The Green Life Smart Life home is using flooring inside which are helping to award the home with Environmentally Preferable Product points under the LEED for Homes certification. There are three particular floors throughout the house that qualify for EPP points (Materials and Resources category).
The most used flooring throughout the house is reclaimed hardwoods that have been harvested from an old barn. There are many barns and old buildings that have been set aside to be demolished instead they are harvested and reused as eco friendly flooring. Besides the unique look and interesting history, reclaimed hardwoods offers so much more, using reclaimed woods is the environmentally responsible thing to do; it allows the wood to have a second life and saves new trees from being cut down.
Marmoleum flooring will also be used in the Green Life Smart Life home in the laundry room as well as the pantry. Marmoleum is extremely eco friendly and is made up of many different natural raw materials. It’s resistance to bacteria makes this particular flooring popular for schools and hospitals. Marmoleum is also fire resistant, very easy to maintain, hygienic, warm and comfortable to touch unlike cold tile and it uses natural raw materials. Rosin, wood flour, cork flour, linseed oil and limestone are the key ingredients to making Maroleum.
“As long as the sun shines and the rain falls, we can produce MARMOLEUM® and ARTOLEUM®.” -Forbo-
The third flooring that will be used in the Green Life Smart Life home is Fireclay tile. Fireclay uses unique, affordable and green methods to produce their tiles. Using recycled materials to make their clay makes this a great choice for the green life smart life home. Fireclay is very green in the sense that they recycle their kiln heat, water and all of their manufacturing waste that is reused throughout their business.
Flooring was a careful consideration on this project as all products has to be safe both the environment and the family – and add to the New England cottage décor in the home. They are all extracted, processed and manufactured within the region making them great candidates for environmentally preferable product points.
Posted by: Kate Kiselka