As the world becomes more environmentally conscious, the demand for “green” flooring products continues to increase! The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) initiative is driving this demand.
LEED has certification levels for new construction, commercial interiors and existing buildings. Floor coverings play an important role in all of these categories. There are many products that we sell and install that are sustainable and can count toward your LEED certification.
The LEED eligibility points can come from many sources: carpet fibers made from recycled pop bottles (polyester fiber), carpet fibers made from starch-based agricultural waste products (polylactic acids), carpet backings made from recovered automotive windshields (polyvinyl butyls). The sources of recycled content and eco-compatible flooring products are increasing daily.
However, all these green flooring products have appearance and performance tradeoffs compared to their virgin product counterparts. You need someone who actually has installed all of these sustainable flooring products and someone who has witnessed firsthand their appearance and performance over time. We at Jack Laurie have done so. We are at the cutting edge of all sustainable floor coverings. In fact, we have installed several floors in projects that have received the platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system.
Call us so we can share our experiences with you and help choose the correct green product for your job.