- Energy savings
- Water efficiency
- CO2 emissions reduction
- Improved indoor environmental quality
- Stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
Saving energy may mean choosing a natural flooring that requires little energy to produce; buying locally so that transportation energy is minimal; choosing flooring with no or low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) emissions because they can contribute to health problems; or choosing flooring that is made from renewable resources.
According to the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), the carpet industry is working hard to minimize carpet’s impact on the environment. The Green Label ensures that customers are purchasing carpet, adhesive and cushion products with the lowest VOC emissions currently possible. In addition, more and more of the five billion pounds of carpet that is replaced annually are being recycled to make new carpet or other products.
When shopping for hardwood flooring in Murrieta, look for certification and understand that most of the flooring will be imported. Only 4% of the United States’ own native, old growth forests are still standing.
Is it Wood or Tile? At first glance, this flooring looks like hardwood, but it’s actually a porcelain tile that doesn’t require shining or refinishing. If you have an outdoor wooden deck this is a finish you should consider. You know how quickly sunlight, rain and snow can make that fresh timber turn ashy gray. Wood-look tile can be made from 85 percent recycled materials and won’t fade with sun exposure.
Choose floors that can be cleaned and maintained without the use of harsh chemicals.
Choose floors that don’t have to be refinished or resealed often.
Choose floors that can be recycled, reused or will naturally decompose. (Generally speaking, synthetic flooring will not decompose, but can be recycled.)