Seamless flooring solutions provider Flowcrete completed a multi-million dollar
sustainable renovation to its UK-based headquarters in April that reduced its
energy consumption by 93%, as compared to its previous offices.
A number of energy-saving products used on the new structure were sourced
from multiple RPM companies. They include air barrier and window sealants
from Tremco Commercial Sealants & Waterproofing, a vegetated roof with
waterproofing from Tremco Roofing & Building Maintenance and an exterior
insulation system from Dryvit.
The green roof is comprised of a living carpet of plants and will absorb carbon
dioxide, add thermal insulation and provide an environment for native birds,
insects and other wildlife. It will also absorb up to 75% of rainfall, which solves
the problem of flash flooding caused by previous drainage issues.
Wind catching technology, solar powered vents and opening window lights
create natural ventilation, while Flowcrete resin floor finishes incorporate recycled
glass and mirrors to enhance light reflectivity of the floor and reduce its carbon
footprint. Of course, Flowcrete utilized its own energy efficient Isowarm underfloor
heating system in the construction. Its use of hot water from an air source heat
pump eliminates the use of boilers and keeps costs and environmental impact
to a minimum. The building has no air conditioning, but instead is cooled by
reversing the underfloor heating system so that it absorbs heat.
A video of the building renovation and construction can be viewed at
LEFT: In addition to being green,
the headquarters is also a showcase for Flowcrete’s various floor finishes. | MIDDLE: Flowcrete’s new headquarters is energy efficient and designed
with the latest sustainable features. | RIGHT: The outdoor courtyard, featuring Flowcrete flooring,
provides a bright, airy meeting and relaxation space for employees.