The Aviation Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Center (HABOM) of Turkish Airlines has been built in Istanbul, Turkey, with a total area of 40,000 m2. The customer, Turkish Airlines, was looking for a durable, high-performance flooring solution, and therefore Sika offered a Sikafloor®-21 PurCem flooring-system.
The customer was very interested in details regarding durability, performance, especially on benefits the system could bring in the use phase, namely cleaning and maintenance. In order to demonstrate the benefits of the specified Sika flooring system from a holistic approach, Sika Turkey opted to complement the technical information with an environmental evaluation of the system.
To evaluate and compare the specified Sikafloor®-21 PurCemflooring system with ceramic tiles, which are typically applied in industrial areas in Turkey, a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)was used. The LCA is cradle to grave for the total area of the flooring system, which means the LCA investigates the potential environmental impacts of the flooring system from raw material acquisition and processing to manufacturing of the product, use phase scenario (including maintenance and refurbishment) and disposal at the end-of-life.
- Substrate: Slab concrete
- Flooring: Sikafloor®-21 PurCem (4.5 mm).
Sika’s Global Product Sustainability Group performed a LCA of the two following floorings solutions for a period of 20 years. During that 20 year period, the system with ceramic tiles is replaced completely (typical lifetime of ceramic tiles in the Turkish market is expected to be 10 years). Maintenance of the two flooring systems is also considered, including water, cleaning agents and energy for the cleaning machines.
Results of Environmental Evaluation
For the project area and the 20 year period, the Sikafloor®-21 PurCem flooring system has significantly lower impacts when compared to the ceramic tiles. In terms of relevant environmental indicators such as, Carbon Footprint (GWP), Energy Footprint (CED) and Summer Smog potential (POCP), Sikafloor®-21 PurCem has significantly lower environmental impacts