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Cork


Description

Cork flooring is made from the bark of cork oak trees. The bark can be stripped without introducing damage to the tree, making it a rapidly renewable resource.


Tips

O+M Tips

  • Use cleaning chemicals and solutions that are Green Seal certified.

End of Life Tips

  • Not easily recycled as cork is ground and mixed with resins during production and finished during the installation process.
  • Visit Earth911.com to determine the most responsible way to dispose of the material.

For alignment with LEED Standards

  • Regional Materials: For credit achievement calculation, products sourced (extracted, manufactured, purchased) within 100 miles (160 km) of the project site are valued at 200% of their base contributing cost.
    • BD+C and ID+C MR: Building Product Disclosure and Optimization – Sourcing of Raw Materials and Material Ingredients
    • O+M MR: Purchasing - Facility Maintenance and Renovation
  • Construction Waste: Recycle and/or salvage a minimum of 50% of nonhazardous construction and demolition debris.
    • BD+C and ID+C MR: Construction and Demolition Waste Management
  • At a minimum, 25% of the total cost of all materials and products used in the project must be responsibly extracted using one of the following criteria: extended producer responsibility, bio-based materials, certified wood products, materials reuse, recycled content, or other USGBC approved program.
    • BD+C and ID+C MR: Building Product Disclosure and Optimization - Sourcing of Raw Materials
  • Adhesives: Must meet the volatile organic compound (VOC) requirements of South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Rule 1168.
    • BD+C and ID+C EQ: Low-Emitting Materials
    • O+M MR: Purchasing - Facility Maintenance and Renovation