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Materials, Furniture, and Furnishings Replacement

Daily wear and tear means that materials, furniture and furnishings require periodic replacement.

Following are Sustainable Strategies to consider as you replace Materials, Furniture, and Furnishings. Refer to the Share Section for a representative project Case Study to discover key practices, benefits, results and checklists.

Sustainable Strategies

Flooring
Carpet (Broadloom and Modular Carpet Tile)
Hard Flooring (Wood, Ceramic, Concrete and Terrazzo)
Resilient Flooring (Linoleum, Rubber, Cork and Vinyl)
Raised Access Floor
Walls
Paint
  • Use Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) environmental and energy guidelines for product and service purchases
  • Consider use of lighter colors that reflect light in support of daylight strategies and to avoid the VOCs that are often added when tinting paint
  • Protect indoor air quality by using water-based latex or acrylic primers and paints with low VOCs and schedule work after hours
  • Complete painting before installation of porous materials, such as carpet or ceiling tiles
Wall Covering
  • Use Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) environmental and energy guidelines for product and service purchases
  • Specify vapor-permeable wall covering to avoid mold growth and indoor air quality problems
  • Specify low-VOC installation adhesive
Ceiling
  • Use Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) environmental and energy guidelines for product and service purchases
  • Choose ceiling tiles free of formaldehyde
  • Install ceilings after wet finishes have dried and solvents have cured, so that VOCs are exhausted and not adsorbed by surfaces
  • Use products that have manufacturer take-back programs
  • Use light-colored ceiling tiles to reflect daylight to allow natural light to effectively move throughout the space
  • Consider leaving ceilings unfinished in non-critical spaces such as storage spaces
  • Select and install acoustical ceiling tiles with higher Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) absorption in the open office areas
Windows
  • Use Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) environmental and energy guidelines for product and service purchases
  • Consider windows with low emissivity coatings to prevent heat and ultraviolet (UV) rays from passing through the glass
  • Use relights or interior glazing to increase access to daylight beyond the window wall
  • Select durable, efficient window frames that can withstand exposure to exterior elements
  • If replacement is required select energy efficient double or triple glazing windows
Window Treatments
  • Use Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) environmental and energy guidelines for product and service purchases
  • Use shades made from recyclable non-PVC fabric that is 3rd party certified
  • Use dynamic systems such as automated shades to block, control or filter sunlight to avoid negative effects of glare and heat and maximize good daylight
  • Keep views to exterior to reduce mental stress and increase visual rest
Door System
Furniture and Furnishings
Appliances

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