“Green Building” is the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle. From job site selection to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction, there are ways to make new or existing construction green. This practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort.
Green buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment by:
- Efficiently using energy, water, and other resources
- Protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity
- Reducing waste, pollution, and environmental degradation
For example, green buildings may incorporate sustainable materials in their construction (e.g., reused, recycled-content, or made from renewable resources); create healthy indoor environments with minimal pollutants (e.g., reduced product emissions); and/or feature landscaping that reduces water usage (e.g., by using native plants that survive without extra
BENEFITS OF GREEN BUILDING
We can incorporate Green Building Principles into every service aspect of the flooring life-cycle. The benefits of the services we provide include the following:
- Enhance and protect biodiversity and ecosystems
- Improve air and water quality
- Reduce waste streams
- Conserve and restore natural resources
- Reduce operating costs
- Create, expand, and shape markets for green product and services
- Improve occupant productivity
- Optimize life-cycle economic performance
- Enhance occupant comfort and health
- Heighten aesthetic qualities
- Minimize strain on local infrastructure
- Improve overall quality of life
By working with us to apply these Green Building Principles in to your flooring project, you can maximize both economic and environmental performance. Green construction methods can be integrated into buildings at any stage, from design and construction, to renovation and deconstruction.
We will help you to find the right flooring products and services that will help give your building the LEED score you are looking for.
What is LEED?
The LEED® (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ is a voluntary, consensus-based standard to support and certify successful green building design, construction and operations. It is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
What does it do for flooring?
It’s transforming the marketplace by providing a nationally recognized certification system to promote integrated, whole-building design practices in the building industry, including commercial flooring. The system is based on achieving a certain amount of point, which are allocated for deign choices defined with the standard. Flooring products and installation materials can contribute to earning points in two of the five LEED categories.
LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance.