08 May Green Flooring: 10 Reasons it’s the Future of Commercial Buildings
In today’s world, sustainability is more important than ever before. As a result, many architects and designers are turning to green building practices to reduce the environmental impact of their buildings. One area that is particularly important to focus on is flooring. Certain flooring materials have a negative impact on the environment. However, green flooring options like terrazzo are more sustainable, durable, and visually appealing. In this blog, we’ll explore 10 reasons why green flooring is the future of commercial buildings and why architects should consider incorporating it into their designs. From improving indoor air quality to reducing maintenance costs, green flooring has a lot to offer for modern buildings. So, let’s dive in and discover why green flooring is the way forward!
Here are 10 reasons why green flooring is the future of commercial buildings:
- Sustainability: There are many green flooring options such as terrazzo, reclaimed wood, and cork. Manufacturers create materials using renewable resources that do not harm the environment.
- Longevity: Green flooring materials may last for decades, reducing the need for frequent replacements.
- Indoor air quality: Indoor air quality is a crucial factor in ensuring the health and well-being of building occupants. Traditional flooring materials can emit harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air, leading to poor indoor air quality. Green flooring options like terrazzo and bamboo are low in VOCs, helping to create a healthier environment for building occupants.
- Durability: Green flooring options are often more durable than traditional flooring materials, meaning they’ll last longer and require less maintenance, saving you time and money.
- Low Carbon Footprint: Through the use of renewable resources and sustainable production methods, green flooring materials lower the carbon footprint of the planet.
- Cost-effective: The installation of green flooring materials may cost more upfront than traditional flooring options, but they often save you money over time through reduced maintenance and energy costs.
- Recyclability: Green flooring materials can often be recycled at the end of their lifecycle, which helps to reduce waste from ending up in landfills.
- Aesthetic Appeal: Many flooring options come with many color options and styles that offer a visually appealing appearance, and go well with other interiors for a building space.
- LEED certification: Using green flooring can help you earn LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, a globally recognized symbol of sustainability in building design.
- Social responsibility: By choosing green flooring, you’re taking a step towards reducing your building’s impact on the environment and contributing to a more sustainable future for our planet.
Terrazzo: The Original Green Floor
Terrazzo is one green flooring option you can consider for a commercial building project. It’s been gaining popularity in recent years due to its sustainability, durability, and aesthetic appeal. But did you know that terrazzo is regarded as the original “green” floor?
Terrazzo was created during the 15th century in Italy. At the time, Venetian marble workers reused marble scraps to create inexpensive flooring for their terraces. Today terrazzo is installed in commercial buildings, especially in high-foot traffic areas like lobbies, corridors, and entryways.
Why consider TERRAZZCO as your choice of green flooring?
- Made from recycled materials: Terrazzo is made from a mixture of recycled TERRAZZCO materials like glass, marble, and granite chips, which helps to reduce waste and the environmental impact of mining virgin materials.
- Zero VOC emissions: TERRAZZCO epoxy resins have zero in volatile organic compounds (VOCs), making it a healthier option for indoor air quality compared to traditional flooring materials.
- Durability: Terrazzo is incredibly durable, often lasting for decades with minimal maintenance. This means that you won’t have to replace your flooring as frequently, saving money and resources in the long run.
- Customizable design: Concord Terrazzo offers many options to customize your terrazzo floor. Terrazzo can be customized with different colors, patterns, and finishes to create a unique and eye-catching look for your commercial building.
- Single-Source: Get all materials from one location. This helps reduce the carbon footprint. At Concord Terrazzo Company, contractors can obtain epoxy resin and aggregates to install a terrazzo floor as well as precast terrazzo products and logo templates. This cuts out the middleman and keeps costs competitive.
- Easy to clean: Terrazzo is non-porous and stain-resistant, making it easy to clean and maintain over time. With proper maintenance, terrazzo floors will last for decades and look as good as new as the day it was installed.
- LEED certification: Using terrazzo flooring can help your building earn LEED certification, as it is a sustainable and environmentally-friendly material. Credits are given to projects that source recycled materials, source materials within 500 miles, or select zero VOC materials.
- Investment value: Terrazzo flooring can add value to your building, as it is a durable and attractive feature that will stand the test of time.
Terrazzo is a great option for green flooring in commercial buildings due to its sustainability, durability, customizable design options, and zero VOC emissions. By incorporating terrazzo into your building space, you can create beautiful and sustainable spaces that benefit both people and the planet.
TERRAZZCO Brand Products use the highest amount of recycled and zero VOC materials in their composition as possible. One system to consider is TERRAZZCO’s Green Terrazzo System. Green Terrazzo is an epoxy terrazzo system made from renewable ingredients that are not Red Listed. This terrazzo product is designed to support modern sustainable building practices that prioritize human health and protect the environment.
To learn more about this flooring system, contact a Concord Terrazzo Company representative at email@example.com.