Epoxy Terrazzo: A Sustainable Flooring Option for Commercial Buildings

 

With the increase of green construction projects around the world, selecting building materials that assist in developing environmentally responsible design is important now more than ever. It takes more than using recycled materials or sourcing materials locally to be considered a green product. Terrazzo flooring is regarded as one of the most sustainable flooring systems you can use today.

 

As a material supplier of terrazzo materials, we take eco-friendly measures in every step of the development of terrazzo from the sourcing, installation, and product life-cycle. TERRAZZCO epoxy resins are non-toxic, environmentally-friendly, and include options to use recycled materials.

Sustainable Terrazzo Floor

Terrazzo Manufacturing Process and Material Consumption

 

Concord Terrazzo Company manufactures a full line of two-part epoxy resin products to complete an epoxy terrazzo installation. TERRAZZCO EZPour Epoxy 158 and other epoxy resin products use the highest amounts of recycled and low VOC materials into their composition.

 

Concord Terrazzo Company also trains TERRAZZCO employees to use green techniques throughout the manufacturing and shipping phases, such as using filtered and recycled water, materials reuse, and waste disposal.

 

Terrazzo Floors with Recycled Contents

 

White marble chips are the traditional source of aggregates for terrazzo floors, TERRAZZCO offers post-industrial and post-consumer recycled glass aggregates to mix with our EZPour Epoxy 158 product. To reduce the amount of glass and mirror products making it to landfills, we partner with local waste facilities and manufacturing companies to bring in their discarded materials. Our warehouse facility crushes the glass products in several sizes and color options that can contribute to LEED credits when designing a terrazzo floor.

Sustainable Flooring During the Installation Process

 

TERRAZZCO epoxy resins are 100% solids with zero VOCs and non-toxic odors. No off-gassing occurs as the product is installed.

 

Throughout the installation process, minimal waste occurs when contractors install terrazzo using TERRAZZCO EZPour Epoxy 158. Even after the terrazzo installation is complete, the terrazzo floor is easily maintained using environmentally safe, non-toxic cleaners.

LOW VOC Epoxy - Sustainable Terrazzo Flooring

Zero VOCs in Sustainable Terrazzo Flooring

 

Once a seamless terrazzo floor is installed, it is easy to clean. As a result, terrazzo reduces the amount of water, energy, and time to maintain the floor. With zero VOCs, TERRAZZCO epoxy resins maintain a healthy indoor air quality (IAQ) compared to traditional flooring materials. With no harmful gasses transmitting through the surface, epoxy terrazzo can benefit the health of building occupants throughout the flooring life-cycle.

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Sustainable Terrazzo Flooring

Terrazzo Longevity

 

How long a product lasts has an impact on the environment as well. Flooring systems that often need replacing create a problem for landfills. In high traffic areas such as schools, airports, and hospitals, wear and tear causes some flooring types to be replaced much sooner than expected. However, a seamless thin-set epoxy terrazzo flooring using TERRAZZCO EZPour Epoxy 158 gives you the best value if you are searching for a durable flooring system, with a lifecycle lasting the whole lifespan of a building structure with proper floor care.

 

It is important to state that it takes energy and time to remove and replace flooring multiple times during a building’s lifespan. Terrazzo floors are built to last. Even after the life-cycle of a terrazzo floor is complete, components of the terrazzo floor can be recycled and reused again for new construction or restoration projects.