With increased national and international attention placed on the environment and our natural resources, the trend toward taking care of our environment through independent and collective action has since developed into what is now known as the "Green" business ethic. Today's average consumer is interested in healthy living and looks for products that support this ideal. Natural Cork is one of those products.
Natural Cork is environmentally correct as well as improving health and comfort for human indoor living. In our homes, Natural Cork floors create a warm, comfortable, resilient surface that is gentle underfoot, is anti-microbial, will not spread flame, and is inherently resistant to molds, mildews, and common pests. From harvest to production to installation, cork is environmentally sustainable, non-toxic, and healthy.
Natural Cork floors contribute to satisfying LEED credits for Rapidly Renewable Resources, Recycled Content, and Low Emitting Materials under the LEED Rating System. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings as administered by U.S. Green Building Council. USFloors is a member of the USGBC.
The determining factor for indoor air quality is the quantity of noxious emanations from volatile organic compounds in adhesives/binders and finishes. Natural Cork floors are produced with environmentally-friendly, water based adhesives/binders and finishes, such as our own Endura AR finish. Natural Cork® floating floors and parquet tiles are GREENGUARD® Children and Schools Indoor Air Quality Certified by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute, a 3rd party independent indoor air quality certifier recognized by LEED, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and many other institutions advocating green building both residentially and commercially. To learn more about the GREENGUARD® Indoor Air Quality Certification programs visit www.greenguard.org.