Years ago when Rubber Flooring, Inc. was first started, our founders sat down and brainstormed on how to build a viable and successful business that also was eco-conscious and environmentally friendly. At this time, the whole “green” movement was just starting to get some publicity and architects and building supply companies alike were beginning to stress the idea of using more recycled and sustainable resources in their building projects and product lines. Through dedication, careful study, and perhaps a weird set of coincidences, the team decided that recycled rubber flooring would be their answer.
Fast forward to today and what has happened? Rubber Flooring, Inc. has grown to become the largest online retailer / wholesaler of recycled rubber flooring in North America. When purchasing recycled rubber floor products, each and every customer of ours is helping to keep used car and truck tires out of landfills. In fact, at this point Rubber Flooring Inc. manufacturing facilities are responsible for keeping over 25 million pounds of used tires out of landfills every single year. That equates to about 800,000 tires kept out of landfills per year.
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system represents the U.S. Green Building Council’s effort to provide a national standard for what constitutes a “green building.” It is utilized as a design guideline and certification tool for architects and designers seeking to develop high-performance, sustainable buildings.
Rubber Flooring, Inc. recycled rubber flooring assists in earning points for New Construction and Major Renovations (LEED-NC) in two ways and can help earn an additional three points in the following ways (*):
|Indoor Environmental Quality||Low Emitting Materials *||EQ 4.1||1|
|Materials & Resources||Recycled Content||MR 4.1||1|
|Recycled Content||MR 4.2||1|
|Local/Regional Materials *||MR 5.1||1|
|Local/Regional Materials *||MR 5.2||1|
EQ 4.1 – Adhesives and Sealants must meet or be lower than the current VOC content limits of South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Rule #1169.
MR 4.1 – Use materials with recycled content such that the sum of post-consumer recycled content plus one half (the value of) of the post-industrial content constitutes at least 10% of the total value of the materials in the project.
MR 4.2 – Use materials with recycled content such that the sum of post-consumer recycled content plus one half (the value of) of the post-industrial content constitutes at least 20% of the total value of the materials in the project.
MR 5.1 – Use building materials or products that have been extracted, harvested or recovered, as well as manufactured, within 500 miles of the project site for a minimum of 10% (based on cost) of the total materials value. If only a fraction of a product or material is extracted/harvested/recovered and manufactured locally, then only that percentage (by weight) shall contribute to the regional value.