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.
At Artistry Hardwood Flooring we feel that it is important to do our part to protect our environment to the best of our ability. For this reason we are always pursuing options in manufacturing techniques and using raw materials that will reduce or eliminate the negative impact on our planet. For details on each products green story visit the "Environmental Information" tab in the left column of each product.
Capri cork is dedicated to offering high quality commercial floor coverings. With many green flooring choices, all Capri products are earth friendly, durable, easy to maintain and good looking. As the company name implies, Capri cork offers great cork flooring collections. Also from Capri are three rubber collections, two rubber cork blends and recycled rubber, including recycled rubber with cork content. All Capri products contribute to LEED credits and Capri is a member of the USGBC. Capri corkTM is a registered trademark.
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.
Maxxon's underlayment and sound control mats are now ALWAYS "Green". In today's building market, architects, designers, and building owners alike want solutions that offer superior performance and make environmental sense. Maxxon Underlayments offer the complete package, environmentally friendly with fast installation and drying time, and also may contribute toward earning points for LEED® project certification. Maxxon's Underlayments are GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality and GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certified... the most stringent product emission criteria in the market. Maxxon's Acousti-Mat® II, Enkasonic®, and Acousti-Mat® 3 are now always offered with 40% pre-consumer recycled content and are GREENGUARD Children & Schools certified. Covered with a GREENGUARD-certified Maxxon underlayment, the Acousti-Mat systems are the ultimate in green-friendly sound control solutions! Maxxon Corporation is a founding member of the Mississippi Headwaters Chapter of the USGBC.
Zeager continues its good environmental practices by supplying a 100% recycled foam drainage product to the greenroof industry . Zeager's involvement started when they were approached by a leading greenroof designer - Roofscapes Inc. about their drainage product called Duradrain® which they had used as a drainage base for their various playground surfacing systems. Roofscapes incorporated this drainage product into their Roofrug® system as a drainage media and to promote root growth. Since then, there has been much excitement about this affordable system since it is excellent for retrofit situations requiring little or no structural enhancements.