Cork is an eminently renewable resource harvested from the living bark of the Cork Oak. The properties of cork are derived naturally from the structure and chemical composition of the inner cells. Each cubic centimeter of cork’s honeycomb structure contains between 30 and 40 million polyhedral (14 sided) cells (over 100 million cells per cubic inch). Cork is harvested in a steady cycle that promotes healthy growth to the tree over its expected lifespan of over 200 years. Though the Cork Oak "Quercus suber" can flourish in many climates, the conditions that favor commercial use lie in a fairly narrow swath that cuts through Western Europe and Northern Africa along the Mediterranean coast.
Crossville® continually monitors Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards to ensure our sustainable products and practices meet or exceed requirements set by the U.S. Green Building Council. The following resources and documents will assist you in learning more about Crossville’s sustainable tile products and how they can contribute to LEED certification.
Mapes glazing and extruded aluminum products can perform at higher levels beyond the scope of the standards in the LEED rating system. In such cases, project teams have several options when specifying Mapes high performance architectural systems, including a request for a Credit Interpretation Ruling (CIR) from the USGBC Technical and Scientific Advisory Committee. Another strategy is to document the exemplary performance of Mapes assemblies from a whole building design perspective in the LEED Innovation in Design credit category.
NanaWall is a Lifestyle, not just a green product. The flexibility of the operable glass walls create a smaller carbon foot print by allowing designers to have flexible use spaces (interior & exterior), natural ventilation, daylight and exhilarating views. NanaWall operable glass wall systems creates value, luxury and shelter. The NanaWall is energy efficient, acoustical, and weather-resistant, including systems to withstand hurricanes. But the real value of the NanaWall is the Exhilarating Room Transformation owners and guests experience when you open the glass wall system and the outdoor environment and indoor environment becomes one seamless environment.
Diamond Kote products are made in the Midwest. They take pride that their products are made from water-borne materials resulting in low V.O.C. emissions. As a company they are committed to seeking new ways to further reduce their impact on the environment. Their new semi-trucks have a compressed natural gas engine, which is one of the most economical, dependable near-zero emissions engine on the road today. With their new trucks, greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced up to 20%.