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Partnership with revolutionary air-purifying paint Airlite

Bouygues Construction United Kingdom has signed a partnership agreement to make Airlite, a revolutionary paint that purifies the air, a partner of choice for the next three years.

Airlite is an innovative and environmentally friendly paint that mimics nature, actively purifying the air by attacking and neutralising pollutants and microbes, providing a cost-efficient solution for improved air quality when compared to green or living walls. It comes in 180 colours – with a colour matching and bespoke colour service available – and can be applied on any typical surface inside and outside to eliminate 99.9% of bacteria and mould, reduce air pollution by 88.8% and neutralize odours.

The considerable benefits of Airlite were originally identified in 2019 through Bouygues Construction’s Matching Up, a global open-innovation programme which aims to identify new solutions being developed by start-ups and SMEs which have the potential to add value to the Group’s client offering.

Each year, the Matching Up programme focuses on a different theme, reflecting a specific market sector in which the Group operates. In 2019, the theme was ‘the campus of tomorrow’, with start-ups and SMEs invited to put forward products, projects and ideas to innovate and transform the way education spaces are designed, constructed and managed. 

Identifying AM Technology’s Airlite product early on in the Matching Up programme as having the potential to maximise air quality and offer safer surfaces across the company’s market sectors, Airlite was trialled on an existing project where air quality was a key concern. To gain meaningful insight to the effectiveness of the product, over 86,000 readings were taken over a period of one month. The results were compelling with Airlite found to significantly reduce toxic nitrogen dioxide (NO 2 ), VOCs (volatile organic compounds), CO 2  footprint and eliminate 99.9% of bacteria on surfaces, all whilst producing no toxic or flammable waste as associated with regular paints.

The chair of Bouygues Construction United Kingdom, Fabienne Viala, and the CEO of Airlite, Antonio Cianci, undertook a virtual signing of a three-year contract on Friday 12 th  June.

Speaking of the partnership, Chair of Bouygues Construction United Kingdom Fabienne Viala said: “Airlite is a ground-breaking product which offers real innovation to significantly improve sustainable environmental performance and air quality, key priorities for the Group and for the industries we operate in. It brings considerable value to what we can offer clients across our project portfolio in the education, residential and healthcare sectors.

“Our partnership with AM Technology is a great success story for our Matching Up programme, offering a brilliant example of how collaborative partnerships between industry and innovators can positively impact the built environment.”

CEO of Airlite Antonio Cianci said: “Airlite was created as a simple solution to improving air quality and the health and wellbeing of us all, whilst also caring for our planet. Our partnership with Bouygues Construction United Kingdom demonstrates our commitment to these topics, as well as how relevant they are across the full design-build-operate-maintain cycle, for contractors, owners and tenants.

“We look forward to working with Bouygues Construction United Kingdom across the education, residential and healthcare sectors to make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of us all.”