We like to think of ourselves as an environmentally conscious duo. As we have the opportunity to renovate and discover new products that are greener, we like to share those with you. There is a ton of information around about green buildings and materials including LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). LEED is a certification program and suite of rating systems for sustainable buildings developed by the US Green Building Council (USGBC).
The first certifications under a new sustainability standard for the tile industry, called Green Squared, were announced yesterday by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS). Green Squared was developed by the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) and is the flooring industry's first sustainability standard for tile and tile installation materials.
Products eligible to achieve Green Squared certification include ceramic and glass tiles, grouts, mortars, backer boards, underlayments, and waterproof membranes. The standard addresses environmental product characteristics, product manufacturing, end-of-life management, corporate governance, and innovation.
In the future, hopefully more tile manufacturers will be certified Green Squared. To know if a product is certified, the Green Squared mark will be printed directly on certified products, on product packing or cartons belonging to certified products, or on promotional literature published about a certified product.
So if you are in the market, be sure to be as environmentally friendly as possible and use green certified products (and be wary of greenwashing) or reuse old products in a new way.