This article is designed to provide students with an introduction to sustainable and conventional flooring types, and explain some of the major features of each. It will discuss concepts of embodied energy, durability, cradle-to-cradle and cradle-to-grave life cycles, and use factors. It will also compare material costs and replacement rates to determine return on investment.
- Compare flooring types & properties.Â
- Describe embodied energy and the factors that make a flooring material green.Â
- Analyze how flooring choices influence indoor air quality.
- Explain LEED credits ( documentation, implementation and calculations) associated with flooring.