Ecore is driven everyday by a simple question, “Can a floor do more?” At Ecore, we believe the answer is YES! Ecore creates products based on the simple notion that floors should elevate beyond current expectations. Ecore’s energy is focused on the interaction between people and the surface. As a result, we engineer performance well beyond industry standards related to acoustics, ergonomics, and safety. Harvesting the unique power from a myriad of waste streams, Ecore creates products that align–substantial force reduction with a balanced amount of energy return to create dynamic surfaces that are catered to the individual and the application.
To learn how Ecore Athletic products positively influence safety, ergonomics and acoustics with regard to force reduction and energy restitution, click here.
The Law of Conservation of Energy says within a closed system, energy can neither be created nor destroyed. So the total energy within a system, for example weights being dropped on a floor, always remain constant. Upon impact, all of the energy from the falling weight gets redistributed in the following 3 ways:
Because rebounding weights are a danger to athletes and sound and vibration is what facility owners are hoping to avoid, our goal is to maximize the amount of energy that will be absorbed by the surfacing. Therefore, the ideal sports and fitness surface will absorb a lot of energy. It’s important to understand that this energy is destructive:
For a product to absorb a lot of energy, it must be made of a material that will deflect, allowing the falling object to penetrate or sink into the material. This effectively minimizes the force of impact. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t be practical to cover a gym floor with something like foam. Something this soft wouldn’t be durable enough to last very long, and it would not provide a good base for athletes to exercise on.
Enter Ecore. Ecore products feature performance crumb rubber. Not only is rubber more durable than foam; but, since it’s an elastomeric material, it possesses an internal damping factor. This damping dissipates energy, reducing the amount of deflection needed to absorb energy from an impact. The result: a firm yet energy absorbing foundation that meets all physical requirements while maximizing acoustical performance.
In the US, the acoustic properties of flooring are currently limited to:
For the case of heavy impact sound transmission in gyms, IIC ratings are limited by two factors:
So in addition to providing you with standard IIC, STC, and NRC ratings, Ecore has conducted dozens of lab test to provide as much acoustical data as possible for a variety of scenarios. Below are the results that compare how Ecore Athletic surfaces performed with:
|Acoustical Ratings per Standard Test Methods|
These sound transmission tests (IIC, STC, ∆IIC) were performed over a 6” concrete slab with no ceiling below. A large volume of tests were conducted in a short period to provide a baseline comparison of product performance without the presence of external variables. As such, no adhesive was used. Please note: adhesives and installation methods may yield varied results.
Running. Jumping. Pounding. Falling. And bouncing back. Time and time again. From the casual workout warrior to the serious athlete, repetitive motion, swift movement, and constant impact can take a toll on the body. At Ecore, we embrace the science of Ergonomics - the absorption of force and the return of energy. We develop flooring solutions that diminish fatigue, minimize discomfort, and allow athletes to perform at their highest levels. We make surfaces that sponsor longevity through innovative engineering and design.
The safety of the athlete is paramount. From youth athletes to the elite professionals, it is rightfully the leading topic of conversation. At Ecore, our number one concern is keeping our athletes safe, so that they can perform at their peak level for longer. Beyond their athletic careers, we want these talented individuals to live active, healthy, and amazing lives. Athletic equipment is not just what you wear on your head or hold in your hand. Ecore is committed to the equipment under your feet. We engineer surfaces that mitigate injury, protect the body, and promote ultimate and safe performance.