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Making Learning Fun

FACT: Happy students perform better

Linoleum flooring for education spaces

Expertise in Education

Every Solution. One Supplier.

There are over 10,000 educational establishments in Australia ranging from childcare / early learning centres, primary, secondary schools to large universities. The diverse educational facilities, their challenges and development needs, continue to evolve.

As a global player in flooring, we know the challenges of every sector. In education refurbs Installation must be fast, especially when most renovation occurs during school holidays.

We also consider the importance of how a well-planned flooring program can contribute to the long-term wellbeing and health of a building and individual contributory spatial settings.

As a global partner, we stand next to you on a local level. Our design team can offer guidance and assistance as required. Our technicians speak the language of the flooring installers and in this way, everybody is aligned.

We offer the largest most comprehensive range of floor coverings, which are all produced within our 12 manufacturing sites in Europe.

Flotex für Kindergärten

Australian References

Design

Dynamics of a building

As designers at Forbo we do believe that our products are intrinsically connected with the design and aesthetics of a building.

Our ambition starts with creating better indoor environments.

Therefore we approach design as a collaborative process that is embracing the human experience.

Curtin University
Flotex Colour - Metro, Petrol, Citrus, Nimbus

References in education

Many educational facilities worldwide used Forbo floors before you. Visit our reference section and get inspired by existing Forbo flooring solutions in learning environments. Our reference overview will help you to see products in use and how they are applied.

Our worldwide references

Floorplanner

To create your floor and make up your mind what would fit best in the educational facility you are designing for we have several tools and services. Our floorplanner helps you to place any of our floors in an education environment or even combine them so you can see how this works.

Start playing now in our floorplanner

Bespoke Design Service
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Schools we love

On our Pinterest board, we collect references and school designs we love. Follow our Education Interiors board and get new inspiration on a regular basis. We share multiple examples of Forbo floorings in different learning environments.
Pinterest Education interiors we love

Do you want to see examples of Forbo floorings in other segments as well? Visit our general Forbo Flooring Systems Pinterest board.
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About Us

Atalanta International School

Leading global manufacturer

● Forbo Flooring Systems is part of the Swiss Forbo Group

● Key figures Forbo Group 2018:
> Net sales 1327.0 CHF Mio
> Group profit 137.6 CHF Mio
> Employees 5.739

● A worldwide presence:
> 15 manufacturing plants
> 38 Flooring sales offices worldwide
> 90 additional markets served via strategic partnerships
> 70 key account managers across 30 countries

● European manufacturer with factories in The United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany and Russia.

Leading in environment

We care about you and the environment

● Forbo is a founding member of the World Green Building Council.
● We have received various labels and certification for your products and or production facilities.
● All of our manufacturing sites are ISO certified. Raw materials are used efficiently, waste is recycled whenever possible.
● We are committed to social responsibility, the Forbo sites are certified according to SA8000.
● Forbo Flooring Systems Australia has partnered with Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund (not for profit organisation) to plant native Australian trees and shrubs. Every square metre of Marmoleum installed now contributes to restoring Australian native forests.

creating better environments

Flooring and environment
Forbo design service

Reliable service

We offer you:
● a sole source of supply for all your flooring requirements
● local advice, support and cross border project management
● efficiencies of scale, the certainty of supply and rapid delivery

Above all one single contract and one single point of contact to save you time and money.

Product portfolio

All floors you need

The right solutions for the right reasons

We pride ourselves on offering a truly comprehensive product portfolio with leading edge products specifically designed to cater for all areas, from the entrance area, through circulation and communal zones, to each individual room in the building.

Forbo Coral entrance zones

Marmoleum, the natural flooring

A natural winner! Our linoleum floor coverings with the Marmoleum brand are natural floors associated with sustainability, durability, high quality and innovative design.

Linoleum flooring is made from natural raw materials and is the most sustainable flooring choice.

- Natural product
- GreenTag, GECA & Red list free certified
- A CO2 neutral product (from cradle to gate)
- Allergy UK approved
- Made to contribute to a healthy indoor environment
- Every m2 of Marmoleum installed will installed now contributes to restoring Australian native forests. Read more about our program
- Combination with Furniture linoleum
- Various formats (rolls, planks, tiles, sheet)

Marmoleum Real 3252 & 3224
Flotex Colour (2019) - 445022

Flotex, even easier than you can imagine

Flotex is a unique textile floor covering that combines the hard wearing and durable characteristics of a resilient floor with the quality, warmth and comfort of a carpet. Flotex is a strong and hygienic floor, and its impervious backing makes it suitable for wet cleaning.

