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Installation: Latest adhesives promote eco-friendly attributes

May 28/June 4, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 25

By Lindsay Baillie

Adhesive manufacturers are continuing to develop premium environmentally friendly products as a means to stay in lockstep with the flooring industry’s continuous push toward greener floors. Many of today’s green adhesives are FloorScore certified, solvent free and contain zero VOCs—all of which help contribute points to LEED. These qualities are all beneficial to the end user and environment as well as the installers who handle the products on a daily basis.

What’s more, many of these eco-friendly products provide installers with easy-to-install, quick-drying solutions to help shorten installation time while also addressing specific subfloor issues found on the job site.

Following is an overview of some of the latest green products hitting the market.

DriTac

DriTac offers a full line of wood and resilient flooring adhesives that have been certified by CRI’s Green Label Plus Program and also tout zero VOCs/zero solvents. This includes DriTac 7800 Supreme Green, a hybrid polymer adhesive that provides unlimited subfloor moisture control with no testing required and a lifetime warranty.

Supreme Green is a premium, single-component, environmentally friendly sound- and moisture-control wood flooring adhesive designed to suppress concrete subfloor cracks. The problem-solving solutions contain zero VOCs, zero solvents and has been independently tested and certified by CRI for indoor air quality. Manufactured in the USA, Supreme Green can be used for the successful installations of multi-ply engineered plank, solid wood plank, bamboo flooring and more.

Utilization of DriTac 7800 Supreme Green allows end users to turn what has traditionally been a two-to-three-day process into a time-efficient, one-day installation that saves the consumer money. DriTac 7800 Supreme Green is also easy to clean off the surface of hardwood flooring wet or dry and contains zero isocyanates. With its ability to isolate old cutback adhesive, Supreme Green offers five installation solutions in one pail.

Henry

Henry, an Ardex Americas brand, has launched its new fast-track, roll-applied vinyl adhesive, Henry 647 Plum Pro, which is formulated with GreenLine technology.

“Since the early 2000s, the Henry GreenLine adhesives have been designed to provide high performance with extremely low odor and VOC emissions,” said Steven Newbrough, environmental programs specialist, Ardex Americas. “Henry 647 can endure RH levels up to 95% and a pH of 11, making it suitable for use in extreme environments.”

The vinyl adhesive has a long lifespan and is backed by a 20-year SystemOne warranty. As a result, Henry 647 spreads the environmental impact over a longer period of time, causing it to be lower per year than some products on the market, the company said. This impact is further reduced by its coverage of up to 400 square feet, as fewer packages and pails are needed to complete a job. Henry 647 also joins a number of Henry adhesives with FloorScore certification. It has been tested in accordance with CDPH v1.2-2017 and meets the indoor air quality emissions criteria of LEED, CHPS, The Green Guide for Health Care and a number of other healthy building programs.

Laticrete

Latapoxy BioGreen 300, a high-strength, chemical-resistant epoxy adhesive made with biobased material, is designed to provide an alternative to conventional, nonrenewable, petroleum-derived products.

Equipped for the most demanding installations of tile and stone, Latapoxy BioGreen 300 exceeds both ANSI A118.3 and ISO 13007 R2 requirements for epoxy adhesives and can be used in interior and exterior areas such as walls and floors, as well as wet and dry areas. Additionally, the bio-based epoxy adhesive can be used to install a variety of ceramic tile, marble and natural stone flooring products, and it will bond to most sound, clean surfaces, the company stated. It also spreads easily and can be cleaned with water while fresh.

Latapoxy BioGreen 300 is a component of the Laticrete Lifetime System Warranty, thereby providing one source, one warranty from the substrate to the grout.

Uzin

Uzin, a UFloor brand, now offers Uzin KE 2000 S, a premium, universal adhesive designed for the installation of various floor coverings on both porous and non-porous substrates. Thanks to its high-solids formulation, Uzin KE 2000 S has an extremely high coverage rate—up to 630 square feet per three-gallon pail, depending on the flooring, trowel size and substrate condition. It has high shear strength, high moisture vapor resistance, excellent resistance to plasticizers and is quick drying, thereby allowing for fast installations.

