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Greener underlayments offer performance, environmental benefits

The plethora of green building materials is impacting product choices in the residential and commercial markets, and underlayments are no exception. By lowering the environmental footprint, vendors claim they are helping reduce global warming emissions, consuming less non-renewable energy and preserving natural resources.

“Today’s consumer is more educated than ever before, and she will continue to further her education in the future,” noted Drew Holland, marketing manager, Healthier Choice, a producer of carpet cushion and acoustic solutions. “She is looking for products that are not only good for the environment, but also healthy for her home and family.”

Increased consumer education is cited by experts as one of the biggest reasons why environmentally friendly underlayments are rapidly gaining acceptance in the marketplace. Consumers are reportedly becoming more aware of the movement toward greener building products through marketing by manufacturers and retailers. The end result is the rapid development of underlayments featuring higher concentrations of sustainable and renewable resources in their construction. Continue reading Greener underlayments offer performance, environmental benefits

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Adhesives manufacturers developing green practices save resources, time, money, keep hazardous gasses out of air

Do you remember when air pollution was the big, environmental concern? Legislation, electric cars and clean burning energy has helped narrow that focus to the quality of air in homes, or indoor air quality (IAQ). “IAQ is going to be a big deal, maybe even bigger than global warming,” predicted John Woolsey, vice president of sales for Anderson Hardwood. As homes get tighter to improve energy efficiency and die-hard activists move to metropolitan centers to reduce their carbon footprints, the quality of air indoors has become increasingly important.

Some of the main factors affecting IAQ are volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and isocyanates, both of which are off-gasses commonly found in flooring adhesives. Today, companies can proudly advertise the absence of these compounds with third-party verifications from organizations like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI), the GreenGuard Environmental Institute, and Scientific Certification Systems. With their help, adhesive companies are going to great lengths to improve the floors we walk on and the air we breathe. Continue reading Adhesives manufacturers developing green practices save resources, time, money, keep hazardous gasses out of air