- Sound absorption; comfort and warmth
- Hygienic - Allergy free
- Excellent R12 slip resistance
- Low roll resistance
- GreenTag certified
- Digital printing and custom design
- Available in sheet, tile and plank format
- Possible combination with Allura Flex
- Quick and easy to install

Create a lounge atmosphere with Tessera

Carpet tiles are renowned for their aesthetic styling and outstanding performance in the most demanding heavy traffic environments.

- Sound absorption performance
- Slip-resistant surface
- Modularity
- Quick and easy installation
- Variety from simple to luxury and rich textures
- Possible combination with Allura Flex

Tessera carpet tiles
Tirza Dak Early Learning - Allura flex

Allura LVT for eye catching patterns

Are you looking for the aesthetics of natural wood or stone floors with the advantages of strong & comfortable vinyl? Explore our Allura LVT collection.

- Authentic look
- In house design
- Variety of sizes
- Various traffic levels
- Acoustic performances; comfort and warmth
- Variety of installation methods: glued down, loose lay, click for easy installation
- Production in Europe

The first impression counts with Coral/Nuway

Entrance flooring is fundamental for any interior. A well designed entrance flooring system will prevent dirt and moisture from being tracked in and thereby prolongs the life of interior flooring finishes, reduces cleaning & maintenance costs and the potential for slip injuries. Our textile Entrance Systems in our portfolio, we can offer an entrance solution for every situation.

- Stop up to 95% of the walked in dirt and moisture
- Maintain floors appearance
- Reduce maintenance costs
- Slip resistant surface
- Textile Coral: sheet, tiles, click, logo
- Rigid mats for upper range high-intensity foot traffic

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Fabscrab F5004 & Sphera 50053 close_up

Sphera homogeneous vinyl let's you play with colours

Vinyl floors are very popular because of their durability, low maintenance and versatility. Homogeneous vinyl is made of 1 single layer that offers vibrancy and depth of colour. It is incredibly durable and stain resistant which makes it a great flooring choice for heavy traffic areas.

- Durable
- Fresh colour palette
- Available in sheet format
- Production in Europe
- Best Practice PVC certified
- Extremely low in VOCs

Bespoke flooring - you choose what it looks like

Can't find what you are looking for despite our wide product range?

No worries, we have more. Within our Bespoke Design flooring you can design your own unique floor with our digital print techniques in:

- Flotex
- Eternal project vinyl
- Coral entrance flooring
- Aquajet cutting technique for Marmoleum flooring

Digital Print Vinyl Map Clapham School

STEMfloor

STEM LEARNING SPACES

STEM studies will develop within our younger generations the capability skills needed for the future; in critical thinking & problem solving, organised process, analysis & assessment.

Yet, to prepare them for a wonderful & purposeful life where they are confident and motivated to make a difference, and to solve problems we may not even be aware of yet, they also need to develop their imagination and ideation skills, collaboration, agility & adaptability, and communication skills.

Bespoke Flotex 539 x 404

INSPIRED FOR PURPOSE

The Australian government is supporting Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) learning at all ages with an investment of $5.1 million in STEM focused initiatives. Source

With one of their main focus being classroom design to support in STEM learning, a bad design can have a negative effect on student engagement, while good design can assist to inspire and motivate students.


To deliver high quality learning space design that will support inspirational STEM experiences and deeper learning, several essential ingredients are needed ;
● Functional design: It must work for all users, teachers & students!
● Beautiful design: The aesthetic should reflect the activity and the culture
● Purposeful design: The floor becomes the teacher’s aide

Improve user engagement using Augmented Reality

Using Augmented Reality accessed through web-based or device based Apps, the story of the artwork can be told to all who visit; this could be done in the local indigenous language or any other language, so that everyone can understand and share the story.

Educators and students can continue with deeper learning activities combining the stories of old with new technologies; using the floor as an additional ‘third teacher’.

STEM
Augmented Reality

Playing with augmented reality (AR)

Augmented reality can be ‘triggered’ or turned-on within an established device (smartphone or tablet) using a well-defined image.

The artwork can activate animation, a short video, a slide deck or PDF, and can be coupled with music, a voiceover or a soundbite – it is up to the imagination of the people setting up and managing the experience.

Learning spaces can be established with numerous triggers (images) with which an educator can assign puzzle pieces, clues, animations, etc. To further engage students in a current lesson; then changing it again for the next lesson. Each teacher can create their own content for their own lessons or have students create the content.

Schools Spectacular

We all love a good story, a curious puzzle or an amusing game.

What if a beautiful purposeful flooring design could ‘play’ with those who walk upon it? To tell a story, or to amuse them with puzzles and games?

