Here are just some of the sustainable building and design products that we recommend to our clients and associates. We implemented many of these into the construction of the Green Loft.
Sustainable Building Materials
Harmony Zero VOC Paint Contains no Volatile Organic Compound emissions and improves indoor air quality. • Low Odor • Formulated Without Silica • Anti-microbial Properties to Resist Mildew • High Hide, Durable
VOCs, present in other materials, are chemicals that evaporate easily at room temperature. They are termed “organic” because they contain carbon. VOC exposure is often associated with an odor and is always harmful to human health.
EcoCycle by Crossville This leading company, product, and service is the world’s first certified tile waste recycler. They are certified through the Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) for their sustainability claims.
In addition to recycling tile flooring material for continued use, Crossville also designs home elements that are inspired by natural geography in our country.
Cork Flooring Cork is a rapidly renewing resource harvested in 9 year cycles, making it perfect for a sustainable building material. In the harvesting of their bark, cork trees are not damaged in any way by this process.
We recommend Expanko Cork Flooring for your construction, which is made from 100% pre-consumer waste and uses low VOC adhesives and sealants.
Recycled Upholstery Another great way to increase the sustainability of your home or building is with recycled upholstery. Recycled upholstery products are made from recycled plastic bottles and turned into post-consumer polyester, which is then spun into material for furniture.
The companies that produce this material are held to the highest standards of scrutiny to ensure that the material meets all human and environmental health criteria. Contact Green Loft for resources regarding recycled upholstery.
Plyboo Wall Panels Plyboo is a 100% bamboo product with no fillers. It is an innovative sustainable building material just starting to catch on.
All Plyboo is made from a rapidly growing bamboo species that naturally replenishes itself much faster than other wood sources, usually in just 5 to 6 years. This material was developed by the Smith & Fong Company, which is a leader in sustainable business practices.
ACM Panels ACM stand for Aluminum Composite Material, and the panels are used for building exteriors. The recycled content of the panels is about 85%.
Ceramic Tiles Ceramic materials have been used for tiles dating all the way back to ancient times. The raw materials for ceramic tiles have one of the shortest life cycles of any floor or wall covering material, making it great for sustainability.
Some companies, such as Eco-Body, produce ceramic tiles with the added green bonus of using up to 21% recycled materials.
Autostone Tile AutoStone is a high-recycled content flooring material composed of 50% pre-consumer and 10% post-consumer waste. They are produced in a “closed cycle” production facility which greatly reduces pollution and recovers 100% of its production materials. Also, zero emission and dispersal!
Lonseal Vinyl Flooring Uses 20% recycled content and a low VOC emitting product.
Lonseal is dedicated to vinyl recycling and recycles 12.6 million pounds of post-industrial vinyl each year. They also recycle 81% of the water they use back into their manufacturing process
Corn-Made Fabric Herman Miller furniture uses a proprietary fabric that is created from corn. As a biological nutrient, it can be quickly composted and go back into the soil at the end of its use-life.
Manufacturing fabric made from corn relies primarily on hydroelectric power, greatly reducing the release of greenhouse gases to create this material.
Ethos Carpet Ethos carpet by Tandus uses backing that contains 75% post-consumer recycled materials – everything from safe polymers to safety glass.
Their manufacturing process to create this extraordinary carpet also uses 25% less yarn in their manufacturing process than the industry average.
Water Conservation Products
Indoor Water Conservation Products Water conservation is an important part of sustainable home design. Using low-flow faucets, dual flush toilets, and water-free urinals, many buildings can save over 45% of their water use, compared to using standard fixtures.
Water Cisterns Businesses and other buildings that use a lot of water can use water cisterns to save or collect water.
If excavating a site involves moving water off the site, a water cistern can collect all of that water for later use, rather than dumping it directly into the storm drain system. Rain collection water cisterns can also be employed to collect free water for companies that will use it, such as car washes.
Light Energy Conservation Products
Daylight Harvesting Taking advantage of the natural light of the sun provides an opportunities to reduce energy use.
Daylight harvesting is a sustainability practice that does just that. Among other design features, an automatic indoor light dimming system can adjust indoor lighting strength proportionally to changing levels of sun light, ensuring that you only use (and pay for) the lighting energy that you need.
Ciralight Skylights Ciralight is a fascinating breakthrough technology that increases the amount and time of natural light coming into a building, usually used by shop facilities. It uses daylight tracking technology to do this, saving energy and creating a more comfortable, well-lit workplace for workers.
Ciralight is a local product, manufactured in Park City, Utah.
Window Tinting This is an excellent and low-cost method to reduce a building’s energy bill. Contact us for referrals to local glass tinting contractors.
Cooling Energy Conservation
Indirect Evaporative Cooling Indirect evaporative cooling takes advantage of the efficiency of evaporative cooling without adding moisture to the primary air flow. The system only uses a small amount of energy compared to a standard air conditioning system.
To accomplish this, IEC cools a secondary air stream with water before sending the air through a heat exchanger. The cooled air is then circulated with a blower.