Certificates and coding

In order to provide customers with the best guarantees, our products are tested for their performance, safety and environmental friendliness by the most authoritative institutes and independent bodies.

Emicode EC1 is a trademark belonging to GEV, Gemeinschaft Emissionskontrollierte Verlegewerkstoffe, an association that controls the emissions of flooring products, adhesives and building materials, of which Vermeister SpA is an official member. EC1 corresponds to the “very Low emission” class, the best available. Only those products which satisfy the most stringent requirements for the control of emissions can be certified and labelled “EMICODE EC 1” or “EMICODE EC 1 PLUS”.

AIR QUALITY IMPROVEMENT (RULE 1113 ARCHITECTURAL COATINGS) AQMD (SOUTH COAST AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT) is an American pollution control agency. AQMD has drawn up the SUPER COMPLIANT ARCHITECTURAL COATINGS MANUFACTURERS LIST which groups together those manufacturers who have been able to formulate a product that complies with the very strict evaluation criteria applied by the institute in compliance with RULE 1113.

As far as adhesives and sealants are concerned, AQMD has set restrictive parameters in compliance with RULE 1168, which establishes limits for the content of VOC and prohibits the use of some substances considered to be extremely dangerous.

A keenness to perform in-depth research has no value unless it is backed by an equally efficient organisation and for this reason, in Vermeister we work using the “Quality Management System: UNI EN ISO 9001:2015” which enables us to: optimize the use of internal and external resources, qualify our presence on the market, reduce the production costs of goods and services and guarantee the consistency of our production.

In France, as from 1st January 2012, construction products installed indoors must bear a label certifying, in a specific and simple way, their level of emission of volatile organic compounds. The level of emission of the product is shown by a class which ranges from A+ (very Low emissions) to C (high emissions). Vermeister products in the Zero concept and Innovation ranges (as well as some products in other ranges) fall within the A+ class. The purpose of this labelling is to provide consumers with clear information about the VOC (volatile organic compounds) emitted by the products after 28 days of testing.

The use of green technologies and renewable materials is fundamental for the competitiveness, sustainability and safety of medium and long term supply sources. In Vermeister we promote the use of renewable raw materials in order to improve the performance and reduce the environmental impact of our products. In Vermeister promuoviamo l’impiego di materie prime rinnovabili migliorando così le performance e l’impatto ambientale.

The absence of solvents ensures a very low emission of volatile organic compounds, both during use and after the floor has been laid, guaranteeing a better work environment and a low environmental impact.

Cobalt compounds are used as siccatives in oil based products and for some years they have been classified as suspected teratogenes (harmful effect on the unborn child) and toxic for the aquatic environment. Methyl ethyl ketoxime, which has always been used as an anti-skinning agent in oil based products, has been classified as a suspected carcinogen for several years. The absence of this substance guarantees a better work environment, both during use of the product and after the floor has been laid, as well as a low environmental impact, to ensure a high level of home comfort

European directive EC 2004/42 set limits for the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOC) produced by the solvents contained in finishes. All Vermeister products comply with these parameters

NMP (N-methyl-pyrrolidone) is a solvent used in the production of water based finishes, which is classified as dangerous due to the possible negative effects it may have on the reproductive cycle. Since 2007 Vermeister has been formulating only NMP-free water based products. Dal 2007 Vermeister formula solo prodotti all’acqua esenti da NMP.

MDI, Methylenediphenyl diisocyanate, used in the synthesis of polyurethanes and polyisocyanates, is classified as a suspected carcinogen. Together with the above-mentioned polymers, it is found as a free monomer, generally in quantities lower than a certain threshold value, in order to ensure the utmost safety of operators in the sector. The absence of this substance guarantees a better work environment, both during use of the product and after the floor has been laid, as well as a low environmental impact to ensure a high level of home comfort.

Thanks to the use of Nano technology, the NSS system produces coatings that stand out from the rest due to their exceptional resistance, especially their resistance to scratching.

Thanks to the PASS system, the anti-scratch agents are distributed on the surface of the finish and remain “secured” to the polymer by means of indissoluble chemical bonds. In this way they are not removed by washing or by traffic so that the non-scratch properties remain unchanged over time.

SELF CROSS-LINKING SYSTEM The Self Cross-Linking System S-XL, enables compounds to be added to the coatings that activate after the evaporation of the water and give rise to a true chemical cross-linking. In this way performances are achieved similar to those of two component coatings with single component coatings as if component B had already been added to them.

The exclusive PRHS (PERFECT RIDGE HEIGHT SYSTEM) technology improves the specific rheology of the product quite considerably in compliance with the UNI EN 14293:2006 specification, leading to a very spreadable adhesive with a perfect ridge height at any temperature.

The DCS (Dual Curing System) technology enables the cross-linking of both a single component paint and, after the addition of a hardener, a two-component paint. Thanks to this particular “dual cross-linking” the paint is outstanding for its speed of drying when used as a single component and for its high resistance to abrasion, scuff marks and chemical products when used as a two-component paint, making it ideal for treating floors subject to heavy traffic.

The exclusive 3D technology has made an enormous improvement to the sandability of the system without compromising the high build and coverage and, as a consequence, the wooden surface is given an appropriate level of insulation after just one coat. It’s a special three-dimensional molecular structure that guarantees a subsequent uniformity of absorption, perfect adherence and a tangible improvement in the coverage of the subsequent coats of finish.

The antimicrobial properties of ionized silver were already well-known in antiquity. In fact, it is believed that silver not only has antimicrobial, but also anti-viral and antimycotic properties. Against viruses: by inserting itself between the complementary nitrogenous bases, silver causes the denaturation of viral DNA molecules. Against funguses: by attaching itself to the cellular wall, silver migrates inside it and neutralizes its functionality. Against bacteria: silver disactivates the enzymes responsible for the oxidative metabolism, causing the death of the single-cell organism. In-vitro studies have demonstrated that silver is particularly effective against E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus, respectively Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria generally used as the basic criterion in bacterial load reduction tests in accordance with ISO 22196:2011.

EN 14904
The EN 14904:2006 standard establishes the technical requirements that flooring for sports halls must satisfy. Particular attention is given to important requirements regarding safety and sports-related features that also concern the treatment of the wood floors. In this instance, consideration is given to: friction (i.e. non-slip properties), resistance to wear and a mirror finish. The Vermeister products bearing this logo comply with the most stringent tests stated in the EN 14904:2006 standard.