This installer-friendly adhesive is low odor (less than 20 g/l VOC), easy to trowel and is ideal for use in occupied buildings such as healthcare and educational facilities. Uzin KE 2000 S is compliant with both the strict California Specification 01350 (VOC emissions) and SCAQMD Rule 1168, and it is a LEED v4 contributing product. Furthermore, Uzin KE 2000 S conforms to the requirements of the International Maritime Organization’s Ship Safety Division 0736 and meets the extremely stringent GEV-Emicode EU standard for very low emissions. Uzin KE 2000 S can be used in both commercial and residential applications and is suitable for use with all radiant heat systems.

Schönox

One of Schönox’s most popular green adhesives, Schönox Roll and Go, is a rollable acrylic adhesive for luxury vinyl tile floors. It is suitable for bonding LVT on smooth, sound, clean, dry substrates in interior areas. This rollable, acrylic adhesive will contribute up to five points in a LEED v4 project. Schönox Roll and Go contributes to low-emitting materials, Environmental Product Declaration and Material Ingredients, and it has been recognized as an EC 1Plus-regulated product yielding very low emissions. Schönox Roll and Go can be easily applied to substrates and features an open time of approximately 24 hours. Schönox Roll and Go offers an immediately loadable surface for LVT installation.

For more than 125 years, Schönox products have been manufactured in Germany under the strictest quality standards. The company is certified under the ISO 9001 and 14001 quality and environmental management standards. In addition, the company’s research and development division works daily to develop solutions that are innovative with regard to performance as well as environmental stewardship.

 

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Mohawk’s Glasgow showroom receives LEED Gold certification

Glasgow, Va.—Mohawk Industries has been awarded LEED Gold certification for its renovated showroom at the commercial carpet tile manufacturing facility here. LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building, community and home project types, the rating system provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings.

“LEED certification for our Glasgow showroom is another inspiring chapter in our company’s sustainability story,” said George Bandy, vice president of commercial marketing and sustainability for Mohawk Industries. “Our investment in the customer experience reinforces our dedication to better design, innovation, sustainability, project solutions and operational excellence. This commitment can be seen in how we approach the same rigorous certifications that our very products help customers achieve.”

The facility, located in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, manufactures carpet tile and plank for the flooring company’s Mohawk Group commercial brand. The renovated showroom, which showcases Mohawk Group’s carpet tile, broadloom and hard surface portfolio, will be used as an initial connection point for contract customers visiting the site as part of Mohawk’s mill tour experience and as meeting space for internal and external stakeholders. The re-envisioned showroom achieved LEED Gold by implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in energy efficiency, materials selection, indoor environmental quality and other sustainable attributes.

“The Glasgow showroom LEED certification demonstrates Mohawk’s tremendous green building leadership,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, U.S. Green Building Council. “Market transformation happens one building at a time. Mohawk understands the value of LEED and has long been a respected champion of sustainability, reshaping their sector. The success of LEED is due to the partnership and support of those committed to advancing green building and sustainability. Each new LEED certification brings us one step closer to revolutionizing our built environment, and to create a better future for all.”

The Mohawk team implemented several strategic operations in design and construction, including the following:

  • All construction waste generated on-site was diverted from the landfill.
  • All finishes used in the showroom’s interior are comprised of low-emitting materials.
  • All appliances installed in the showroom space are ENERGY STAR certified.
  • Virtually all showroom lighting fixtures include occupancy sensors.
  • Only LED lighting was specified, helping to reduce lighting power by nearly 67% over code.
  • Almost one third of materials taken from the original space were repurposed, salvaged and reused in the renovation.

“This certification is the perfect complement to our strides in corporate social responsibility and sustainability and the work done by our associates here in Glasgow,” said Todd Shail, vice president of commercial manufacturing. “Our Virginia plant employees pour their hearts into their work here—this showroom is a meaningful customer-facing representation of the innovation that takes place both inside and outside of the plant.”

Mohawk’s Glasgow facility has long been celebrated as a model of innovation and energy efficiency as the source of the world’s first Living Product Challenge Petal certified floorcovering, Lichen, as well as several hundred other Red List-free products. Investments like lighting retrofits and the replacement of aging boilers and ovens with new, more efficient ones have led to significant reductions in energy consumption at the plant. The Glasgow campus was recently recognized by the National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Wildlife Habitat. The plant is also home to six on-site beehives maintained by a production manager who is also a beekeeper. Additionally, the site provides rich connections to the natural world for the nearly 645 team members there, helping contribute to employee health and wellness.

