Letting in natural light has become more and more important in both new construction and renovation. LITE-FLOOR is the perfect answer to this issue thanks to its high light transmission level.

LITE-FLOOR successfully addresses all challenges related to comfort: visual comfort, safety, thermal comfort and acoustic comfort.

     
LITE-FLOOR: DESCRIPTION
 

 


LITE-FLOOR is a system which usually consists of:
two or more glass layers with one or more interlayer films (PVB or EVA)
a minimum of two load-bearing glass components
a protective glass which may include a coating designed to improve antislip properties.


INDOOR


OUTDOOR
   
LITE-FLOOR: APPLICATIONS
 
 

LITE-FLOOR is designed solely for use by people. It is not intended to carry permanent loads. It can be used in various environments: home, offices, retail museums, hotels, restaurants etc…

Interior applications:

glass flooring for all types of environment
stairs
ceiling
podiums
mezzanines
terraces
lifts

Exterior applications:
glass flooring with thermal isolation (assembled in DGU) CLIMAPLUS
LITE-FLOOR can be made from Eglas heating glass to provide a snow-melting function.

INSTALLATION VIDEO


     
LITE-FLOOR: ADVANTAGES
 
 

Visual comfort
Natural light has been proven to have a positive effect on health and comfort in numerous types of environment. Moreover, utilizing natural light can lead to substantial energy savings on electric lighting. Bringing in natural light also provides a greater feeling of space. Depending on its composition LITE-FLOOR can provide a level of light transmission of up to 75%.

High level of safety
LITE-FLOOR is made from laminated safety glass and tempered glass which comply with European standards EN ISO 12543 and EN ISO 12150. The glass units still adhere to the interlayer film if cracks or even if breakages occur, therefore the LITE-FLOOR will still support the same loads if one layer is broken.

Excellent anti-slip performance
The anti-slip function can be achieved in different manners:
- Application of enamels (XTRAGRIP)
- Acid etched glass
- SECURIT CONTACT coating

Thermal comfort
In its CLIMAPLUS version, LITE-FLOOR is assembled in DGU to maintain high thermal isolation especially in exterior applications.

For heating and snow-melting functions, LITE-FLOOR can be made with EGlas or THERMOVIT. THERMOVIT LITE-FLOOR offers a wider variety of shapes with holohedral warming, is available in neutral colours and does not require a transformer.

Acoustic comfort
LITE-FLOOR offers excellent acoustic performance. Depending on its composition, noise reduction varies from 41dB (88.2) to 52dB (191919.4)*.

Wide range of quality design
- Coloured screenprinting
- Insertion of coloured PVB interlayer
- Use of patterned acid etched glass


LITE-FLOOR can be made with all types of laminated glass, Priva-Lite switchable glass, EGlas heating glass, Texglass, Pictureit etc.

Fire protection
For fire-protection, LITE-FLOOR can be made from CONTRAFLAM glass. Click here for more information.

Easy cleaning
LITE-FLOOR is designed to facilitate cleaning in order to maintain transparency.


*results obtained from numerical simulation according to EN 140 717-1





XTRAGRIP enamel patterns

     
GLASSOLUTIONS UPDATES
 
 

Saint-Gobain fits the Eiffel Tower with an anti-slip glass floor

Saint-Gobain has fitted the first level of the Eiffel Tower, Paris, with an anti-slip glass slab floor. Stretching out over a void 57 metres high, this space offers visitors an exceptional view, not only across the city but also of the Tower itself, thus enhancing the elegance of its swung lines.

In the context of the refurbishment of the first level of the Eiffel Tower, agency Moatti-Rivière Architectes has proposed a new perception of the city, turning the first level into one of the most spectacular and attractive places in Paris. This objective was attained with the installation of glazed railings around the edge of the central aperture of the Tower and making transparent the floor in the direct vicinity of the railing over a gap of 1.85 metres at its widest. At 57 metres above the ground the transparent glass conveys the impression of walking on air, above the structure and iron latticework of the first level. This new, truly original solution considerably enhances the rugged good looks of the first level of the Tower.