At this year’s School Spectacular, we will be doing just that. In the forecourt of Qudos Arena will sit a customised Forbo Flotex Digital Print floor design; STAR discovery. At 100m2, it has something for everyone

There are all sorts of ways that we want you to play on this space and to participate in our ongoing research to create flooring for a learning environment that do more than just get under your feet.

Australia SpecFest

Experience

Create an engaging & healthy learning experience

We understand the importance of employee & student health and wellbeing. Our product portfolio is designed with these two factors in mind. A high standard of employee + students' comfort and wellbeing means optimised productivity.

How our floor coverings contribute to a healthy learning environment:

● All our floorcoverings are very low in VOC
● Made with 100% renewable electricity
● Marmoleum is CO2 neutral for the cradle to gate life cycle stages of the product.
● All our products are phthalate-free

Marmoleum Solid
Aldinga children centre - eternal digital print

The influence of lighting

In the future of Australian education - Sustainable places for learning 2013 report from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) shows that students in day-lit school environments demonstrated:

● 20% faster progression in mathematics
● 26% faster progression in reading
● 5-10% increase in performance when students had window views.

Floors can influence significantly the performance of the lighting in a classroom, so choosing the right floor is really important.

Interior layout

The interior layout of a classroom can have a significant impact on learning and is often overlooked. A poor layout can cause disorientation and confusion, which can have a negative impact on staff and students.

- Design of walkways, differentiation of different zones and signage affects the staff and student’s ability to navigate or orient themselves within the facility, especially in large universities.

The use of different flooring types, or even signs embedded into the floorcovering for walkways, classrooms, different zones etc… within the facility, can make navigation throughout much easier for the building user.

Curtin University
School lobby

Look & feel

The “look and feel” of learning environments will affect how students will affect students' engagement and overall academic outcomes.

A report from 2013 GBCA Green Schools shows a study from the University of Salford and Nightingale Architects in the UK linked the overall impact of school building design to learning outcomes.

In fact, they discovered that classroom interior can affect a student academic progress over a year by much as 25%.

Acoustic performance

Noise pollution is known to cause a wide array of physical and behavioural symptoms that can negatively impact staff and students. A Study showed students have difficulty understanding nearly 30 percent of classroom speech due to excessive noise and sound reverberation.

Metrics and design considerations commonly used to assess acoustic conditions include:
● Background noise
● Privacy and speech interference

Designers can create improved acoustic conditions for retail environments by using building materials that are designed to create acoustic barriers.

Choosing the type of floor carefully will help to create the right level of acoustic you want to reach.

Sarlon acoustic vinyl
Marmoleum Marbled natural linoleum flooring

Biophilic design

Biophilia is an innate and genetically determined affinity of human beings with the natural world. It has been demonstrated that exposure to the natural world (through any of the five senses) has a positive effect on an individual’s wellbeing by reducing stress levels.

Because students spend several hours a day in the classroom, people are spending up to 90% of our time in an unnatural environment, this results in a negative impact on our emotional well-being, cognitive function, and physical health. Biophilic designs enable people to reconnect nature in the built environment.

In studies of learning environments, the biophilic design was shown:
● Increased attendance
● Higher test scores
● Improved behaviour
● Reduced stress
● Increased engagement and focus

Indoor air quality

CSRIO estimates the cost of poor indoor air quality in Australia may be as high as 12 billion per year. Science Advisory Board has consistently ranked indoor air pollution among the top five environmental risks to public health.

Numerous experiments carried out demonstrates that learning environments with lower air quality can have a negative effect on children's health and academic performance.

What is indoor air quality? IAQ is defined by the concentrations of various pollutants such as:
● Pollutant concentration
● CO2 concentration
● Mould
● Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
● Dust

Better indoor air quality can be achieved through low or zero VOC furnishing materials such as floors, adhesives used and cleaning products.

School stairs

Time is money!

Plan for installation

When you are refurbishing your educational facility and you have a short time period to finish during school holidays. With Forbo products, you can do the installation fast and efficient. Talk to us to learn what preparation is needed to do this as smoothly as possible.

Classroom renovation
● Possibility to install on top of existing floor
● Limited subfloor preparation

Allura Flex installation
installation tools

Our technical support speaks a different language

Technical people need to talk to technical people. They understand each other and know how to help best in certain situations. In each market we have dedicated technical teams on hand to assist with questions relating to:

● Evaluating subfloor conditions
● Choosing the efficient installation method
● Questions on installation and/or maintenance

More info

Do you need more information?

Interested in our products, want to know more about installation, need to get hold of technical data sheets? Or maybe you want to contact our National Education Segment Manager to discuss different possibilities?

Please contact us to request a presentation or more information by clicking on one of the links below!

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