MATRIX TILE SYSTEM

“System for arranging lines in a floor and tile for use there-in”

The MATRIX TILE is a solid material (e.g. medium density polystyrene) applied on top of the leveled base building floor. The tile thickness is approximately 4” (four inches). Grooves of various sizes and located in several horizontal “zones” allow the secure placement, without interference, of lines or conduits for various services, such as hot and cold water lines, gray-water drain lines (0-slope), hydronic heating pipes to radiators, floor heating, flat ventilation ducts, gas pipes and so on. This “tile” is covered by a 1” (one inch thick) fire proof floor layer, after lines and conduits are installed. Metal stud partitions are erected on this floor covering and any finish floor covering can be installed.

Of particular significance is the opportunity to install 0-slope drain lines for gray water, in specific relation to the Matrix Tile. This method was certified by KOMO-KIWA in 2009 in Europe. Each gray-water plumbing fixture has it’s own piping to a central discharge point (the main sewer riser). This is because branching demands a bigger diameter. In addition, eliminating branching makes decisions about each fixture independent from other fixtures. In analogy with the so-called “sucking system” for rainwater-drains, a “full-fill” horizontal system is used. It has small diameter pipes (40 mm inside diameter or approximately 1 ½” schedule 40 PVC piping in the US) without branching. For ventilation ducts placed in the matrix tile, a flat 40mmx200mm duct can be used. Stork, a manufacturer of ducts, conducted an intensive testing program, resulting in new horizontal and vertical 90 degree turns with small corner radii. The performance is as good as normal round pipes of 12 cm diameter.

The MATRIX TILE SYSTEM assures rapid and accurate piping installations and maximum floor plan variety within a demised space. Applications include:
• New construction
• Adaptive reuse of entire buildings
• One-unit-at-a-time fit out in new buildings or in renovation projects
• Residential projects (townhouse, multifamily)
• Nursing homes
• Office buildings
• Medical offices
• Commercial and retail tenant spaces

The use of the Matrix Tile as described above solves a number of problems and offers a number of advantages, demonstrated in more than 50 dwelling units, both new construction and renovation, installed 15 years ago in the Netherlands with no difficulties reported over those years:

For Developers/Project investors

1. Allows project investors to avoid premature decisions tied to floor plans and equipment – the “decision deferment advantage”;

2. Allows building owners to meet individual occupants’ floor plan layout preferences, independent of other units of occupancy above or below;

3. Allows building owners to manage multi-occupant buildings with fewer disputes and conflicts between occupants, because piping serving one occupant space is no longer in the ceiling space of the occupant below.

For Contractors/Installers:

1. Using low-profile water-seal traps (e.g. AKW) or waterless waste valves (WAVIN HEPvO) in the Matrix Tile eliminates floor penetrations or core-drilling at each bathtub or shower;

2. Reduces coordination and interface problems between subsystems and trades: 1) between base building floor pipe sleeves and fit-out equipment positions; 2) most piping is removed from fit-out walls, reducing installation sequencing scheduling problems;

3. Increases on-site efficiency and technical control of piping installations;

4. Reduces pipe maintenance and space rearrangement costs because access to neighboring spaces is avoided.

For Inhabitants/Users:

1. Enables customization of floor plan layout initially and during later changes to floor plans;

2. Helps avoid conflicts and disputes between neighbors;

3. Increases sound isolation between units of occupancy.

The MATRIX TILE System

The MATIRIX TILE SYSTEM assures rapid and accurate piping installations and maximum floor plan variety within a demised space, with no interference with spaces below because its use avoids floor penetrations except at the building’s vertical pipe shafts. Applications include both new construction, adaptive reuse of entire buildings, and one- unit-at-a-time transformation/ renovation, for residential projects (particularly townhouse and multifamily buildings); nursing homes; office buildings, medical offices; commercial and retail uses.

The MATRIX TILE is loosely laid on top of the leveled base building floor. Grooves of various sizes and located in several horizontal “zones” allow the secure placement of pipes or conduits for various services, such as hot and cold water lines, gray-water drainage lines, heating pipes to radiators, floor heating, flat ventilation ducts, gas pipes and so on. This “tile” is covered after lines and conduits are installed by a fireproof subfloor. Of particular significance is the opportunity to install 0-slope gray-water drain lines, in specific relation to the Matrix Tile, a method certified by KOMO-KIWA in the European Community in 2009.

The MATRIX TILE system solves a number of problems and offers a number of advantages.

Advantages for Developers/Project investors

  1. Allows project investors to avoid premature decisions tied to floor plans and equipment – the “decision deferment advantage” – thus offering significant decision flexibility initially and over the life of the building;
  2. Allows building owners to meet individual occupants’ floor plan layout preferences, independent of other units of occupancy above or below;
  3. Allows building owners to manage multi-occupant buildings with fewer disputes and conflict between occupants, because piping serving one occupant space is no longer in the ceiling space of the occupant below.

Advantages for Contractors/Installers:

  1. Using low-profile water-seal traps or waterless waste valves in the Matrix Tile eliminates floor penetrations or core-drilling at each plumbing fixture;
  2. Reduces coordination and interface problems between subsystems and trades: 1) between base building floor pipe sleeves and fit-out equipment positions; 2) most piping is removed from walls, reducing installation sequencing and scheduling problems);
  3. Increases on-site efficiency and technical control of piping installations;
  4. Reduces pipe maintenance and space rearrangement costs because access to neighboring spaces is avoided.

Advantages for Inhabitants/Users:

  1. Enables customization of floor plan layouts initially and during later changes to floor plans;
  2. Helps avoid conflicts and disputes between neighbors;
  3. Increases sound isolation between units of occupancy.

INFILL SYSTEMS BV (Delft, NL) owns the intellectual property for the Matrix Tile System, which is patent protected in several European countries. IS-BV is interested in making available all of the technical information, test results, drawings and mock-ups to an investor in the US and/or Canada for a lump sum.

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

*
*

Prove you are a human. *

220 West Durand Street Philadelphia, PA., 19119 +765.749.1312