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Why Sustainable Flooring Design requires more than Life Cycle Assessment

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    $30 for BSA members ($60 for non-members)

In recent years, manufacturers have developed new products and reformulated materials in an effort to improve sustainability of flooring system components. This includes using renewable resources, using recycled content, reducing embodied energy, and decreasing VOCs. Unfortunately, these changes are often at the expense of durability. The consequence of using “green” materials without sufficient understanding of their limitations can be flooring failure or a significant decrease in the floor’s lifespan. The subsequent repair or replacement of the floor has a significant environmental (and monetary) cost.

This workshop presented by Matt Fuhrmeister PE, senior staff I – building technology, at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger inc., will use case studies to show flooring failures of “green” materials and calculate the environmental impact of replacing a flooring system. We will review environmental regulations and LEED credits available for each component of a flooring system and examine how the system can be specified and detailed to meet these requirements without sacrificing durability.

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