Designed to offer architects, investors, public administrations and private individuals the opportunity to make informed choices in the selection of materials, ACTIVE SURFACES® ceramics combine the aesthetic value suited to high quality projects with the functionality of improving the well-being of those who live in them.
These ceramics offer people the freedom to inhabit every space better, allowing them to enjoy the beauty of design in complete safety.
ACTIVE SURFACES® are the result of 100% Italian research that began 10 years ago thanks to close cooperation between the Iris Ceramica Group and the Department of Chemistry of the University of Milan.
ACTIVE ceramics are the only ones in the world to be photocatalytic, anti-pollution, antibacterial and antiviral, ISO certified and boasting two European patents.
ACTIVE SURFACES® are distinguished by 4 important properties:
ACTIVE SURFACES® ceramics are able to permanently and continuously eliminate polluting molecules in the air, including the most toxic and dangerous ones for humans, simply using the light and humidity in the room. When they are used on external facades, for example, they promote the elimination of harmful molecules before they can penetrate the rooms through air conditioning intakes installed outside buildings. There are many other sources of indoor pollution that ACTIVE SURFACES® helps to combat, degrading all VOCs, however many there are in the environment at the same time.
_Antibacterial and antiviral, in addition to 99% effective, against Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2
The oxidation process induced by the ACTIVE SURFACES® photocatalysis destroys the bacteria that come into contact with the surface, and the presence of silver makes the ceramic antibacterial even in the dark, both on common strains and on strains that are particularly dangerous for health human, such as antibiotic-resistant ones (MRSA). ACTIVE SURFACES® also impedes the formation of biofilm.
Recent ISO certifications also demonstrate the ACTIVE SURFACES® antiviral activity.
The tests were conducted on two particularly insidious and contagious viral strains such as the H1N1 flu virus and Enterovirus 71, demonstrating over 99% efficacy against viruses.
The anti-mold and antifungal properties of the ACTIVE product are also certified.
ACTIVE SURFACES® were the subject of a major study by the Department of Biomedical, Surgical and Dental Sciences, and Department of Biomedical Sciences for Health at the University of Milan, to verify their antiviral properties against the SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus (responsible for Covid-19).
The research was carried out by Iris Ceramica Group's ACTIVE Research and Development Department in collaboration with the authoritative technical and scientific committee of the two departments at the University of Milan. The resulting data confirmed the astonishing ability of ACTIVE SURFACES® to eliminate 94% of SARS-CoV-2 after only 4 hours of exposure to low intensity UV light (natural daylight and traditional light bulbs even at low intensity).
_anti-odor effectiveness, they remove odors;
ACTIVE SURFACES® is able to degrade the main molecules responsible for bad odors in an effective and powerful way, even under LED lights. Thanks to the photocatalytic properties, odor-causing molecules that come into contact with the ACTIVE surfaces are degraded and destroyed, thus eliminating bad odors.
Thanks to the photocatalytic properties of ACTIVE SURFACES®, dirt adheres less to the surface, facilitating its removal. The “self-cleaning” effectiveness allows outdoor surfaces to be cleaned simply with rainwater, reducing the high maintenance and repair costs required for traditional external walls. In indoor environments, this property reduces in the use of detergents that are aggressive and toxic to humans, as well as expensive.
ACTIVE SURFACES® is the only photocatalytic ceramic in the world that works with any type of lighting: natural, artificial, as well as the new energy-saving LED lamps.
The exclusive production process makes ACTIVE SURFACES® effective 24 hours a day and ensures its action never ends, even with prolonged and intensive use of the surface.
Due to their properties, ACTIVE surfaces are recommended for all environments where standards of cleanliness, health and hygiene are an important requirement, including homes, wellness areas, hotels, restaurants, gyms, schools, clinics, laboratories, hospitals and offices.
ACTIVE surfaces are made of high quality porcelain stoneware and can be applied to floors and walls, both indoors and outdoors, even in high traffic areas. They are also ideal for covering furnishings with surfaces that are frequently in contact with people, such as in personal care or food preparation and consumption settings.
ACTIVE surfaces can be created, in minimum pre-set batches, selecting any semi-polished, natural and structured finish product already included in the Fiandre Architectural brand range. Contact us and we’ll be delighted to develop your desired solution with you.
ACTIVE SURFACES® COLLECTIONS As of today, ACTIVE is also a complete product range, in large or traditional sized Slabs, designed to the highest aesthetic and quality standards.