More and more, LEED certification is a topic that comes up when discussing building construction. Environmentally friendly building materials and sustainability are becoming increasingly important to many facility owners, so it’s not surprising that virtually every aspect of the building process, including the materials, can be carried out to green specifications. Flooring is no exception, and if you’re planning a project that needs to have LEED-compliant flooring, it’s important to know what to look for.
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and it’s a certification program created and monitored by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) that ensures independent, third-party verification of sustainable building practices, including materials. Certain products, such as qualifying resinous floor coatings, can help projects earn LEED points. LEED points in various categories indicate the level of certification a building is eligible for, and are earned by using certain processes and products, including LEED-compliant industrial flooring.
LEED focuses on the entire lifecycle of a building, not just how it’s being designed or built. In other words, consideration for the future plays a role–how construction materials will age and how the structure will adapt over time.
Points for certification can be earned during different stages of construction, and various types of flooring can help earn LEED credits on a project. There are flooring systems that qualify for LEED credits based on their material composition, low emissions rating (zero- or low-V.O.C.), overall performance, manner in which they are installed or even the distance of the construction site from the manufacturing source. Consider Florock’s LEED-compliant commercial, industrial and institutional flooring systems when investigating flooring options.
Florock systems offer several options for a facility to earn LEED credits in the Material and Resources category, such as:
Other LEED credits that are obtainable with Florock products include MR Credit 5.1./5.2, for regional materials, and EQ Credit 4.2, for low-emitting material.
Beyond offering products and services that encourage sustainability, Florock is proud to have been one of the first industrial manufacturers to take advantage of metal drum recycling. We also purchase our raw materials in recyclable/collapsible eco-friendly containers whenever available, and we have a policy of using recyclable containers for our own product fills and packaging whenever possible. Our manufacturing site is monitored in accordance with environmental authorities, and we strictly comply with regulations regarding hazardous chemicals, water, sanitation, waste management, and ventilation.
To learn more about LEED credits, points, and certification, or to get more information on Florock’s LEED-compliant industrial flooring, contact us today.