What Makes a Product Green?
As a proud member of the United States Green Building Council, Pavé Tile & Stone, Inc. contributes to the green building movement to help clean up our planet. There are many questions we face when building a home, and the forefront of these questions should be, "How can we build a beautiful home and a green home?" To the homeowner, architect and designer - the challenge is defining what is Green? What materials can contribute to building a green home? From the article, "Building Materials: What Makes a Product Green?" featured from Environmental Building News, February 1, 2006, there are "quantifiable, easily verifiable standards."
Please scroll down to read excerpts of "Building Materials: What Makes a Product Green?" and learn how Pavé Tile and Stone can highly contribute to building your beautiful and GREEN home.
From the article, "Building Materials: What Makes a Product Green?" featured from Environmental Building News February 1, 2006, this article's excerpt reviews the criteria used to designate building products as green.
1. Products Made with Salvaged, Recycled, or Agricultural Waste Content: Salvaged Products - whenever we can use a product instead of producing a new one from raw materials - we save on resource use and energy.
Pavé Tile & Stone, Inc. offers one of the most comprehensive range of Antiqued and French Reclaimed Terra Cotta Tile Floorings on the market.
2. Products that Conserve Natural Resources: Aside from salvaged content, there are a number of other ways that products can contribute to the conservation of natural resources. These products that are especially durable and won't need replacement as often..and products made from FSC-certified wood..."
2b. Products with exceptional durability or low maintenance requirements - These products are environmentally attractive because they need to be replaced less frequently, or their maintenance has very low impact.
Pavé Tile and Stone, Inc. Terra Cotta and Stone Collection are materials that will last in one's home for generations to come with extremely minimal maintenance. Terra Cotta and Stone naturally patinas with age, contributing to a more beautiful floor as the years go by. Terra cotta floors also contribute to a home's energy efficency as part of a passive solar system: it asborbs heat during the day and releases it as temperatures drop at night.
2d. Rapidly Renewable Products - They are biodegradable, often low in VOC emissions and generally produced from agricultural crops. Because sunlight is generally the primary energy input (via photosynthesis), these products may be less-energy intensive to produce.
Pavé Tile and Stone, Inc. is a primary distributor of BioShield waxes and oils. As a finish for many of their Terra Cotta Collections, the BioShield Collection of waxes, "are made from primarily naturally-derived raw materials including citrus peel extracts, essential oils, seed oils, tree resins, inert mineral fillers, tree and bees waxes, lead-free dryers and natural pigments." These materials are VOC-free.
Pavé Tile & Stone, Inc's. Antiqued Terra Cotta Tile Flooring Collections like St. Tropez and Montmartre, are produced by hand and fired in kilns fueled by discarded olive pits - a by-product of the production of olive oil. This contributes to the reduction of fossil fuels and creatively uses a renewable resource.
3. Products that Avoid Toxic or Other Emissions: Some building products are considered green because they have low manufacturing impacts, because they are alternatives to conventional products made from chemicals considered problematic or because they facilitate a reduction in polluting emissions from building maintenance.
3a. Natural or minimally processed products...can be green because of low energy use and low risk of chemical releases during manufacture. These include wood products, agricultural or non-agricultural plant products, mineral products such as natural stone and slate and clay.
3b. Alternatives to ozone-depleting substances (like BioShield Waxes and Oils)
3c. Alternatives to hazardous products (like BioShield Waxes and Oils)
3e. Products that reduce storm water pollution - porous paving products and green roofing systems (like Pavé's Terra Cotta Tile and Tuile Terra Cotta Roofing Tile Collections) result in less storm water runoff and thereby reduce surface water pollution.
5. Products that Contribute to a Safe, Healthy Built Environment: Buildings should be healthy to live or to work in and around, and product selection is a significant determinant of indoor environment quality.
5a. Products that do not release significant pollutants into the building - included here are zero - and low-VOC paints, caulks and adhesives.
Pavé Tile and Stone is a main distributor of BioShield - waxes and oils with zero-VOC emissions.
5b. Products that block the introduction, development, or spread of indoor contaminants - certain materials and products are green because they prevent the generation or introduction of pollutants - especially biological contaminants - into occupied space.
The Pavé Tile and Stone Terra Cotta Collections are treated with water soluble, non-toxic stains and zero-VOC emission sealers. Applying the BioShield zero-emissons waxes or oils that complete the installation procedure, the finished floor becomes non-porous, very hygienic and sanitary, extremely easy to clean and maintain and will not propagate the cycle of biological contaminants that can occur with carpet and wood