As the world becomes more conscious of the importance of preserving our environment, more and more building projects are requiring that certain standards of sustainability and environmental impact are met.
LEED stands for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” and is the nationally accepted standard for green buildings. Building owners seek a LEED certification as an added advantage to offer to their prospective tenants. Once you familiarise yourself with these guidelines, you will understand the role that tiles from BluePrint Ceramics can play to help your project achieve LEED certification.
It is important to understand that LEED certification applies only to building projects, not materials, products or services. A product cannot be LEED-certified. Beware of any company making such a claim.
SUSTAINABILITY - It's a Green Thing
GREEN It’s not just a color anymore. In the 21st century, green is a badge of honor to be worn by those who are aware of our environment and consistently act in ways that help ensure the future of our planet. At BluePrint Ceramics, green is the color of every day.
When you buy ceramic or porcelain floor tile, you are buying the most eco-friendly type of flooring available. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why.
DURABILITY When properly installed and maintained, your ceramic tile has an expected “lifespan” of 50 years. This reduces time, money and resources spent on extracting raw material, manufacturing, transportation, installation, demolition and disposal requirements.
MATERIAL EXTRACTION Ceramics are made from 100% natural and plentiful raw materials that are usually found in close proximity to the factories, thus reducing fuel consumption and transportation costs.
RECYCLED CONTENT Most of our ceramic tile suppliers manufacture their products in a “closed loop” process that recycles raw material and water wastes back into the production cycle. Even the “leftovers” are ground up for use in paving bricks and road filler.
INDOOR AIR QUALITY Ceramic tiles do not absorb or emit pollutants. When used with most common cement-based setting and grouting materials, available at BluePrint Ceramics, your flooring system can inhibit the growth of mold, mildew, fungus and viruses, letting you breathe easier.
MAINTENANCE Ceramic tiles can be cleaned using just warm water and pH-neutral cleaners. There is no need to use chemicals, waxes, strippers, solvents or shampoos that add to the level of toxic cleaning products being flushed into our ecosystem.
WASTE REDUCTION Ceramic tile has been proven to survive fire and floods, can be installed over existing tile and salvaged or disposed of easily. Its color-fast and non-fading nature means it never needs replacement throughout its lifespan.
All of us here at BluePrint Ceramics take great pride in being green. After all, it’s our Earth, too.