For more information, visit MohawkSustainability.com.

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How-to guide helps manufacturers meet LEED requirements

Screen Shot 2015-10-20 at 1.02.39 PMBoston—A new report was released on Oct. 21 by Clean Production Action and Green Circle Certified which offers guidance on using the GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals method to meet LEED v4 requirements.

GreenScreen helps manufacturers, architects and designers in identifying chemicals of concern and selecting safer alternatives. The new report—How to Use GreenScreen for LEED v4—provides an overview on LEED requirements and defines terms that are critical for meeting them. Included in the Guide are directions on how manufacturers can get their inventories or optimization claims verified for LEED v4 compliance.

More important, the how-to guide charts a four-step process for using GreenScreen to determine that products are compliant with new LEED v4 requirements around building product disclosure and optimization. The four steps inlcude Product Inventory, Chemical Hazard Assessment, Reporting and and (Optional) LEED-compliant verification.

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Two Shaw facilities achieve LEED certification

Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 4.08.47 PMDalton—Shaw Industries Group has achieved the LEED Silver designation for Plant 72, an administrative building on the corporate campus, and the Shaw Family Health Center, both located here.

Recognized globally as the premier mark of achievement in green building, LEED certification requires that building projects meet specific thresholds to achieve different levels (Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum). Points are accrued in five green design categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality.

“These LEED certifications are a testament to Shaw’s holistic approach to sustainability,” said Paul Murray, vice president of sustainability and environmental affairs at Shaw. “We are focused on designing and operating our facilities to minimize environmental impact and maintain ongoing comfort and efficiency.”

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Study: Demand for LEED credentials rising

Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 10.07.28 AMWashington, D.C. — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) said a study of job postings from across the U.S. reveals that demand for the LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) and LEED Green Associate credentials grew 46% over a 12-month period.

“This figure tells a powerful story about the value that building industry employers assign to knowledgeable, LEED-credentialed professionals,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC.

The study, conducted by USGBC education partner Pearson, using data provided by Burning Glass, found a total of 9,033 U.S. job postings from March 2013 to February 2014 that required a LEED credential.
Top fields being advertised included available positions in mechanical, electrical and civil engineering; construction management; architecture; software development; sales management; property management; and interior design, among others.

A secondary 90-day study from January 2014 to March 2014 of 2,354 U.S. green-building related positions also found LEED as the skill in highest demand by a wide margin. LEED appeared in 59% of all postings, compared to the second-most-required skill, which appeared in 17% of the postings.

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Green Squared: Three years later, so far, so good

Volume 28/Number 6; September 1/8, 2014

By Louis Iannaco

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Almost three years after its inception, Green Squared, the initiative developed by the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) to recognize and certify sustainable products for the North American tile industry, is maintaining its importance, according to ceramic executives.

Flooring’s first sustainability standard for tile and tile installation materials, Green Squared was developed by TCNA under the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) process and recognizes manufacturers for environmental leadership and corporate social responsibility across a broad range of indicators, covering environmental product characteristics, product manufacturing and raw material extraction, end-of-product life management, progressive corporate governance and innovation.

According to Bill Griese, standards development/green initiative manager, TCNA, the standard has strengthened the tile industry’s presence in the green building community. “With continued influence and an emerging presence in today’s green building standards and rating systems, awareness of the standard and the demand for Green Squared-certified products are on the rise. This has resulted in increased A&D familiarity with Green Squared.”

Today, he noted, the use of Green Squared-certified products can directly contribute toward points or compliance in three major standards/rating systems: Green Globes for New Construction, NAHB National Green Building Standard and ASHRAE 189.1. The tile industry, in collaboration with several other flooring categories, is “working to establish similar references to Green Squared and other flooring industry programs in LEED and the International Green Construction Code.”

Green Squared certification was developed by TCNA to acknowledge products verified by an independent third party to be in conformance with ANSI A138.1. Products certified under Green Squared are allowed use of the Green Squared certified mark, an easily recognizable label that helps architects, designers and end users choose products that meet the industry’s range of sustainability criteria.

Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), which evaluated the first three certifications for products from Crossville, Interceramic and Metropolitan Ceramics by Ironrock, was among the first third-party certifiers accredited by TCNA to conduct evaluations under the standard.

Noah Chitty, technical services manager, Crossville, said Green Squared has allowed the tile industry to be part of the sustainability conversation in a way that was not possible before. “Since its inception, we’ve seen a major shift from single-attribute criteria to transparency and broader sustainability ideas.”

