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How Choosing the Right Flooring System Can Bring You Closer to LEED® Certification

Although leading a green lifestyle might have once been dismissed as a passing phase, the reality is that countless families and businesses have now dedicated themselves to protecting the planet through eco-friendly initiatives. Making these shifts towards sustainability can have a big impact on organizations, in particular. Not only can it reduce their energy waste, but it can actually save them money and attract customers looking for green businesses to support. Becoming LEED-certified is one of the best ways to show you're serious about reducing your environmental impact. We'll explain why -- and how your choice of flooring can have an effect on your LEED certification.

What is LEED Certification?

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Being LEED-certified indicates your company's commitment to the use of green building products and eco-friendly design. LEED certification provides your organization with guidelines for products and design features that are more energy efficient, sustainable, and even cost-effective. It's the most widely recognized green building rating system in the entire world; this program really does set the standards for what's truly environmentally friendly and what's not. To become LEED-certified, you'll need to go through a registration and application process. The more LEED points or credits you have (meaning the greater number of eco-conscious standards you meet), the more likely it is that you'll gain this certification.

How Can Our Choice of Industrial Flooring Help Achieve LEED Certification?

The flooring you choose for your facility -- whether it's an office, a warehouse, a factory, or another commercial space -- matters quite a bit when trying to achieve LEED certification. That's because flooring actually falls into several LEED certification categories, such as Indoor Environmental Quality, Innovation and Design Process, and Materials and Resources. Your choice of flooring system can also earn you credits for both new and existing construction, making it easier for your company to achieve certification overall.

There are several ways to earn LEED points with your flooring choice. You'll do well if your choice of floor is made from renewable materials or contains a high percentage of recycled materials. Our mezzanine flooring panels, for example, consist of recycled content, contain no added formaldehyde and is considered a low-emitting material, and thus will improve your eligibility for these LEED credits. You can earn additional LEED points if your choice of flooring is made locally, contains no harmful adhesives or solvents, or meets other industry standards. Since our company is a U.S. Green Building Council member, you can be sure that our mezzanine flooring panels are a solid choice when trying to comply with eco-friendly regulations.

To find out more about the environmental benefits of our mezzanine flooring panels (as well as why they're more cost-efficient!), please contact us today.

Posted on September 16, 2018