Austin, Texas— Roppe Corporation, a supplier of commercial rubber and vinyl flooring products and accessories, has been awarded the Symposium Distinction Award for Most Sustainable Product for its Envire rubber sheet with FlashCoveTM, which was presented at the annual Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo at the Austin Convention on October 8.
The Awards program recognizes the best and most innovative new products within the healthcare design and construction industry. In addition, it recognizes design teams, projects and individuals who have made a profound contribution to the healthcare design industry. The program accepts submissions of all types and sizes of patient care-related facilities, the company said.
“Roppe embodies a sustainable enterprise and its products embody sustainable principles,” said Ann Dougherty, RHC general manager of sustainability. “Dedicated employees design and make quality products, protecting the environment and customer health, engage in community philanthropy and more, and their efforts work together in Roppe products – such as the Envire-FlashCove assembly that received this sustainability award – to serve society.”
According to Rahul Dhavalikar, RHC chief polymer chemist, Envire rubber sheet and tile was developed in a premium formulation innovated by Roppe that is Red List chemical free. “In addition to the healthcare benefits, the product needed to exceed the demands of a high-traffic environment, which include exceptional wear resistance and dimensional stability,” he said.
Available in a six-foot-wide sheet, Envire offers fewer seams, which is said to provide faster installations and less chance for bacterial build-ups. FlashCoveTM prefabricated bases offer a solution to the failures that plague site-formed bases where seamless installations are a must, the company said, such as healthcare. This patented process enables FlashCove to offer a lifetime guarantee to perform against the daily use of maintenance equipment, point loads, small-wheeled traffic or chairs where other bases fail. The tighter radius creates a snug fit at door frames and allows for more thorough cleaning, the company said.