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Casalgrande Padana S.p.A.
Via Statale 467, 73 - 42013 Casalgrande (RE) - Italy
Tel. +39 0522 9901
Fax. +39 0522 996121
N. Verde: 800 210311

Over the past few months, the lockdown caused by the coronavirus crisis has profoundly changed our habits. In just a few weeks, millions of people have experienced a radical change in their way of thinking about and living in their spaces. The beginning of 2020 has seen the birth of new technological needs and social changes that have influenced the way we consider our domestic space. With the rise in smart working, for example, homes are no longer simply private spaces dedicated to rest and family but workspaces too.

The current public health emergency has seen the birth of new needs and the rediscovery of old ones, especially inside the home: from the need for greater comfort and well-being, to the need to live in a healthy and hygienic environment with clean air and a reduced amount of allergens.
Casalgrande Padana’s Bios Ceramics® line is an innovative collection of bioactive ceramics, an environmentally friendly product that autonomously interacts with the environment to spark a series of chemical and biological reactions capable of bringing down bacteria levels, pollutants and traces of dirt or impurities on the tiles. These porcelain stoneware tiles therefore are able to improve the quality of the indoor or outdoor micro-environment where they are situated.
The Bios Ceramics® collection comes in two versions: the self-cleaning bioactive ceramics of Bios Self-Cleaning® and the anti-bacterial stoneware included in the Bios Antibacterial® line.

Bios Self-Cleaning is an innovative façade cladding solution, designed and developed to ensure high self-cleaning and pollution-abatement performance for architectural envelopes.
There are a vast array of possible applications and many structures and architectural projects, all over the world, for which porcelain stoneware tiles equipped with Bios Self-Cleaning® technology can be used for façade cladding.
Bios Antibacterial® meanwhile, boasts the ability to eliminate 99.9% of the four main bacterial strains present in confined environments – Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecalis, Escherichia coli, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa – as well as high performance against mould, yeast, and other bacterial growth.

Another development of the past few months is that outdoor spaces like balconies, terraces, verandas, patios and gardens have become green again, full of potted plants and flowers, climbing plants and little vegetable gardens. In the future, they may become genuine centres of social interaction, with architects working to restore them to a prominent and functional role.

Limpha is Casalgrande Padana’s response to that necessity: a porcelain stoneware tile collection that draws inspiration from climbing plants to transform wall tiles into elements of natural beauty. Its wide scope of application and exclusive technical features (frost-, abrasion-, and wear-resistance, light fastness, and flexural strength) make the porcelain stoneware of the Limpha collection suitable for both interiors and exteriors. Its use of Bios Self Cleaning® technology helps to improve our quality of life by reducing pollution and improving air quality.

Casalgrande Padana responds to these new and changing needs with a versatile product well-suited to diverse architectural scenarios.
Its wide variety of colours, sizes, surfaces and décors make porcelain stoneware a universal material, well-suited for both the renovation of existing structures and the construction of new ones: from building envelope technology with façade cladding and ventilated wall tiles (where porcelain stoneware guarantees thermal insulation and weather protection), to experimental solutions to improve functional performance of architectural surfaces to combat the effects of air pollution (bioactive ceramics), to solutions for safety flooring and the removal of architectural barriers (Tactile). These products are also well suited for use in any part of the home, from flooring to interior walls, and thanks to the larger size of the Extragres 2.0 (20 mm), even outdoor walkways on balconies and verandas. 

Civil engineering, urban planning, architecture and design must all come together to face new challenges including the reinforcement of essential social distancing through the reorganisation of spaces. Infrastructure like airports, metros and stations, as well as recreation areas and parks, must be reimagined in a way that lets us live our daily lives in safety and comfort.
For this, Casalgrande Padana has created the Tactile porcelain stoneware collection, which includes a guide system: a useful way to break down architectural barriers and allow the visually impaired to orient themselves and follow their path without the need for additional guidance. Tactile is ideal for use in many spaces: along beaches, in metros, in airports, in railway stations, in transit areas in swimming pools and gyms, and other general applications. Additionally, in heavily-trafficked urban areas, where crowding poses real dangers to people’s health, it can also be used as signage indicating safe social distances.