The Salvation Army, Box Hill by JMA Architects

The Salvation Army, Box Hill with MAXIMUM Travertino ACTIVE 2.0 porcelain installed to the external facade and internal walls.

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Maximum Travertino

ACTIVE 2.0 is a revolutionary photocatalytic surface that is antiviral, antibacterial and anti-odour. Active 2.0 reduces indoor nitrogen oxide and VOC levels, and its self-cleaning properties ensure ease of maintenance, reflecting the need for product performance to deliver beyond its physical appearance.

Fused to MAXIMUM porcelain panels or Fiandre porcelain tiles, ACTIVE 2.0 acts in a photocatalytic process to form an invisible and permanent surface that has the following properties:

These properties make Active 2.0 an ideal choice for internal, external, floor and wall usage in a variety of commercial projects. Active 2.0 is of particular benefit in hospitals and medical centres, where it reduces cross contamination, and the self-cleaning, anti-odour and antipollution action improves indoor air quality. Active 2.0 provides a non-toxic, easy-to-maintain surface for interiors of offices, hotels and residential buildings, and meets the demand for sustainability and wellbeing in the sector. Its 100-per-cent natural composition is free of toxic resins and chemical binders used in engineered stone, and its aesthetic beauty mimics natural stone, marble, concrete and more.

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The invisible process offers a permanent solution that won’t wear out or wear off and is suitable for internal, external, floor and wall usage. Its antiviral and antibacterial properties, even under LED lights or in the dark, means that *it kills bacteria and viruses, including COVID-19 and its self-cleaning hydrophilic properties result in little or no need for detergents or physical cleaning, even when used for building façades.

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Unlike the many surface materials that call themselves “antibacterial” but simply stop the spread of bacteria, MAXIMUM ACTIVE 2.0 kills bacteria, including E. Coli and MRSA and also kills viruses including COVID-19. ACTIVE 2.0 test results showed the ability of ACTIVE 2.0 to eliminate 94% of SARS-CoV-2 (responsible for COVID-19) after only 4 hours of exposure to low intensity UV light (natural light and traditional light bulbs even at low intensity). This significant result follows the ISO Certificates (ISO 21702 – ISO 18061) already obtained in respect of four well-known viral strains: the H1N1 and H3N2 Pandemic Influenzas, Enterovirus 71 and the Poliovirus. As well as ISO Certifications in the antibacterial field including antibiotic-resistant bacteria (ISO 27447 – ISO 22196).

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Active 2.0 is the only product on the market certified * as antiviral. Titanium dioxide in micrometric form is fused to porcelain surfaces at high temperature and pressure, forming a fine skin that can kill different types of viruses. Producing antiviral surfaces requires a fine level of precision because virus particles are smaller than bacteria. As such, inferior products on the market have only antibacterial properties. 

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MAXIMUM ACTIVE 2.0 also severely degrades airborne pollutants such as NOx, all VOCs and odours, physically cleaning the air around it. The “healthy building” benefits of ACTIVE 2.0 include its 100 per cent natural composition, free of the toxic resins and chemical binders used in engineered stone, and of course, its aesthetic beauty, with colours and markings mimicking natural stone, marble, concrete and more. 

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“ACTIVE 2.0 is the singular building product on the market that is a true antidote to sick building syndrome. For business owners, its means less sick leave, greater productivity and greater profitability. And for all of us, it means a greater sense of wellbeing and a healthier life.” – Phil Brenton, Artedomus Managing Director

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Certifications for tests are available on request.

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