Technical brilliance

For the creation of this glass surface measuring 128 m², Saint-Gobain had to conceive a specific product. True technical brilliance, this structure required very thorough tests on the quality of the glass and on the anti-slip coating to be applied. The objective: to keep maximum transparency in the floor while ensuring that it stayed non-slip. To that end a silk-screen print of enamelled points (combination of glazier's enamels and abrasives) was applied to the upper surface of the glass slabs.

The development of the anti-slip coating is the outcome of the cooperation between the Centre de Recherche et Développement de Chantereine and the Centre de Recherches et d’Etudes Européen de Cavaillon.

After 18 months of research and development, this joint operation the combination of the best enamels and the most effective abrasives so as to be able to put up a high-quality silk screen process guaranteeing excellent mechanical behaviour plus an aesthetically pleasing aspect of the product while in use.

Glassolutions designed and produced the 64 LITE-FLOOR XTRA GRIP glass slabs used in the construction of the floor.  These slabs were obtained by bonding three sheets of glass with two sandwiched high-resistance films. The multilayer bonded element has a total thickness of 32 mm, giving it a load-bearing capacity of 500 kg/m².

The LITE-FLOOR XTRA GRIP anti-slip glass slabs were produced by Glassolutions in its Eckelt Glas plant in Austria.  The site specializes in the processing of glass for large-scale architectural projects throughout the world.  Its more notable achievement include the TKTS tickets discount booths in Times Square New York, the New Acropolis Museum Athens or, again, the Glass Gherkin in London.

This structure by Saint-Gobain was the subject of an ATEx file (Appréciation Technique d'Expérimentation) submitted to the CSTB (Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment) to validate its implementation..



You can find LITE-FLOOR at Architect@Work in Berlin from 5 to 6 November, Stand : N82

     
LITE-FLOOR:
RANGE AND NORMS
 
 

Composition
The composition of the flooring units varies according to several parameters:
the application location;
the dimensions;
the loads applied;
the level of safety requested;
the aesthetic effect sought.

Safety:
Two safety levels are specified:

Normal safety: any low occupation density application (private homes and the like) and a potential fall height of lower than 1.5 m.
Reinforced safety: any high occupation density application (public buildings) and/or a potential fall height of greater than 1.5 m.

Most common compositions are as follows:

Name of products
Thickness
(mm)
Weight
(kg/m2)
LITE-FLOOR 31 R
31 77,5
LITE-FLOOR 35 R
35 87,5
LITE-FLOOR 31 M
31 77,5
LITE-FLOOR 35 M
35 87,5
LITE-FLOOR 41 M
41 102,5
LITE-FLOOR 49 M 49 122,5
LITE-FLOOR 31 T 31 77,5
LITE-FLOOR 35 T 35 87,5
LITE-FLOOR 41 T 41 102,5
LITE-FLOOR 49 T 49 122,5

   
 

Anti-slip properties
The XTRAGRIP system can offer all levels of anti-slip performance from a coefficient of friction of 25 up to 65. Compared to its competitors, LITE-FLOOR XTRAGRIP offers the same anti-slip performance with a lower coverage rate, thus offering a higher level of transparency and light transmission.

Tests according to standards:

Pendulumtest according to standard EN 14231
Classification:

Sliding Resistance
Description
<25
high risk
25 <>35
moderate risk
35 <>65
low risk
> 65
minimal risk

Floor systems sliding resistance according to standard DIN 51130
Classification:

Slip angle (°)
Class
6 - 10
R9
10 - 19
R10
19 - 27
R11
27 - 35
R12
> 35
R13
     
LITE-FLOOR: PROCESSING
 
 

The maximum weight per panel is 1,000 kg. The way the LITE-FLOOR flooring and staircase units are edge-worked reduces the likelihood of breakage during transportation and installation. Visible edges can be polished while concealed edges may simply be ground.


     
LITE-FLOOR:
MORE INFORMATION
 
 
   
LITE-FLOOR Brochure
GLASSOLUTIONS Catalogue
Video Glassolutions Contact us / projects
Order form

Certificates

Your local contact BIM Objects

GLASSOLUTIONS Saint-Gobain
Adam Shaylor
T: +44 (0)7885 553496

Adam.Shaylor@saint-gobain.com


To find out more about LITE-FLOOR, visit our website : www.glassolutions.co.uk












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