Each of them addresses key social and environmental problems, provides practical solutions and thus add real value. Putting people's health and wellbeing at the heart of our mission has meant creating Master products that make a difference to people's lives.
Across all our customer sectors (office, healthcare, education) the importance of having cleaner indoor air cannot be overstated. It helps to reduce health problems relating to the lungs and vascular system including the rising problem of asthma. In this way, the carpet you install can actually help to reduce sickness absenteeism, improve productivity at work and learning in education as well as secure a healthier and safer environment for staff and patients in healthcare.
Desso is providing architects and interior designers with the 'best of both worlds' with the extension of its patented DESSO AirMaster® carpet tile collection through AirMaster® - Elements and Blend. These new product ranges offer a wider variety of stunning patterns and textures - with all the great functionality of the original DESSO AirMaster® range.
DESSO AirMaster® is 8 times more effective in capturing and retaining fine dust than smooth flooring solutions and 4 times more effective than standard carpet solutions1).
Whether it is in the office, the classroom, retail outlets, airport lounges or healthcare environments, DESSO AirMaster® offers an outstanding flooring solution to drastically improve indoor air quality.
In the same environments, sound can be a major impediment to health and wellbeing. Students might not be able to hear their teachers effectively; office workers may not be able to concentrate well or collaborate in open plan spaces; and patients may find the bad acoustics stressful, hampering their recovery times. To deal with this problem we launched DESSO SoundMaster®, which controls sound by insulation and absorption, reducing the unwanted noise.
DESSO SoundMaster® offers an impact sound
insulation value (ΔLw) up to +15 dB above the standard
value2), thereby setting a new industry standard in
DESSO SoundMaster® achieves an improvement in sound absorption performance up to +0.15 (αw)10)2, equivalent to up to +100% improvement in comparison to standard carpet designs (αwvalue between 0.15 and 0.20)3.
On top of its expertly designed functionality, the SoundMaster® backing is a clear example of up-cycling with its 80% recycled content from used PET bottles.
DESSO Light Reflection Master®
Light is one of the basic elements that make life possible. Not just at home but also at work, the presence and intensity of light is essential for people to be able to function properly. It leads to better performance because it raises our concentration levels and boosts our productivity. Light also has a positive impact on work satisfaction and sick-related absenteeism. In addition, light ensures that the risk of accidents in the workplace can be significantly reduced4. However, the amount of energy we consume for our lighting increases every year5. In some buildings lighting is the largest single category of electricity consumption. For office buildings in Europe it accounts for as much as half of the building's total energy use5.
The floor, usually one of the largest surfaces in a room, can make a big difference to the amount of light reflected. To capitalise on this potential, Desso's product designers developed the DESSO Light Reflection Master® - a carpet collection that reflects more light and can reduce lighting energy costs. Using less energy for lighting also helps organisations to cut down their energy related CO2emissions.
DESSO light Reflection Master® is the carpet that gives you energy.
The use of DESSO Light Reflection Master® can increase the brightness of a room by up to 14%6 and can reduce lighting costs by up to 10%6.
1) Based on tests performed by GUI, with DESSO AirMaster® versus a standard smooth floor and versus standard structured loop pile carpet (median values)
2) Tests performed at SWA (Schall-
und Wämemessstelle Aachen GmbH) - Institut fuer schalltechnische
und wärmetechnische Prüfungen-Beratung-Planung
3) To compare: other flooring solutions (non-carpet) generally give a value between 0.05 and 0.10.
4) Edwards, L., Torcellini, P. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (2002). A Literature Review of the Effects of Natural Light on Building Occupants.
5) Lighting energy in buildings. Retrieved October 2010 from http://lightinglab.fi/IEAAnnex45/guidebook
6) Data based on calculations made with DIALux software, based on closed cell office without furniture and without windows. The results depend on the size of the room, the height of the ceiling, the amount of light coming in from outside and the general nature of the surroundings.