While LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) started out as a rating system for sustainable new construction, over the past nearly two decades, it has grown to now encompass nearly all types of building projects and is the most widely used green rating system in the world. The benefits to building owners of having U.S. Green Building Council LEED certification can range from tax rebates and zoning allowances, to better public image and higher shareholder satisfaction. Because of this, owners and managers are opting more and more for products and systems that can contribute to their facilities’ LEED credits and certification.
Virtually every aspect of a building’s construction—from design to materials—now has sustainable options, and flooring is no exception.
Sheet goods, plank systems, tile or any product that must be cut to fit inevitably leaves unused and unusable scraps. Not only is this a matter of wasted materials, but these materials must be disposed of properly in accordance with local ordinances. Transporting these materials to the landfill adds to the cost of installation, since most locations now impose a variety of fees when accepting construction waste.
Fluid-applied polymer floor coatings, on the other hand, are mixed in the quantities needed for application onto each floor space. There is no cut off waste or factory finished product being sent to the landfill.
Epoxies and other fluid-applied floor resins, when produced by quality manufacturers and properly installed, demonstrate proven durability and can last for years—even decades—longer than many other types of flooring. With their extended replacement cycles, polymer coated concrete flooring can help reduce the use of resources, in terms of materials and energy, required to keep facility traffic surfaces in good repair.
Additional benefits to sustainable concrete floor coating use include the following:
There are several areas in which the right polymer floor coating products can contribute to LEED Green Building credits. Under the category of Materials and Resources, a variety of topics are covered, such as Building Reuse, Construction Waste Management, Recycled Content and Regional Materials:
Within the category of Environmental Quality, Low Emitting Materials such as zero and very low V.O.C. products can contribute to good Indoor Air Quality or IAQ. For example, the use of 100% solids, solvent free epoxy flooring is often eligible for earning the LEED credit EQ 4.2.
We offer a complete range of environmentally friendly flooring products. In fact, all of our systems contain only extremely low to zero VOCs, so they are all qualified as “low-emitting materials.” Additionally, they comply with all federal regulations, as well as virtually all local EPS regulations. Call us today and let us help you select the system that will best meet your requirements and budget, as well as your customers’ and shareholders’ expectations for sustainability.