Review Your Resilient Flooring Options
HOW TO PICK THE BEST FLOOR FOR YOUR FACILITY
Looking for a durable, stain- and water-resistant floor- ing option for your next renovation? Resilient flooring may fit the bill. This wide category includes a variety of
sturdy options for floors. Review your options below to ensure
you make the right choice.
What is Resilient Flooring?
Resilient flooring is a non-textile floor – i.e. not carpet – that
bounces back from repeated traffic and compression. This
wide category includes:
■ Luxury vinyl tile, which uses photo-realistic imaging to
mimic natural stone and wood on tiles or planks
■ Solid vinyl tile, made by molding resins and fillers into
squares or strips
■ Vinyl composition tile, an easy-to-install square tile that
accounts for more square footage than other resilient options
■ Sheet vinyl, sold in rolls and cut to the shape of a room
■ Linoleum, which is experiencing a recent revival in popularity
due to its natural ingredients (linseed oil, wood flour, lime-
stone, cork and tree resins)
■ Rubber, an ideal option for floors in high-impact spaces that
require frequent cleaning, such as those in fitness centers,
health clubs, healthcare facilities, gyms and dance floors
■ Cork, a natural material made from the bark of the cork oak
“About 94% of resilient flooring sold is vinyl-type products
because vinyl is such a durable, long-term-performing material,”
explains Dean Thompson, President of the Resilient Floor
Covering Institute. “Luxury vinyl tile has been a strong contributor to the growth in the hard flooring market due to the
advances in digital printing and the fact that LVT is designed
to work in both commercial and residential applications.”
How to Evaluate Your Options
There are a few ways to evaluate which resilient flooring fits
your facility, Thompson explains. First, ensure that your vendor
is offering a product that can
hold up to the traffic in your
building, Thompson notes. Vinyl
products typically have a wear
layer of 12-20 mils, whereas
rubber tile is required by ASTM
F 1344 to have a wear layer of
at least 40 mils. The thicker the
layer, the heavier the traffic that
the flooring can stand.
Several sustainability certifi-
cations are also available to help potential buyers sort through
their flooring options. They include:
FloorScore: Administered by SCS Global Services, this IAQ
certification covers hard surface flooring materials, adhe-
sives and underlayments. Flooring submissions are tested
for 35 VOCs that can contribute to poor air quality. Certified
products can contribute to points for LEED, BREEAM, the
Collaborative for High Performance Schools and other green
NSF 332: This multi-attribute product standard for resilient
flooring assigns points in six key areas: product design, manufacturing, long-term value, end-of-life management, corporate
governance and innovation. Flooring can be certified at a
Conformant, Silver, Gold or Platinum level depending on the
number of points it earns.
Product ingredient labeling: This category includes
Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), Health Product
Declarations, Product Transparency Declarations and others
that examine product ingredients. Depending on the label,
manufacturers will disclose the names and amounts of product ingredients, whether the product contains recycled content and other screening information.
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Digital Platform Launched to
Share Green Building Information
ARC FACILITATES LEED CERTIFICATION, MEASURES
PERFORMANCE AND BENCHMARKS GREEN BUILDING
Looking to make green building information easier to share and find, the new technology company Arc Skoru Inc. will host a new platform, Arc, which users to mea-
sure improvements to a project and benchmark it against itself
and nearby buildings.
Originating from Green
Business Certification Inc.
(GBCI), Arc will also facilitate
LEED certification. Users with
LEED-certified buildings can use
the platform to compare their
buildings with other facilities.
The platform will also make it
easier for non-certified buildings to achieve LEED certification.
“Arc allows buildings, communities and cities to compare
their performance against their peers and also connect to vet-
ted green building strategies,” says Scot Horst, CEO of Arc.
“Over the last two decades, LEED certification has become a
symbol of leadership, signifying that a project is saving ener-
gy, resources and water and is healthier for occupants and the
community. Now through the Arc platform, all buildings can
To learn more about the platform, visit www.arcskoru.com.