Trying to understand and value exactly what the term recycled means in the very diverse world of flooring materials can be a daunting task. Color, finish, pattern and overall beauty of a product and to a lesser degree the performance and durability of the flooring are where most A & D professionals start. Often, taking the time to consider the recycled content of a flooring product is probably not a high priority.
Even for the experts, sorting through the spectrum of manufacturer claims that attempt to quantify the importance of recycled content in their product and what makes their product ‘better’ than their competitor can be extremely difficult. It can be very hard to make an ‘apples to apples’ comparison between materials with very different manufacturing and supply chains, even if the finished materials are similar in appearance or style. The bottom line is that the use of recycled content materials should have a measurable and positive environmental impact.
If you would like to know more about recycle content in building materials as an attribute of a product life cycle assessment, download the article, An Architect’s Perspective to Flooring and Recycling, I published in the August 2013 issue of ARCHITECT MAGAZINE. An added bonus is that you can also get an hour of AIA CEU and/or GBCI CMP credit if you read the article and take the ten-question quiz.