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Australia's leading online building materials & technologies database EcoSpecifier; Update #46

Product listings update:

GECA Ecolabel Certified - Stair Lock - E0 MDF Stairway Systems
E0 MDF Stairway Systems and Balustrades that are suitable for commercial and residential constuction purposes. All fibre for the stairs originates from plantation forests, with the exception of Victorian Ash, which originates in non-high conservation value forest communities. They are not treated with fungicides or insecticides. Product does not use traditional glue blocks or wedges and is easily assembled and disassembled for materials to be recovered for recycling.

Honeywell - Zeftron® Solure™ Nylon Carpet Fibre
Nylon Carpet Fibre for premium solution-dyed nylon carpet, that is suitable for residential or commercial areas, including high traffic areas. Zeftron Solure carpet is stain resistant and tested for durability, traffic, construction, tuft bind, UV stability and anti-static composure.

Bridgestone Airstep - Textile Underlay
Textile carpet underlay made predominantly from recycled fibres and are suitable for commercial, retail, education and residential purposes. Textile underlays are a low allergy risk and low VOC, meeting the "Green Label Plus" requirements, and have minimal thickness loss over time. Made by Smith Family not for profit organisation, the funds raised by the sales of these products helps support disadvantaged Australian children.

Feature articles:

New research proves Marmoleum flooring kills MRSA
Independent and extensive scientific testing has proven that Forbo's Marmoleum® flooring (an ecospecifier-listed product) is inhibitory to the growth of common hospital pathogens, including MRSA. These latest test results support Marmoleum's use as a recommended flooring product to be used in hospitals in the fight against infection.

Future Materials: MESHGLASS
Meshglass is an enhanced flexible tiling system, comprised of stained-glass and mirror pieces connected via a fiberglass underlayment, that is currently based in USA. It may be easily overlaid onto complex, curvilinear surfaces like pool shells and furniture. Moreover, the glass in the product is entirely UV-stable and 100% recyclable.

Upcoming events:

Understanding Sustainable Development - a practical workshop series
Tue 3 October: RAIA, 70 Merivale St, South Brisbane.
AGDF, in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency, is running a four part workshop series aiming to provide an overall look at the various components of sustainable development in its various stages.

Feng Shui Conference Day
Sun 22 October: Irish Club - Parkinson St - Weston, Canberra
Mary Lou Kelly, Managing Director of ecospecifier, will discuss how Energy Flow in buildings can be further enhanced by the integration of ecological and healthy building materials, and technologies, and also about how understanding the life cycle of building materials and having a set of criteria will assist you to make informed choices that will improve the quality of life for all both now and in the future.

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