30 For North America, Polyflor has produced a separate guide to demonstrate where Polyflor floorcoverings have the potential to contribute to LEED® points, with a detailed explanation of how our products fulfill the below requirements:LEED®WATER EFFICIENCYWE Credit 3.2: Water use reduction (30% reduction)In production Polyflor uses only 4% of its water supply from mains, with 96% being recycled from the lodge water. The easier to clean PU and PUR ranges ensure that the use of cleaning chemicals, strippers and water are significantly reduced. Polyflor's Polysafe PUR and Polysafe Supratec PUR floorcoverings use 60% less water than non PUR vinyl and Polyflor's homogeneous PUR floorcoverings use 55% less water.ENERGY & ATMOSPHEREEA Credit 1: Optimise energy performancePolyflor flooring is energy efficient in the production phase of its life cycle, using 43% less energy than 11 years ago and in that time reducing carbon emissions by 16,410 tonnes. Over the in use phase of its life cycle, our low maintenance families (PU, PUR & Supratec PUR) will save energy through reduced usage of cleaning machinery. Along with its 20-25 year life span, energy consumed and carbon dioxide emissions are significantly reduced.MATERIALS & RESOURCESMR Credit 1.1: Building reuse (maintain 75% of existing floors)Polyflor ranges have excellent durability. Vinyl flooring is renowned for its longevity of life compared to many alternative resilient floorcoverings - typically 20-25 years.MR Credit 2.1: Construction Waste Management (divert 50% from disposal)MR Credit 2.2: Construction Waste Management (divert 75% from disposal)Dedicated to the 'Halving Waste to Landfill' commitment, the Recofloor scheme (of which Polyflor is a founding and funding member) complies with site waste management legislation and diverts vinyl flooring waste (off-cuts and uplifted) from going to landfill.MR Credit 4.1: 10% Recycled content (post-consumer + ½ pre-consumer)MR Credit 4.2: 20% Recycled content (post-consumer + ½ pre-consumer)Polyflor homogeneous ranges contain an average of 25% recycled material, which includes process waste, sampling waste, materials from site and from the distribution chain. In 2011 we recycled 10,314 tonnes of production waste and over 547 tonnes of post consumer waste back into new product.MR Credit 5.1: Regional Materials (10% extracted, processed & manufactured regionally)MR Credit 5.2: Regional Materials (20% extracted, processed & manufactured regionally)As a global company, Polyflor flooring is manufactured in the UK, across Europe and Asia and raw and recycled materials are locally sourced.INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITYIEQ Credit 4.1: Low emitting materials (adhesives and sealants)In North America, Polyflor recommend Mapei Eco 350 and 360 for all homogeneous sheet floorcovering. For our luxury vinyl tile ranges, we recommend Mapei Eco 300 and 360. For Polysafe ranges, Polyflor recommend the use of Mapei G 212 - part polyurethane, which is solvent free. These adhesives are rated 'extremely low TVOC' and are low odour, non flammable and solvent free. They also meet the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) low VOC emission criteria, achieved through the Indoor Air Quality Adhesive Testing Programme. IEQ Credit 4.3: Low emitting materials (carpet systems) All of our ranges have passed key international standards but over the last few years we have reformulated all our ranges to ensure their VOC emissions are kept to the lowest levels achievable. The VOC emissions on our range of flooring products have been tested by independent laboratories and are all below the strictly set, acceptable levels of the AgBB test method. Polyflor has also achieved FloorScore® certification and has had key homogeneous, safety and luxury vinyl tile ranges evaluated - certificates for these products are available at www.scscertified.com.IEQ Credit 5: Indoor chemical & pollutant source control The in use phase of the resilient flooring life cycle accounts for at least 80% of its environmental impact. The easier to clean PU and PUR ranges ensure that the use of cleaning chemicals, strippers and water are significantly reduced. Furthermore Polyflor's homogeneous PUR facilitates a life long polish free maintenance regime.
Environmentally Preferable Flooring 2012 Environmental Assessments31The Ecospecifier scheme is described as a guide to eco and health preferable products, materials and technologies for the built environment. We are registered to this scheme in Australia and South Africa. In Australia the Ecospecifier assessment has placed Polyflor homogeneous PUR ranges in the top 15% of resilient finishes based on their environmental impact.Ecospecifier & BASTAAssessment of materials is based on a life cycle approach and measuring the impact of products in the critical areas below:. Reduction of Energy and Greenhouse Gases. Habitat and Land Degradation . Resource Depletion and Efficiency. Occupant and Contractor Health. Toxicity to Land, Air and WaterDue to the strong performance in minimising the environmental impact in these categories, Polyflor products, including Pearlazzo PUR, Prestige PUR, Mystique PUR, Classic Mystique PUR, 2000 PUR and XL PU are listed on the Ecospecifier.com.au database of environmentally preferable materials, providing architects, designers and specifiers in general with an easier and effective way to select an environmentally sustainable flooring product. In addition to this, Polyflor has become the first commercial flooring organisation in Australia and New Zealand to achieve Ecospecifier's 'Green Tag' LCARate certification in its homogeneous, safety and LVT ranges, 22 in total. Importantly, Polyflor vinyl flooring also achieves a GreenRate level 'A', scoring maximum points in the Materials-Flooring Calculator and IEQ-VOC sections of the Green Star rating tools.There are many environmental schemes in place around the world and we have also successfully registered with BASTA in Sweden, which aims to phase out harmful products in construction and offer a select database of registered sustainable products, similar to the Ecospecifier method.There is a commonality with all of these schemes, and that is that Polyflor ranges are consistently evaluated as being an environmentally beneficial choice of flooring.