While discussions of potential revisions to LEED are ongoing, references to Green Squared in the International Green Construction Code were preliminarily approved in May, and the International Code Council’s final action on this decision will take place next month.

“Professionals are still waiting for the sustainability community to decide how multi-attribute systems will be recognized in LEED,” Chitty explained, “but they seem to appreciate that the standard has been developed.”

As Lori Kirk-Rolley, vice president, brand marketing, Dal-Tile, noted, since its introduction, Green Squared has made sustainable product selection easier than ever. “It’s more than just a labeling program; it represents North America’s consensus on what is required for a tile to be truly sustainable through measurable and verifiable criteria for products possessing a full range of social and ecological attributes. This means sustainable product specification is now easier, faster and more consistent across the industry.”

Daltile and American Olean were among the first brands to endorse the Green Squared program in 2012. All of the company’s U.S. facilities, as well as its Monterrey, Mexico, operations, were included in the third-party audit process, Kirk-Rolley noted, so architects and designers can be confident Dal-Tile products meet the standard’s requirements.

“This standard is helping us better assist our customers in the specification of tile products that meet both the sustainability and usability needs of the spaces they create,” she added. “The certification offers a clear definition of what the industry defines as a green product, thereby making it easier for our customers to identify environmentally friendly products for their flooring needs.

“It means when our customers choose a Dal-Tile product for their sustainable projects,” Kirk-Rolley added, “it isn’t just an easy decision; it’s one they can make with confidence.”

In 2013 Dal-Tile completed all the necessary process changes, and now 100% of its Daltile and American Olean branded products meet the Green Squared certification to the new ANSI Standard–A138.1 Sustainable Tile & Installation Materials.

Sean Cilona, marketing director, Florida Tile, said the domestic tile industry needed Green Squared in order to create an independent body that can substantiate environmental claims made by manufacturers. “It has been a great way for us to differentiate ourselves and our products from foreign competitors and give each of us another solid selling point when promoting ourselves to an increasingly environmentally conscious market.”

Regarding its progress, he noted, Green Squared is something that is still making its way through the marketplace and into the hands of the end user. “It has been a great step toward some of the third-party certifications that are part of the LEED v4 program.”

For Crossville, Green Squared means the company can focus more on an overall sustainability message instead of having to chase individual criteria. “It allows us to focus on a broader set of goals, which is good for us and our customers,” Chitty said.

Crossville adopted process-based standards in sustainability years before Green Squared, he explained, “and through third-party evaluations we certified our processes instead of products. Green Squared provided validation of this approach and broadened the concept to involve all aspects of the company, not just the production process.”

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What the future holds

As Griese noted, the tile industry is historically rooted in stringent consensus standards and, therefore, is continuously pushing for improvement in the field of sustainability. “This means Green Squared will evolve over time to raise the bar for product sustainability—from manufacturing requirements, to materials and resources, to product use phase and end of life—all with a focus on the environment and society.”

With today’s focus on product transparency and a growing demand for facts to back up sustainability claims, it is possible that Green Squared will become even more prevalent. “It’s likely that industry-wide life cycle reporting initiatives and environmental product declarations (EPD) will be tied into the overall Green Squared message,” Griese concluded.

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USGBC launches online green building data for states

Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 4.39.07 PMWashington, D.C. — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) launched its new online data visualization resource that highlights real-time green building data for each state in the U.S. and Washington, D.C. The enhanced state market briefs—highlighting LEED projects, LEED-credentialed professionals and USGBC membership in each state—provide green building advocates and the general public a look into LEED’s impact within any U.S. state.

“Our state-level market briefs demonstrate USGBC’s commitment to data and information transparency at an important level of granularity. You can’t find this data anywhere else in the market,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, chief operating officer, USGBC. “The choice to build green buildings is simple. These state-level data visualizations make it even simpler.”

The dynamic market briefs for each state were created to supply green building advocates with on-the-ground information to tell robust stories about the multifaceted benefits of LEED green buildings. Each market brief acts as a state-level barometer of economic activity taking place in an industry that McGraw-Hill projects could be worth up to $248 billion and represent more than half of all commercial and institutional construction in the U.S. by 2016.

