Go Green On The Floor

As the world moves towards sustainable construction ideas, a good fitout specialist will move you to choose green flooring

Opting for eco-friendly flooring helps to save natural resources and also reduces the use of harsh chemicals used in engineered flooring which could be harmful to health. Green flooring is any flooring that is sustainable, eco-friendly, contains recycled material, and leaves a small carbon footprint. Here are a few eco-friendly flooring ideas to try.

Cork: Cork floors are made from cork bark. To create flooring products, cork is ground up, compressed, and formed into sheets bonded with resins. Cork is also biodegradable and will absorb into the environment at the end of its life cycle.

Bamboo: Bamboo flooring is becoming an increasingly popular choice because it’s eco-friendly, durability and is cost effective. It is known to be twice as hard as oak wood making it a great choice for residential and commercial use. Bamboo is an inexpensive alternative to hardwood flooring. It is available in different finishes and can be glued or nailed to the subfloor.

Stone: Natural stone tile (like Limestone, Slate, Quartzite, Marble) makes a good choice as well. Stone is a natural, non-manufactured material straight from the Earth. It doesn’t require any harmful chemicals to clean it. Choosing a locally sourced stone will ensure the minimum transport related carbon footprint. However, this can escalate your costs too.

Rubber: Choosing flooring that has been made from recycled rubber is a great option. Before installing it is always good to purchase it from an authentic source and ensure it’s a good eco-friendly product. Rubber floor can easily be recycled again when it’s no longer at its best. It also absorbs the noise and improves insulation making it perfect for a home gym, kitchen or laundry room.

Other popular options are leather tiles that are made from recycled leather from old car seat covers and waste product from leather tanneries. Wool carpet are super stylish and sustainable. PET carpet made of polyester fibre as a somewhat green alternative that are catching fancy in offices too. Our fitout specialists source them from manufacturers that use recycled soda and water bottles. It is also good for sound reduction, which is why it’s used in movie theatres and apartment buildings. The best choice is carpet made from natural materials such as wool, jute, and seagrass.

Factors such as the ability to be renewed, the ability to be recycled, transport distance, maintenance, life cycle make them all a great choice for cost-effective and environment-friendly construction.

If you want to invest in refurbishing, restructuring your office or medical facility, befitting your brand philosophy, reach out to us at BeekBuild. Call us on 0423 496 418 or write to us at ben@beekbuild.com.