CHPS Criteria.
“FloorScore certification not only assures that our products are in compliance with current indoor air quality standards, but can potentially allow us to offer our customers additional benefits under the proposed LEED 2009 rating system.” said Ross.
The Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) is an industry trade association of North American manufacturers who produce resilient flooring products. More information on the FloorScore certification program can be found at www.rfci.com.
As North America’s largest user of scrap tire rubber, ECORE recycles 80 million pounds of scrap tire rubber each year, helping conserve more than 1 million barrels of oil in the process to convert pliable treads into durable products for the construction, consumer, commercial, industrial and sports and leisure markets worldwide. www.ecoreintl.com