Cork flooring a step toward LEED certification
Cork flooring a step toward LEED certification Incorporating eco-friendly elements into buildings is rapidly becoming one of the most popular routes in interior design. According to NPR, green building account for nearly one-third of new construction in the United States, and that is no more apparent than in the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.
The news source reports that the building features a number of environmentally friendly components, including a dual-flush toilet that facilities manager John Bresettuses claims uses half the water that normal fixtures do.
The initiative to construct a green building stemmed from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program. The school of business earned silver certification - which is behind only gold and platinum on the council's scale.
One of the ways homeowners and businesses can achieve LEED certification is through using eco-friendly materials such as cork flooring, the news provider reports. According to TLC.com, in addition to treading lightly on the environment, cork flooring is noise resistant and offers a cushioning effect underfoot because it is comprised of millions of air cells.