Market briefs for countries outside the U.S. are available upon request, and LEED for Homes and LEED for Neighborhood Development data and projects will be added later this year. The market briefs highlight data on cumulative LEED-registered and -certified projects, gross square footage of LEED-registered and -certified space, project totals broken out by owner type and space type, USGBC member organizations by type, LEED professional credential holders, links to chapter(s) serving that state, as well as a project profile scorecard.

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USGBC certifies its 50,000th housing unit

Screen Shot 2014-01-24 at 9.37.43 AMWashington, D.C. — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) said it has certified its 50,000th green housing unit.

Since the launch of the LEED for Homes rating system in 2007, the green building program has grown from 392 housing units LEED-certified in 2007 to 15,000 and 17,000 housing units in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

 Of the 50,000-plus certified units, 74% are within multifamily buildings, while 44% are classified as affordable housing.

 There are also more than 82,000 units under construction and in the pipeline for LEED certification.

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Wood adhesive producers keeping it green and safe

By Louis Iannaco

Volume 26/Number 24; April 15/22, 2013

Taylor says its MS-Plus Advance wood flooring adhesive is a higher performance, safer alternative to urethane wood adhesives.

When it comes to developing the safest, most effective products possible, wood glue manufacturers have been meticulous in creating adhesives that are both effective and environmentally safe for both the installer and homeowner.

According to Dri-Tac’s vice president of technology, Steve Lontchar, the most well-known VOC regulation is California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District’s (SCAQ-MD) VOC Rule 1168 for Adhesive and Sealant applications, which some experts believe is “long overdue for both review and subsequent revision. Continue reading Wood adhesive producers keeping it green and safe

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Al's Column

Volume 26/Number 22; March 18/25, 2013

MEMBER BENEFITS: There are many reasons to belong to the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA)—from training and education scholarship funds to discounts on insurance and shipping to a host of other benefits that far outweigh the cost of membership. A new benefit is expected to come out next month in the form of a whitepaper to help retailers properly classify independent contractors. This continues to be a major issue for many dealers around the country as federal and state rules are not only often different, there are differences among the various agencies interested in the classification. WFCA’s whitepaper is intended to provide members with the information necessary to properly classify independent contractors under the various federal and state laws. Being able to avoid the hefty fines that can come from misclassification is reason enough to join WFCA. Call 800.624.6880 for more.

CHALLENGE: Co-founded by renowned architect William McDonough, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has partnered with the Make It Right Foundation, founded by actor Brad Pitt to help rebuild New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, to challenge manufacturers. The task at hand is to create a product for the affordable housing market that is safe for human and environmental health and designed for re-use. Products need to excel in meeting the Institute’s criteria for cradle-to-cradle recycling while fulfilling Make It Right’s mission to provide homes for people in need.

PRIZES: Applications are due by June 30 and a number of worthwhile prizes await those who complete the rigorous process and create a product that meets the judges’ approval. Initially, up to 20 finalists will be announced on Sept. 16, and they will receive two months of media exposure and promotion for their products leading up to the announcement of the winners. Then on Nov. 15, at Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, up to three will be announced. Each will share a cash prize of $250,000, with first place receiving $125,000, second winning $75,000 and third getting $50,000. Visit c2ccertified.org/challenge to learn more about the contest and to register.

LEED-ING STATES: With approximately 2.2 billion square feet of space certified worldwide under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED program through 2012, which states in the U.S. are leading the way? USGBC recently released its annual list of the top states for new LEED certifications. The per-capita list is based on 2010 U.S. Census data which is combined with new LEED certifications in 2012. The District of Columbia was once again the far and away winner with 36.97 square feet of LEED space per resident last year. As far as actual states go, Virginia was No. 1 with 3.71 square feet per resident, overtaking Colorado with 2.1 square feet per resident. Other states on the list include Massachusetts, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Washington, California, Texas and Nevada.

LEED-ING SPACES: USGBC’s list also points out the total projects certified and the total amount of LEED space certified in 2012. California, which came in ninth place at 1.46 square feet per resident led the way with 540 projects certified, accounting for more than 54.2 million square feet. Second place goes to Texas, which was tenth in per capita, with 224 certified projects totaling a little more than 36 million square feet. New York, which came in seventh in per capita, was third in total projects (214) and certified space (34.4 million). Based on total certified space the rest of the best would be Virginia, Illinois, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Maryland, Colorado, Washington and Nevada