Where Do I Find LEED Certified Floor Material and Products?
By Created: July, 2021
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How Your Flooring Choices Contribute to LEED CertificationThe LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certification, is a program that rates buildings that are green and environmentally friendly. Operated by the U.S. Green Building Council, this system promotes sustainable design.
This program encourages building owners to make careful and strategic decisions in multiple building areas to stay sustainability compliant. You can get credits for different elements, and the higher your overall credits, the higher your LEED certification will be.
LEED certification categories include Building Design and Construction, Interior Design and Construction, Building Operations and Maintenance, Neighborhood Development, and Homes.
Your flooring choices particularly come into play when it comes to the Interior Design and Construction category. By strategically choosing sustainable, eco-friendly flooring, you can maximize your LEED points.
LEED Certified Flooring MaterialsIf you’re looking for LEED certified flooring products, you won’t be restricted to just one type of material. In fact, you’ll be able to choose from a variety of materials, so you can choose a flooring product that’s eco-friendly but that’s also ideal for your needs.
Many types of rubber flooring products are LEED certified. They’re often made from recycled rubber tires, so your flooring choice helps to keep old tires out of landfills and gives the rubber a new life. These products themselves can also often be recycled at the end of their lifespan.
Some vinyl products are also made from recycled content. Some vinyls have low volatile organic compounds, making them a more eco-friendly flooring choice.
LEED Certified Flooring ProductsAt Greatmats, you can choose from a variety of LEED certified flooring products made by many different manufacturers. These products are suitable for both home and commercial use.
Rubber Flooring Rolls 3/8 Inch 10% Color Geneva
These rubber rolls are suitable for home and professional gym floors. They’re easy to install and can be laid on top of a hard, flat surface like concrete.
Because the rolls are available in five-foot increments, you can order just the right amount, minimizing waste and price.
These rolls are an economical option and are highly durable. The color flecks are distributed throughout the entire roll, and they won’t wear off with use.
Geneva Rubber Tile 3/8 Inch Black
These tiles are incredibly easy to install. Their interlocking design creates a secure connection, so the mats won’t pull apart during use. There’s no need for an underlayment, saving you both time and money.
You also don’t need to use an adhesive for the installation, allowing you to pull up and remove the tiles in the future if needed.
Ideal for both home and commercial gym use, these tiles are highly durable and won’t curl up over time.
ZipTile Interlocking Rubber 3/8 – 17% Color
These tiles are precisely engineered so that the interlocking pattern almost entirely disappears, creating the look of a single-piece floor with the convenience of interlocking tiles.
The tiles are also easy to install, and can be hammered together with a rubber mallet. There’s no need to use epoxy, and you can install them over asphalt, concrete, hardwood, and other hard, flat surfaces.
They’re highly durable and feature polyurethane binders that are similar to the materials used in creating synthetic running tracks. The tiles offer excellent sound and shock absorption, and they’re ideal for indoor gyms, free weight areas, locker rooms, and more.
StayLock Tile Bump Top Black
The tile resists most acids and oils, so it’s suitable for industrial use as well as for athletic applications.
These tiles are made in the USA from recycled content, so it may contribute to your LEED points. The tile has a lifespan of 20 years or more, making it a long-term investment within any facility.
At the end of its lifespan, this flooring can be reground back into base materials, then used again for another purpose, maximizing its eco-friendly benefits.
Thanks to its anti fatigue benefits and general forgiving surface, this tile is ideal for athletic installations where repeated motions are required, like in aerobics classes. It can help to minimize the strain placed on joints for a more comfortable workout.
LonCoin II Commercial Vinyl Rolls 6x60 Ft
This flooring is made with recycled content and features LEED low emitting materials, and it may contribute toward both LEED MR and IEQ credits. It’s backed by a 10-year warranty, so you can buy with confidence.
This commercial grade sheet vinyl flooring features an embossed coin top surface with a slight texture for both style and traction. That texture also helps to conceal scuffing, perfect for those high-traffic areas where the flooring will see plenty of use.
LonFloor Vista Commercial Vinyl Rolls 6x60 Ft
This commercial grade vinyl flooring is anti-microbial and is lightly textured to maximize traction. It also adds an intriguing dimension to a smooth surface, making for a durable addition to your business. Cut lengths are available to simplify that installation, and the end effect is a sophisticated, high-performance floor.
LonWood Madera with Top Seal Commercial Vinyl Rolls 6x60 Ft
This vinyl flooring features a factory-applied urethane finish. It’s anti-microbial for a healthy environment, and its durable wear layer maximizes its life, perfect for high-traffic settings.
It’s made of recycled content and may be eligible for MR (Materials and Resources) and IEQ (Indoor Environmental Quality) credits. This flooring also has low VOCs (volatile organic compounds), so you can feel good about choosing it for your flooring or construction project.
Rubber Floor Underlayment 3 mm 4x50 Ft
This rubber underlayment is backed by a five-year manufacturer warranty. It is also eligible for LEED points.
The underlayment is easy to install, requiring no adhesive. Cut lengths are available and can make your installation process easier, minimizing wasted product.
This underlayment won’t break down or lose cushion over time.
Choosing LEED Certified Flooring ProductsWhen choosing the right product for your project, you’ll want to start by considering the different LEED certified flooring materials available. Different materials tend to have different properties – for instance, rubber is usually one of the most durable options, while vinyl often creates an eye-catching, professional finish.
In addition to choosing a product that’s made of LEED certified flooring materials, you’ll also want to consider what you’ll do with that product when it reaches the end of its lifespan. Many of these products are made of recycled materials and can then be recycled again, making for an easy and eco-conscious disposal solution.
Many of these products are designed to allow for an easy DIY (Do-It-Yourself) installation, but some do require professional installations and finishes. A DIY installation can potentially save you installation costs, keeping you within your project budget.
Don’t forget to also consider product warranties. Many commercial products are backed by long warranties, which can be a testament to the product’s quality and durability.
If you have questions about the LEED certified flooring materials or products, our Greatmats customer service team is here to help. Our flooring experts can provide you with additional information, shipping quotes, and more.
Whether you’re working on a multifamily residence or are building a new suite of office buildings, investing in LEED certified flooring products is a wise idea. You’ll find plenty of options here at Greatmats in a wide variety of designs, materials, and finishes.
If you have questions or haven’t found that perfect product yet, please give us a call. We’d be happy to help.
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