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Ceramic Tile


Description

Ceramic is an inorganic, non metallic solid surface that has been used in flooring for centuries. Ceramic tiles are commonly used in areas where the effects of water, such as a restroom, are widely prevalent.


Tips

O+M Tips

  • Use cleaning chemicals and solutions that are Green Seal certified or use a mixture of hot water and vinegar.
  • Use cleaning chemicals and solutions that are Green Seal certified or use a mixture of hot water and vinegar.

End of Life Tips

  • Not easily recycled as the adhesive used during the installation process needs to be cleaned and removed from the tile.
  • If in good condition, flooring materials can be donated to organizations like Habitat for Humanity that will reuse them.
  • If the tile cannot be reused, recycling is the next best option. Some local recycling facilities may recycle old ceramic tiles; however, they most likely will charge a fee to do so. Contact the flooring manufacturer for recycling information, or visit Earth 911 http://earth911.com/ to determine the capacity of local facilities.

For alignment with LEED Standards

  • Regional Materials: At a minimum, use 20% of the combined value of construction and Division 12 (Furniture) materials and products that are manufactured regionally within a radius of 500 miles. Additionally, use a minimum of 10% of the combined value of construction and Division 12 (Furniture) materials and products extracted, harvested or recovered, as well as manufactured, within 500 miles of the project.
  • Construction Waste: Recycle and/or salvage a minimum of 50% of nonhazardous construction and demolition debris.
  • Adhesives: Must meet the volatile organic compound (VOC) requirements of South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Rule 1168.
  • Regional Materials: At a minimum, use 20% of the combined value of construction and Division 12 (Furniture) materials and products that are manufactured regionally within a radius of 500 miles. Additionally, use a minimum of 10% of the combined value of construction and Division 12 (Furniture) materials and products extracted, harvested or recovered, as well as manufactured, within 500 miles of the project.
  • Sealants: Must meet the volatile organic compound (VOC) requirements of South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Rule 1113